Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Interview with Karen Lange: Homeschool Author

Welcome back to my blog, Karen.

Thanks so much for inviting me to stop by!

What prompted you to write Write for Life?

The lessons in Write for Life Volume One are ones I use with my teen homeschool students in an online writing co-op. I’ve long wanted to convert the lessons into book form for use at home or with student groups. These are lessons I wish I’d had when homeschooling my children. They break writing the research paper down into more manageable, less intimidating steps, offering tips, advice, and insight into the entire process.

What do you hope readers will take away from this book? read more

My hope is that readers, students in particular, will come away more confident in their research and writing skills. I believe that with practice and encouragement, every student can write. Certainly not everyone will become a bestselling author, but they can learn to express themselves better through writing. Improving communication skills helps students gain an edge for future pursuits. My philosophy is that everyone has something to share with others, and writing is one way to do that.

Who was Write for Life written for?

The book is designed for group, family, or individual student use.  This includes homeschoolers, public school students, and private school students. It can be used anytime to help students brush up on their research paper writing skills.

Write for Life includes an instructor guide with information and advice on how to help students through the process. While best used with parent or other adult supervision, self-motivated students can work through the lessons themselves. I've had a writer tell me recently that the lessons would also be suitable for anyone wanting to brush up on research skills.

Since Write for Life is more of an educational resource, how do you plan to market it? 

That’s a good question! I am exploring different options as we speak. They include doing articles and guest posts, spots on Blogtalk Radio, and of course, social media. In addition, I may offer some workshops in the future. I will also do another blog tour when Volume Two, Essay Writing, is released.

You mentioned that there is a Volume Two of Write for Life. What will that include? When will it be released?

Write for Life Volume Two’s topic is Essay Writing. It will follow the same format, offering ready to use lessons for grades 7-12 that will guide students through the essay writing process. The lesson topics include:  Essay basics and structure, Choosing topics and sources, Taking good notes, Thesis statements and outlines, Developing content, Revision and editing, MLA style source documentation, and Preparing for the test essay

I was excited as I  read through your book realizing what a help it will be for students. Thanks for stopping by!

Karen is running a contest for her current blog tour. Here is the link so you can enter.

You can also find her on Amazon Author Pageher blogFacebook Author PagePinterestTwitter, or email her at karenelange@gmail.com 


  1. Sandy,
    I'm thrilled that you are part of the tour! Thanks so much for having me over today. :)

  2. Congrats, Karen! You did a great job on the book, and I know parents will thank you.
    (So will all the adults who forgot this stuff!)