Friday, December 7, 2012

Guest Post: Karey White


The Inspiration for For What It's Worth

Abby's story of how she learned to make wedding cakes follows my story pretty closely. When I was a teenager, I found a cake decorating kit on the clearance table at JCPenney. I bought it and began practicing on cakes for all kinds of events. I made some birthday cakes, I made cakes for church parties and I decorated cakes for friend's showers. My first wedding cake was for my cousin when she got married. That cake was her wedding present and it turned out beautiful.
I started my wedding cake business after I'd been married a few years. When I'd been in business for more than ten years, I made a cake for a bride who had a candy themed wedding. The table decorations were beautiful glass jars of different brightly colored candies. It was so cute. Her cake was a fondant-covered cake with colorful fondant swirls. It wasn't a hard cake to make but when it was finished, it was stunning. I delivered the cake and set it up. As I was getting ready to leave, the bride's mother came up to me and after oohing and aahing for a couple of minutes, she said, "I'm so glad we found you. This looks so much more expensive than it was. No one is going to believe what a bargain we got."
I was glad she was so happy with the cake. I always loved exceeding people's expectations.
But a few days later, I was thinking about her comment and I thought, "I wonder what she thought that cake should cost." And then it hit me. I began to wonder what it would be like if I delivered wedding cakes and let the customers decide what they were worth.
I thought about it a lot. And thinking about it was all I did. I was never brave enough to actually try out the idea, but from that thought, the story took root and began to grow. The great thing about writing is that I could make Abby braver than me and that wildly brave idea made For What It's Worth a blast to write. I hope you love it!

Author Karey White

Karey White grew up in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Missouri. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist.

She loves to travel, read, bake treats, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four great children. She teaches summer creative writing courses to young people and is currently working on her next book.


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