The first interview of FEATURED WRITER'S WEEK BRINGS YOU KAREN!!!!
Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions Karen! I’m so happy to have you here on my blog!
Hi Jen, Thanks so much having me over here! It’s a pleasure.
1. So for those who are not aware you already have a book published (2008), the title A Love That Makes Life Drunk, could you tell us a little bit about it?
Jefferson and Lily fall in love despite Lily being in a relationship with Jefferson’s brother. It’s a raw and honest journey through the passion and desire they share.
2. How long have you known you wanted to be a writer?
I “wrote” my first story when I was 11. I’d always loved writing stories at school, but I thought it was something most kids did. In my early teens I realised it wasn’t as I began spending more time in isolation with a notebook and pencil, and later an old typewriter my parents bought me. Writing is in my veins – being a writer is a by-product of that.
3. How long did it take you to finish your first draft?
I write first drafts within days if I have the time. I get myself into a real fever when characters make themselves known to me and I just can’t get their story down quick enough. A Love That Makes Life Drunk took about 2 weeks – but 2 years to revise!
4. Are you a panster or an outliner?
Both. With A Love That Makes Life Drunk I was really organised and mapped out every detail, but with my new novel I completely winged it, and I have to say it was liberating!
5. Is this the first book you’ve ever written?
To date I think I’ve written about 30 novels. Thankfully most will never see daylight, but I think of them as a learning curve!
6. Do you have any other projects currently in the works?
My 2nd novel ‘Hope & Jump’ is due for release at the end of 2010.
7. When you first heard that your book would be published what did you do? Sing, shout, dance in the rain?
I was in total disbelief for ages! Then I think I did a real Karen Roderick thing and celebrated with a glass of Champagne!
8. What does a day in the life of Karen look like?
Busy! It starts at 6.20am and involves all sorts of manic things like getting the boys up for nursery, breakfast, dressing, dropping kids off, picking up a coffee on the way back and finally turning on the laptop after chucking in a load of washing.
At 5pm it descends into meltdown again as the boys arrive home! It finishes at about 11pm crashed out on the sofa with a glass of wine!
Fun & Random Questions
Favorite pizza joint – I’m not going to try and be cosmo here - Dominoes
Snack while writing – tea and toast
Favorite school subject - English
Sweet or Salty – sweet – jellybeans yum!
Favorite book series - does it make me bad to say I’ve never read one??
Last song you listened to – ‘Why Do Lovers?’ by Richard Ashcroft
Last book you read, or book you’re reading now – currently reading ‘Daphne’ by Justine Picardie
Favorite author - Anais Nin and Daphne Du Maurier
Chick flick or Horror – chick flick
Snow or rain - snow
Best time of year to write - autumn
Isn't she a doll?! I love her, even if she's never read a series!!! NOT EVEN HARRY POTTER?? Okay so I know from first hand that her book A Love That Makes Life Drunk is a wonderful read, you would do well to purchase it!!! So be sure to hop over to Karen's blog for a visit! You will not be disappointed! GO NOW!