LifeOfWriters is delighted to have had the change to interview Karen King. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association, the Society of Authors and the Society of Women Writers and Journalists, Karen King writes sassy, contemporary romance just right for reading on the beach. 'I do - or do I?' is her first chick-lit for Accent Press and has recently been nominated for the RONA. She has been contracted for two more chick-lit novels. In addition, Accent Press have republished her earlier romance novels, The Millionaire Plan and Never Say Forever.
Karen has also written several short stories for women’s magazine 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.
What does your typical writing day look like?
I switch on the computer as soon as I’m showered and dressed, then it’s butt on chair, fingers on keyboard. I answer urgent emails, do a bit of social media then start writing. I’ll carry on writing all day, with the occasional coffee and social media breaks. Often, I’ll write for a couple of hours in the evening too. But I only get a couple of actual ‘writing days’ a week, other days I’m marking assignments (I’m a writing tutor), running courses, visiting schools and other stuff so might write in the evenings.
How do you develop your plots and characters?
The heroine usually comes first for me. She pops into my head along with her problem – the wedding’s booked and she isn’t sure if she’s doing the right thing (I do?...or do I?)’ or she needs to get some money fast so her parents don’t have to sell the Tudor house that’s been in their family for generations (The Millionaire Plan). I flesh out the character, filling in a profile sheet detailing as much as I can about them, their appearance, personality, family, back story etc, etc, then I work out a basic outline for the plot so I have some idea of how it pans out. Then I start writing and see where the story takes me.
What is your favorite thing about being an author?
Getting a letter or email from someone who’s enjoyed reading my book. That makes my week! It’s so heartening to think that someone has not only read my book and enjoyed it, but also taken the time to write and tell me so. I really appreciate that.
What is the best writing advice you have got?
The best writing advice anyone ever gave me was back in the early days of my writing career when I was writing for several children’s magazines and had to come up with story ideas at very short notice, sometimes having to write one in a couple of hours. An editor told me to ‘give a character a problem and solve it’. I added ‘in an unexpected way’ to that and it’s been the basis of my stories ever since.
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