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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Interview of Author Karen Rose Smith

Today I'm pleased to present an interview of romance author Karen Rose Smith.

Latest Book: Her Sister
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Award-winning author Karen Rose Smith was born in Pennsylvania. Although she was an only child, she remembers the bonds of an extended family. Since her father came from a family of ten and her mother, a family of seven, there were always aunts, uncles and cousins visiting on weekends. Family is a strong theme in her books and she suspects her childhood memories are the reason.

In college, Karen began writing poetry and also met her husband to be. They both began married life as teachers, but when their son was born, Karen decided to try her hand at a home-decorating business. She returned to teaching for a while but changes in her life led her to writing romance fiction. Now she writes romances and mysteries full time. She has sold over 80 novels since 1991.

Presently, she is hard at work on a series for Harlequin Special Edition as well as the Caprice De Luca home stager mystery series for Kensington Books. When she isn't writing, she cares for three rescue cats, gardens, and cooks. Married to her college sweetheart since 1971, believing in the power of love and commitment, she envisions herself writing relationship novels, both romance and mystery, for a long time to come!

Q: What part of the book is the easiest for you to write? Why?
A: The end is always easiest for me to write. Every scene in the book is working toward that end point whether I'm writing romance or mystery. So when I reach the final chapter, it usually flows easily and quickly.

Q: Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
A: Amanda is my favorite character because I identify closely with her. I gave her a background I'm personally familiar with. I can identify with her love of the past as she searches for answers in the present. As a mom, I understand her desire to communicate with her daughter even though she doesn't always know the best way to do it.

Q: Do all of your heroes and heroines look the same in your mind as you "head write?"
A: No, they don't all look the same. Even if I have two heroes with black hair and green eyes, their backgrounds make them different to me. One might have a scar from when he fell from a treehouse or deep laugh lines around his eyes from working in the sun. So each are unique.

Q: What hobby do you enjoy when you're not writing?
A: Usually I spend my time gardening--I raise heirloom tomatoes, geraniums, impatiens, and petunias. I also love cooking and creating new recipes.  But right now, I'm caring for a few feral cats in addition to our three rescue cats.

Q: What's your strongest point as a writer?
A: My strongest point is persistence and consistency. I wrote for six years and finished thirteen manuscripts before I was published. Then I sold two books in one week to two different publishers. That couldn't have happened without a dedicated work ethic.

Q: Facebook, MySpace, Blogs, Chats, or Twitter. Which do you like best and why?
A: I think I feel a strong sense of community on Facebook. I have a personal profile page and an author page. I bond with other writers and friends on my profile page and I interact with loyal readers on my author page. I usually post on twitter three times a day as well as sending out content tweets with Triberr. My blog is more like writing essays about subjects that matter to me--from cats to roses to books. These three keep me busy.

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BLURB: HER SISTER, Book 7 in Karen Rose Smith's SEARCH FOR LOVE series -Contemporary women's fiction with romance and mystery.

Clare's little sister, Lynnie, was abducted twenty-seven years ago. Now the retired detective who has never been able to let go of the cold case has a lead. Lynnie could be alive!

Clare's neighbor, Joe, an occasional friend until now, gives her support and...wants more than friendship.

Clare's mom, Amanda, thrown together again with her ex-husband into a crisis discovers forgotten love beneath the regrets.

Clare's sixteen year old daughter, Shara, decides to run from her problems instead of facing them.

A devoted sister, a turmoiled mom and a rebellious daughter find their way back to each other in this contemporary ebook about three generations who discover love can knit their family back together again.

Where is Lynnie? Where did she go?

In her mind, five-year-old Clare Thaddeus called to her little sister—Come back, Lynnie. Please come back.

The huge policeman crouched down in front of Clare's mother at the sofa and said in a deep, slow voice, "Mrs. Thaddeus, I know you're terribly upset. But I need details. We've got an hour before daylight. If your daughter wandered outside—"

Clare's father, who'd been talking to another man in blue, glanced at her, and Clare huddled down deeper into the big green armchair. Her dad didn't come to her but rather went to her mom, sank down beside her and wrapped his arm around her. Then he spoke to the officer. "Our daughter, Lynnie, is three. She would never go outside into the dark on her own."

"Tell us again where you were last night," the policeman demanded in a not-so-nice voice.

"I worked late, preparing a brief."

"Until five a.m.?"

"Yes, until five a.m. As I told you, I always check the girls' rooms before turning in. Lynnie wasn't in her bed. I woke my wife. We looked through the whole house and then we called you."

Clare had been sleeping in her brand new room. They'd moved in here—she studied her hand and counted her fingers—five days ago. Boxes were still stacked down here and upstairs. The house was okay. There were more rooms for her and Lynnie to play hide and seek. But she didn't like being alone in her own room at night. She'd liked it better when she and Lynnie had slept in the same room. She was supposed to watch her sister., She was always supposed to look out for Lynnie. That's what big sisters did.


Sandy said...

You have a wonderful writing style. I enjoyed your excerpt very much.

Paris said...

Hi Karen,

Her Sister is definitely going to be included on my TBR list. The excerpt is very intriguing!

Cara Marsi said...

Karen, congratulations on 80 books!I too like your smooth writing style. I'm a cat lover also and think it's wonderful you've got three rescue cats and are taking care of feral cats.

The new book sounds great. I've reade several of your books and have enjoyed them greatly.

Marianne Stephens said...

Love the video...eye-catching and the knit background in once scene is beautiful.
80 books - what an accomplishment!

Janice Seagraves said...

My goodness, eighty books. You are amazing.


KRS said...

Hi, everyone! It's great to be here.
Sandy--It's always hard to pick an excerpt. I'm pleased you enjoyed this one.

Paris--When I plotted it, I wanted something more than romantic suspense. For me, books are always about relationships. Thanks for stopping by.

KRS said...

Cara--Cats are a huge part of my life. My husband's too now. I think he's become a cat lover! I hope you enjoy HER SISTER as much as the others.

KRS said...

Marianne--Thanks! I found someone who can capture the spirit of the book in a few frames.

KRS said...

Janice--I've been around for a while! Thanks for stopping by.

Suzanne Rock said...

Great excerpt! Wow, 80 books? That's amazing...and inspiring. Congratulations! :)

KRS said...

Suzanne--I've been fortunate that editors like my work! Thanks for commenting.

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