Happy new year! I hope that you all have a fantastic 2017.
I will be posting on my site at least once a month from now on so please check in from time to time to see what I’m up to.
Today we have the privilege of having the brilliant author, Karen King, here on the blog. If your not familiar with her here is her,
A member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, the Society of Authors and the Society of Women Writers and Journalists, Karen King writes sassy, fun, heart-warming romances. ‘I do?- or do I?‘ is her first chick-lit for Accent Press and has recently been nominated for the RONA.
Karen has also written several short stories for women’s magazine, worked on various children’s magazines and had 120 children’s books published.
When she isn’t writing, Karen likes travelling, watching the ‘soaps’ and reading. Give her a good book and a box of chocolates and she thinks she’s in Heaven.
I caught up with her for an exclusive interview:
Thank you, Sarah, for inviting me to be the first guest on your blog. I’m honoured. I hope you and your readers had a lovely Christmas and wish you all a happy and prosperous New Year.
Welcome, Karen. Can you tell us what writing plans you’ve got for the New Year?
Well, Sarah, I’m quite excited about this year as I’ve finally finished the third book I was contracted to write for Accent Press, who have also published my chick lit ‘I do? – or do I?’ and my backlist romances, ‘The Millionaire Plan’ and ‘Never Say Forever’. The second book – I can’t divulge the title or cover yet – will be published in July. Accent Press are also republishing my YA ‘Perfect Summer’ in the summer, so it’ll be a big year for me and I’ll be busy promoting both books.
As for writing, well I have two more books that I’m working on but I also want to write some more short stories, both for adults and children. After three years of writing long books (they’re 75,000 words each) I want to write something shorter for a bit!
Apart from that, I’ve a pile of books waiting for me to read, and I’m hoping to do a bit more travelling. I love to travel to different countries, and often set some of my books in countries I’ve visited. ‘I do? – or do I?’ is partly set in France and Venice, and ‘Never Say Forever’ is partly set in Spain.
I asked Karen to tell us a bit more about herself.
What is the best thing about being a writer?
Getting a letter or email from someone who’s enjoyed reading my book. That makes my week!
What is the hardest thing about being a writer?
Finding time to write down all the ideas that are whizzing around in my head.
Can you tell us a fun fact about yourself?
It took me seventeen attempts and goodness knows how many years to pass my driving test. Seriously!
What is your top tip for new writers?
Stop faffing about and get that first draft down. Then you can go back and reread, revise and rewrite. If you don’t write something you have nothing to hone.
If you would like to find out more about Karen, here are some links:
Here is a sneak peak at her latest chick-lit novel:
Local journalist Cassie is getting married to hot-shot lawyer, reliable Timothy, and his mother Sylvia, who Cassie has nicknamed ‘Monster-in-Law’, wants to plan the entire wedding. When Sylvia books the exclusive ID Images to take photographs of the extravagant do, Cassie has no idea what she’s walking into.
The elusive JM, ID Images’ newest photographer, just so happens to be Jared, Cassie’s first love and ex-fiancé, who broke off their engagement to travel and take photos of far-reaching wonders. He’s back to pay for his next wild adventure.
Cassie decides it’s best to pretend not to know him, but when she’s asked to write an article for her newspaper, she’s tasked with a column surrounding all things wedding related. When Cassie jokingly writes a column meant for herself depicting her situation, a co-worker submits it in place of the real article and it’s soon making headlines, with readers asking the age old question – Who Will She Choose?
Jared must have seen the panic in her eyes because he quickly composed himself and shook Sylvia’s hand. ‘Delighted to meet you. And this must be the bride-to-be.’ He smiled at Cassie as if he’d never met her before. Never held her in his arms, kissed her, made love to her, promised that he’d love her forever and then walked out on her.
She’d often imagined seeing Jared again, wondered how she’d react. Now it all came flooding back and all she could do was remember how utterly devastated she’d felt when he’d walked out on her.
Get a grip, Cassie told herself. That was years ago. You’re over it now. You’re marrying Timothy. Jared is history.
She was suddenly aware that Jared was holding out his hand to her and Sylvia was watching her curiously. She forced a smile on her face and shook his hand, desperately hoping she showed no sign that his touch still made her tingle.
‘Miss Tyler,’ he said smoothly.
‘Call me Cassie,’ she told him. ‘Sorry I kept you waiting.’
‘Not a problem.’
How she wished she’d arrived on time. Jared used to tease her about being late. He probably thought she was still as ditzy as she was back then. If only she’d put on one of her power suits instead of a maxi dress, then she would have looked sophisticated and professional. Like she’d changed; which she had.
Oh God, she was still holding his hand. What must Sylvia think? She quickly removed her hand, tore her gaze from those big brown eyes, and tried to act as if her body wasn’t zinging at his touch. Just like it always had.
‘Take a seat, ladies, and tell me exactly what sort of photographs you’re looking for.’ He glanced down at his notes. ‘I see that the wedding is only two months away.’
‘Yes, we decided against a long engagement,’ Sylvia replied as if she was the bride. She sat down in one of the plush dark brown chairs and indicated for Cassie to take the other seat. ‘Timothy and Cassandra got engaged on Valentine’s Day and we thought a summer wedding would be lovely. Especially when we managed to secure Hollington Castle,’ she paused to make sure this announcement had the desired effect.
Jared nodded, looking suitably impressed, and Sylvia continued, ‘I know it’s short notice but Daniel assured me you’d be able to fit us in.’ She was letting him know that she was on first name terms with the director of the company.
Jared nodded again. ‘We’ve had a cancellation for that date, so yes, we can accommodate you both.’ His gaze flicked to Cassie then back to Sylvia. ‘Would you like a cup of coffee while we discuss the arrangements?’
‘Thank you. Black with no sugar, please.’
Jared raised an eyebrow questioningly at Cassie. ‘And for you, Cassie?’
‘Black with no sugar for me too, please,’ she replied. That would surprise him. She always used to have white coffee with two sugars. The Cassie he used to know had a sweet tooth. At least that was one thing that had changed. Except it hadn’t, really, she was only drinking black coffee to make sure she could get into her wedding dress. Well, to be honest she was drinking black coffee in front of Timothy and his mother because they would frown and remind her about needing to get into the wedding dress. When they weren’t around she still took her coffee with milk and sugar. She thought longingly of the iced mocha she’d be enjoying with Sam later.
Jared pressed the intercom and asked the receptionist to bring in the coffees, then he leant forward, linked his hands under his chin, and gave Cassie the benefit of his full attention. Devastating. She quickly averted her gaze. ‘Now, tell me about the wedding,’ he said. ‘It’s important that I get a feel of the atmosphere you’re trying to create so I know what tone to set with the photos. We aim to be professional but not intrusive. And please don’t hesitate to ask any questions you might have. We want our clients to be completely happy and relaxed on their special day. We won’t take offence at all if you decide that we aren’t the right photographers for you.’
You’re not! Cassie’s mind was screaming. You’re the very last person I want as my photographer. Ever. For a moment she feared she’d uttered the words aloud, but Sylvia was now talking to Jared, so clearly it was all in her head
Amazon – http://bookgoodies.com/a/B01CGKLOKQ
Accent Press http://www.accentpress.co.uk/i-do-or-do-i
Book Depository – http://www.bookdepository.com/book/9781910939352
Thanks for hosting me, Sarah!
Thank you for a great interview, Karen. Have a fantastic 2017! 🙂