Getting to know . . . me. Anticlimactic. Sorry.

HRMS front coverYours truly is a contributing author to He Restores My Soul, so I interviewed myself.

I know. I’m still debating whether or not it was a good idea.

Describe a normal day in the life of Katie Schuermann:

  • Dutifully stretch my plantar fascia before getting out of bed
  • Stand to pray certain prayers and recite certain creeds while looking out my bedroom window
  • Ride a bike or take a walk down the middle of our small-town roads
  • Try to do a pull-up and fail
  • Prepare a substantial amount of calories for my husband to eat and consume most of them myself
  • Spend the next several hours trying my absolute best to live up to my husband’s explanation for our life on this earth: “What are we here for if not to create things and take care of people?”
  • Mark three things off my to-do list
  • Add five things to my to-do list
  • Feel guilty for all of the ways I fail to care for people
  • Overanalyze something that is best forgotten
  • Stand to pray certain prayers and recite certain creeds while looking out the living room window
  • Dutifully stretch my plantar fascia before getting back in bed
  • Read until the drool begins to run down my chin

What three words best describe your personality?

Observant, organized, oversensitive 

Who do you go to for advice?

God in His Word, my husband, my parents, my pastors, my friends

What do you like to read?

Hymns. I also enjoy reading books about music history, composers, opera singers, nutrition, cooking, exercise, and the theology of the cross (not necessarily all in the same book) as well as stories that make me laugh and cry (namely, anything by James Herriot, L.M. Montgomery, or Bo Giertz).

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Forgiven and forgiving. Someone my husband likes and admires and enjoys. The author of a stand-alone novel that is worthy of a spot on your shelf.

Beverage of choice?


Mac or PC?

I am not sure which activity has taken up more hours of my life: driving a car or running updates on PCs.

Also, PCs try to kill manuscripts. My books have the scars to prove it.

Mac. all. the. way. There and back again. Like a good hobbit.

What do you want to eat when Mom is cooking? 

I want to press my fork into a crispy whole-grain waffle topped with pools of butter, a steady drizzling of Maple syrup, fresh blueberries and raspberries from the garden, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and newly whipped cream. No, it’s not too sweet.

Confirmation verse?

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16).

Which song do you hum the most?

“I Am Jesus’ Little Lamb”

If you could name the heroine of a fiction book, she would be called:

Emily Duke. Or Arlene Scheinberg. Or (you’ll have to wait and see).

What is your superpower?

Noticing you. Knowing you. Understanding you.

And putting together jigsaw puzzles.

What is your Kryptonite?

An open bag of kettle chips sitting next to a pint of French onion dip

How do you use hymns in your daily life?

I study them devotionally for comfort, I memorize them for edification, I sing them aloud as warfare against the devil, and I attempt to compose them for the joy of bringing good order to chaos. 

What scenery do you want to be viewing?

I am happiest gazing upon the farmland that lies west of my parents’ house in central Illinois or the coastline that lies north and east of Pemaquid Point Lighthouse in Maine.

Shoe of choice?

Alegria with an orthotic (That pesky plantar fascia!)

Favorite movie villain?

Microsoft Word. Oh, wait. That’s a villain from real life.

Which Psalm do you pray the most?

Psalms 13 and 51

What is your part in this book?

I served as the content editor for He Restores My Soul.

I also wrote two chapters: Chapter One is about how the Good Shepherd sometimes uses suffering to keep me in the fold, and Chapter Five is a story that considers how best to care for our sisters in Christ who regret their abortions.

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