Karen White Author Event – ‘Grit Lit’ in The Walton Sun

Karen White Author Event – ‘Grit Lit’ in The Walton Sun
Interview with the Author – Special to The Walton Sun by Deborah Wheeler.

Karen White, a part-time resident of the WaterColor community, has penned her 16th novel — “The Time Between” — and will be reading from it and signing copies at The Blue Giraffe on June 25.

White said her latest work spans between 1944 Hungary to modern-day South Carolina. “It’s about sisters and forgiveness,” she said. The idea for the book came through an article the author came across in a newspaper a few years back.

The article was about two sisters who escaped Hungary in 1944, never married, lived in the same house together and were very socially active in their community. However, the sisters suddenly became reclusive, and a couple of years later, both were found dead in their home within days of each other. “Obviously something happened to make them become reclusive, and while I didn’t know what it was, it sparked my imagination and I made up my own story. So, it is a work of fiction,” White said. White doesn’t have a sister, but her mother had five and she always enjoyed sitting in on their sisterly talks and watching their close interactions. “I always wished I had a sister and the way sisters interact intrigues me,” she said.

A native of “nowhere” while growing up, White lived all over the world, with the longest time spent in one place — the seven years she lived in London. A constant, though, were summers spent with her grandmother in DeFuniak Springs. So, it became a given that she would bring her own family to vacation in South Walton. White says reading has always been her favorite thing to do. She describes writing as a dream that she never took seriously even though she still remembers a teacher telling her “You’re so creative, you should write!” Instead, she went into the field of business management until her daughter was born and she moved from Washington, D.C., toAtlanta. Ten years later, after leaving the business world, she began writing her first novel in 1996 just to see if she could. “In the Shadow of the Moon” took three years to complete and came out in 2000. She entered it in a literary contest and was thrilled when it won. One of the judges was an agent who asked to represent her. “In the Shadow of the Moon” was nominated for the prestigious RITA award in 2001 in two separate categories. Her books have since been nominated for national contests including two more RITAs and the SIBA (Southeastern Booksellers Association) Fiction Book of the Year. She has also twice won the National Readers’ Choice Award for “Learning to Breathe” and “On Folly Beach.”

She enjoys writing what she refers to as “grit lit” — Southern women’s fiction. However, White’s creative writing sparks could be ignited by almost anything, she said, such as someone saying something interesting, or a picture she might see in a coffee table book. Her interests are varied and easily inspired.

“I know when I get a tingly feeling that I am on to something,” she said. That tingly feeling has paid off as the author’s work has made it onto the New York Times Best Sellers list twice. “That achievement came as a complete surprise, but it is good to know that more than family and friends are buying my work,” she said. Her 2012 releases, “Sea Change” and “After the Rain” debuted on the New York Times bestseller list at number 12 and 14 respectively. Her fourth and final book in her Tradd Street series, “Return toTradd Street,” is scheduled for publication in January 2014.

Debbie Taylor, who co-owns The Blue Giraffe at WaterColor with daughter Christi Sheffield, said White’s publisher contacted The Blue Giraffe to be a part of a multi-city national tour as the author debuts this first hardcover and novel, “The Time Between.” “”The Time Between” is by far one of the best books I have read in many years,” Sheffield said. “I started reading it on a Monday night and was finished by Thursday night. I literally stayed up reading past midnight every night because I didn’t want to put it down. What a beautifully written and enthralling story with such an important life message. We are thrilled to be part of her national book signing tour.”

White will read an excerpt from the book, followed by a short Q&A session before the signing. The event begins at 10 a.m.

Published in The Walton Sun 6-22-13




Karen White Book Signing

Karen White Book Signing

New York Times bestselling author Karen White was at The Blue Giraffe on June 25th as part of a national tour promoting her latest novel and first-ever hardcover, THE TIME BETWEEN.  We are thrilled to report that her 16th novel debuted at #25 on the New York Times bestsellers list!  Despite a little rain, lots of loyal fans joined us to hear Karen read from THE TIME BETWEEN, then enjoyed a lively discussion with this gifted author and gracious woman.

The Blue Giraffe co-owner, Christi, stated ” The Time Between is by far one of the best books I have read in many years! I started reading it on a Monday night and was finished by Thursday night. I literally stayed up reading past midnight every night because I didn’t want to put it down! What a beautifully written and enthralling story with such an important life message.”

Karen took the time to autograph several copies of her book which are available in our gallery. If you were unable to attend her event, we will be happy to mail you a copy.  Simply call us at 850.231.5112 to place your order.

Read this great interview with Karen that was published in The Walton Sun on June 22, 2013:   ‘Grit Lit’ by Deborah Wheeler – Special to The Walton Sun

Author/Photographer, Ginger Jackson Sinton

Author/Photographer, Ginger Jackson Sinton

In her new book, “Rare Coastal Dune Lakes: Biodiversity and a Sense of Home”, author/photographer Ginger Jackson Sinton explores the beauty of the lakes and the diversity of their ecosystems. Rare Coastal Dune Lakes are fifteen, dynamic, geological treasures – freshwater with occasional saltwater exchange from the gulf – in Walton County, Florida. Ginger’s recent publication, a full-color, 112-page, softbound photobook, reveals the beauty and rarity of the lakes and surrounding communities along the Scenic Highway 30A area. With an eye for nature, six axis controller apk she weaves personal anecdotes throughout the photo guidebook. A “Sense of Home” in the subtitle is twofold: habitats of native plants and animals and her own fondness for the colorful locale along the Gulf Coast.

The Blue Giraffe was honored to host a book signing with Ginger Jackson Sinton on Memorial Day, May 27, 2013. Thanks to the wonderful folks who came by to meet this native Georgian who considers South Walton her second home…they now have their own autographed copy of Ginger’s beautiful book!

Author/Photographer, Ginger Jackson Sinton


Ginger with Christi, co-owner of The Blue Giraffe

Ginger Sinton

Learn to Paint our Local Beaches and Coastal Dune Lakes

Have you ever been fascinated by a work of art and wondered … “How did they do that? I wish I could do that!” Have you ever looked out across Western Lake or one of the beaches along 30A and thought … “Gosh, I wish I could paint that scene!” If so, it’s never too late to learn where to start.

Local 30A artist, Aaron Sutton has developed a very simple method to help you enjoy painting and take out most of the guesswork. Once you have spent one afternoon with Aaron, you will not only return home with your very own original painting, but also a “recipe” that you can use to enjoy creating artwork for years.

“Once I discovered this method for myself, I truly began to enjoy painting. It removed stress and allowed me to be creative with the paint.”

Aaron, who is both red/green and blue/violet colorblind, believes that anyone can enjoy painting with his simple method. Even with severe colorblindness, using this technique, Aaron can paint just about anything you put in front of him.

Contact the gallery today to sign up for the next painting adventure with Aaron. You don’t need to bring anything but a positive attitude, water and sunscreen! Most of the classes will be Thursday afternoons from 2:00 – 5:00.  Cost is $200 per person, paid in full at time of sign-up.  For more details and to sign-up, call The Blue Giraffe at 850.231.5112.



Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 24th

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday sits Small Business Saturday®, a day dedicated to helping small businesses and their communities.

We at The Blue Giraffe are proud to take part in Small Business Saturday this year and we want to encourage you to Shop Small® with us on November 24th.

Visit Shop Small to register and learn about other ways to get involved and support your favorite small businesses. Also, don’t forget to “Like” and recommend us on Facebook!

Thank you for supporting Small Business Saturday 2012!


We are excited to offer a free 30A ornament

with each purchase of $200 or more on November 24th! 

Offer good only on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012 while supplies last!