FACE-OFF with author Karen Swallow Prior

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Ok, let’s get this thing started by me saying that we all wish we were as stinking adorable as you!

That being said, let the introductions begin. Karen is a Professor of English at Liberty University. She recently wrote a book, that I reviewed, on Hannah More. Hannah was an abolitionist, poet and reformer in the 18th century (and on into the 19th). You can pick up a copy of Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More— – Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist and share it with your friends.

Unfortunately, being a woman, she did not receive the fame as her contemporaries did, even though her contribution to the abolition of slavery and schools for the underprivileged helped to change the world.

Now that we have taken care of business, it’s time to get this show on the road!

The rules are simple: I ask Karen some random questions. She replies and then I give my answers. Each winning answer is worth one point and I get to decide whose answer is better.

It’s my blog.

Here we go!

1. Who is your favorite person in history?

Karen – You mean besides Hannah More? Well, I guess that would be another favorite writer, Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels and the most splendid satire ever written, A Modest Proposal.

Charity – Whew. Ok. I thought you were going to pull the “Jesus” card. Of course He is first… I would have to go with George Washington and Jane Austen. Totally cliché, but I can’t help it! I am also very interested in British royals throughout the ages.

— Your answers are very original, while mine reek of trendiness. yuck.

Charity 0 / Karen 1

2. What’s your take on the festive holiday sweatshirts?

Karen – Um, no. Just no.

Charity – Ha ha ha ha. My husband has a sweatshirt that says “Moosletoe” with a picture of two moose (weird that that’s the plural of moose.) under mistletoe kissing. It’s wretched and he loves wearing it. ha.

— I think I get that one on account of my husband.

Charity 1 / Karen 1

3. Have you ever ridden a camel?

Karen – Yes! During a trip to Morocco. Not quite the same as riding a horse!

Charity – Me too! I was actually in Israel. I road a camel in Jericho. Pretty sweet. They are nasty though.

— tie

Charity 1 / Karen  1

4. What translation of the Bible is your “go to”?

Karen – ESV

Charity – NASB – My husband likes NIV, my oldest son (11th grade and wants to be a pastor) likes ESV and my youngest, understandably, likes NIrV (he’s 7). So, it’s a battle ground here.

— Wow. another tie, I guess?

Charity 1 / Karen 1

5. How has God been brought most glory through your career?

Karen – Well, you’d have to ask Him that, but if I had to guess it would be (I hope) in showing that Christians can love God with their minds—and their sense of humor, too.

Charity – I like that. Enjoying life through anything and loving others. I think that’s what it comes down to.

— We aren’t getting ANYWHERE!

6. Favorite flower?

Karen – Gerber daisies and antique roses.

Charity – I used to be a MAJOR FAN of the Gerber/Gerbera daisy. I have a problem though…Usually when things get too trendy, I stop liking them. So, whilst I still enjoy them, I have moved on to ranunculus and hydrangeas.

— You are solid. I am wishy-washy (such a dumb term). I’ll give you that one.

Charity 1 / Karen 2

7. Favorite sitcom?

Karen – Seinfeld

Charity – Oh, good one! I am a Friends lover first and foremost thought.

— This is getting ridiculous

Charity 1 / Karen 2

8. Summer, Fall, Winter, or Spring?

Karen – Summer, Spring, Fall, Winter—in that order. And I tolerate winter only for the boots. And scarves. And cool coats.

Charity – Hmm. I do love a good pair of boots and I love the hoodies. I am a fall girl, for sure. So pretty and festive and perfect weather (here in Virginia, at least).

— This was the closest Face-off I have ever done!

Final: Charity 1 / Karen 2

I suppose I will win one of these days! This one was so close….

Thanks, so much, Karen! I had a great time getting to know you. Looking forward to your next book on Jonathan Swift (;

In the meantime, you can check out her books at Karen’s Amazon Page. Or, you could check out her Twitter and Facebook. Authors love it when they get some love. I mean, face it…we all do!

Fierce Convictions — by Karen Swallow Prior

The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More – Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist

Hannah was born in 1745 and lived to be 88 years old. We don’t hear much of her, which is very surprising, due to the vast amount of change she brought to England. Born in relative poverty, she rose up to be friends with the elite. Something, I might add, that was virtually impossible in those days.

She spent her life serving God and trying to right the wrongs in the world. Friends with William Wilberforce, they fought slavery, poverty and other such evils. Hannah is responsible for much of the school systems that are in England even now.

I found this book to be very intriguing. I had never heard of Hannah More and really enjoyed hearing her story. I did find the book to be quite repetitive as it repeated the same points and stories multiple times. I also felt that it was very scattered. Instead of a timeline of her life, each chapter seemed dedicated to something she had done. It left me not really knowing where she was in her life at the time of each event. It caused a detachment from her as there was so much jumping around, it was nearly impossible to know which stage of her life she was in as the events took place.

I would definitely recommend the book. Her life and work should be recognized. If you would like to pick up a copy, just click HERE.

Thank you so much, booklookbloggers, for giving me a copy of this book. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!