I have been lucky enough to meet Karen on a couple of occasions. I have also taken part in one of her workshops for writers. Karen has written countless children’s stories and books for young adults, and an increasing number of romantic novels. Here she talks about her recent work.
What is the title of your latest book?
My latest book is a chick lit novel titled ‘I Do? – or do I?’ which will be published by Accent Press on 12th May. It’s about a local journalist Cassie who is getting married to hot-shot, reliable Timothy and his mother Sylvia 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?
What are the most challenging aspects of being a writer?
The most challenging thing is finding time to do anything else. Writing can tend to take over your life. For me, the most rewarding thing is getting a message from a reader saying how much they’ve enjoyed reading my book. That makes my week!
What is your top tip for an aspiring writer?
Know your market, know your reader. I think it’s important to know the genre you’re writing and who will be reading it. A psychological thriller has a completely different tone to a romcom, for example.
What are you working on at the moment?
My third chick lit novel for Accent Press. They contracted me for three books and are republishing my romance and YA back list. I feel amazingly lucky. I’m also about to start on a YA for them.
Wearing my other hat, as a children’s author, I’m working on a series for 6-8 year olds and a couple of picture book texts. I always have a few projects on the go.
What do you like to read?
Mainly light-hearted, pacey books by authors such as Sophie Kinsella and Marian Keyes, but I was gripped by Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and Before I go To Sleep by S.J.Watson.
Where can readers find you (Amazon links etc)? Website
Karen King Romance Author Facebook
Karen King Children’s Books Facebook
Amazon link for ‘I Do – or DO I?
Thanks so much for hosting me on your blog, Margaret.