Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Karen King #interview #writerslife

Today I am delighted to interview Karen King

What genre would you say your novels fall into, or do they defy classification?
My current novels are mainly contemporary romance novels, but I also write Young Adult novels and have written many children’s books.

What made you choose that genre?
I like writing romance novels because I love exploring adult relationships and dealing with contemporary issues. Most of my heroines are strong women who aren’t looking for love, love finds them, which I think is often true in real life. I think that readers can relate to romance stories as most of us have fallen in love and know the ups and downs, the joy and despair of relationships.

How long does it take you to write a book?
It depends if I’m on a deadline, and what else is happening in my life at that time. I had nine weeks to write Single All The Way and that was tough. Ideally, I’d like six months to write a book as I’m usually working on other things too. I always have a couple of projects on the go.

What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
If I’m on a really tight deadline I’ll get up early, about six, and start writing straight away, then stop for breakfast and write some more until about two o’clock, have a few hours break and write again in the evening. If I’m not on a tight deadline I’ll start writing about nine and work through until lunchtime.

Tell me something about yourself your readers might not know.
I can’t ride a bicycle. I attempted it many times when I was younger, but after falling upside down into a litter bin when I was a teenager I gave up.

When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I was commissioned to write my first book – well a set of three books actually. I used to write for children’s comics and was asked to write three cassette story books based around the characters for one of them. Unfortunately the wrong author’s name was put on the cover – I was so disappointed. I was in my thirties then.
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Now I’m living in Spain I like to either swim in the pool or go sight-seeing. There’s so many beautiful villages to walk around, and sights to see. I also like reading, watching the soaps and socialising with friends.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
That I have no say in the cover or titles. These are decided by the publishing staff, and although they are sent to me for my approval – and most of the time I love them – they won’t be changed if I don’t like them.

How many books have you written?
Eight romantic novels, three Young Adult novels and about 120 children’s books.

Do you Google yourself? What did you find that affected you most (good or bad)?
Sometimes, because it’s a useful way of finding out if a pirate site is offering free copies of my books. I usually find one or two and that annoys me. 

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
When I was a child I wanted to be a ballerina but unfortunately I have no coordination, then I wanted to be an air hostess, then a nurse and then a teacher.  I was about to start my teacher training when I was offered regular work writing for children’s comics so I chose writing.

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have on your computer?
I’m working on two adult books and have half a dozen unfinished and two children’s books on my computer.

Bio: Karen King is a multi-published bestselling author of romance novels, YA and children's books. She has had eight romantic novels, two YA books and 120 children's books published. She has also written several short stories for women's magazines.

Currently published by Bookouture, Karen's latest title, Single All The Way, will be published on 28 October. Here other two books with Bookouture are: The Year of Starting Over and Snowy Nights At The Lonely Hearts Hotel.

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