Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Introducing the Oklahoma-Kansas-Iowa-Michigan-Arkansas-Indiana-Girl


I'm excited to be part of the Barn Door team and look forward to getting to know each and every one of you. This is only my second blog to be a member of. I'm also a blogger over at Hoosier Ink. (I'll list my own blogs below.)

As you can see by my title, I've lived a lot of places in the Midwest and even did a stint in the south.

I'm a pastor's wife.

But I'm happy to report that in my 30 years of marriage and ministry with my husband we've managed to stay put in Indiana for 13.5 years now.

Spring 2013
I love being a Midwestern girl. I have that Midwest twang mixed with a little Kansas drawl. Sometimes people aren't sure where I'm from if they have a keen ear for accents. But I only have to go just a little further south in Indiana to feel right at home with that southern drawl that crops up when I'm around southerners.

I'm super excited about my first novel being released in the spring/summer entitled, The Pastor's Wife Wears Biker Boots. I currently have three "faction" titles on Amazon right now, Sacagawea, Jaques Cartier and O Canada, Her Story. I have a contract with Bramley Books to create an interactive digital faction series for middle grades. So besides novel writing I'm in a steady state of doing historic research which I love.

Other stuff about me. I have five children and five grandchildren, three dogs, and my mother-in-law with Alzheimer's lives with us. I have adults twins with autism who live with us, too. To de-stress I like to ride my own motorcycle or just sit in a room and stare at the walls.

I am a full-time student at the ripe old age of 51 pursuing a degree in Special Education. A few years ago I asked God what to do -- write or go to school. He didn't answer. So I did both.

But enough about me. What do you like to do to de-stress? What do you like to read? What world explorer should I write about next? Have you ever been to Tonkawa, Oklahoma? Arkansas City, Kansas? Wichita? Des Moines? Lapeer? Indianapolis? Just where in the world would you like to go next? I'm all ears!

My "new" main blog:  The Quest

My "old" writing blog: Envision Publishing

My history blog:The History Scroll

 Karla Akins is a pastor's wife, mother of five, grandma to five beautiful little girls. One of her columns on was featured on the CNN homepage. When she's not writing she dreams of riding her motorcycle through the Smoky Mountains.


  1. Ouch! Done complaining about being tired...nice to have you here, Karla! You biker chicks amaze me.

    1. I'm so glad to be here, Lisa. Thanks for the invite and for reading. :-)

  2. What a cute book title! Will look for it on Amazon. Good luck with everything you've got going on!

  3. Wow, Karla! What a background to write from. I too have five kids but we have eight grands and no dogs-just fish. Our first kids are twins too. Our youngest is developmentally handicapped but living on his own with supervision. And we love to travel whether it's through books or by train, plane, ship, or automobile. Welcome to the Barn Door!

    1. We have so much in common. Twins, developmentally delayed kids. I may have to pick your brain sometime about your youngest regarding living on his own. That scares me. But I know it has to happen eventually. I've put myself on a five year plan to let go. LOL. Thanks for reading!

  4. WoW!! I too, am a Pastor's Wife who wears biker boots (I once wore my leather chaps in church! Mainly because they were too hard to take off and put back on)!! My husband and I love to ride the Smoky Mountains...mainly the Blue Ridge Parkway. Love the title of your book. I'm going to have to get that one! Glad to have you here! Hope too hear more in the future! ;-]

    1. Oh, Shelley, I love the Blue Ridge Parkway, too! Have you ridden the dragon yet? Such fun. And how hilarious to meet another pastor's wife who wears biker boots. :-) Thanks for reading! Ride, I mean, write on!

    2. Karla, YES, we have ridden the Dragon...a few times! And I take pictures from the back of the bike EVERY time we ride the Blue Ridge...don't ask me why. I just LOVE the view! But I get such a sense of closeness to God when I'm in the mountains. I seem to write better when I'm there. We like to stay in Maggie Valley, NC at the Stony Creek Motel. It's my "muse." ;)

  5. This is amazing! Almost a mirror of myself - also pastor's wife, moved around to several states following his calling, married 35 years, four sons and eight grandchildren. I don't have any books published yet, but am working on 2 historical fiction novels. I just joined The Barn Door on January 1st. I love your History Scroll blog! My blog Through the Milk Door does about same thing but during the 20s & 30s. Welcome!

    1. I love meeting other pastor's wives. I have four sons, too. Don't give up your dream of being published. I'm convinced it's the ones who persevere who make it. I'll have to check out your blog. It sounds delicious. Thanks for reading!


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