Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Karen Rose Smith, Abigail and Mistletoe plus Giveaway

My guest today, Karen Rose Smith, is offering a fantastic giveaway of a $25 amazon gift card and a Smashwords coupon for one of her ebooks.  Be sure to leave contact information in your post.

AUTHOR:  Karen Rose Smith
BOOK TITLE:  Abigail And Mistletoe
GIVEAWAY: $25 Amazon gift card and a Smashwords coupon for one of my ebooks--CASSIDY'S COWBOY

Tell me a little about your book.

ABIGAIL AND MISTLETOE is about the need for acceptance, forgiveness, and leaving the past behind. 

What gave you the idea for this particular story?

I had watched a talk show about a trauma make up artist who helped burn victims.

Are you a full-time writer or part-time, and how do you organize your writing time?

I've been a full time writer since I began.  I was determined to be published at the beginning and then to stay published as my career progressed. My manuscript in progress is always my main priority. I keep personal as well as contracted deadlines. I set a quota of pages each day. Editing comes next. Most of my other work time is spent on social media and promotion.

When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?

I've always enjoyed writing. In high school I wrote for the paper and began writing poetry. I started my first novel in college.

What do you hope readers will take from your writing? 

I hope they will take away feelings that matter. I try to write emotional stories that touch readers' hearts.

Which genres do you write, which do you prefer, and why? 

I write romance and mystery novels, romance and sci fi short stories.  I've written romance for 20 years and enjoy it. Recently I sold my first mystery series. I find them challenging in a different way. My mysteries will revolve around relationships as well as the murder and also have a touch of romance.

What is the toughest part about being a writer and how do you get past it?

The toughest part of being a writer is the need to keep up with social media and promotion. But I unplug from everything electronic at least once a week, go to my gardens when I need to recharge. Then I can return to the writing itself and enjoy getting lost in a story world again.

How much is your protagonist like you? How different?

I'd lie to think I have the same basic qualities as some of my heroines. They are compassionate loving and caring. But I learn from my heroines. I believe I've become stronger and more tactfully assertive because of them. I practice with them in all types of situations. So when I run into a similar dilemma, I've had a dry run! My mystery heroine Caprice definitely has more courage than I do. But...  I've only written one book with her so far. As her courage strengthens, hopefully mine will too!

What kind of research did you do for this type of story?

I spoke with a trauma make-up specialist and read books on the subject.

What about your book makes it special?

I believe the heroine and her line of work makes ABIGAIL AND MISTLETOE special.

What is your marketing plan?

My marketing plan is to do a blog tour, keep up my presence on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest) and advertise on a few preferred sites. I also have a newsletter and will encourage readers to sign up so I can keep them informed about my Wes and releases.

Where can people learn more about you and your work?

Romance website:  http://www.karenrosesmith.com

Karen's blog CATS, ROSES...AND BOOKS:  http://karenrosesmith.blogspot.com/

Karen's newsletter IN TOUCH:  http://karenrosesmith-ezine.blogspot.com/

Follow Karen on Twitter @karenrosesmith

Any tips for new writers hoping to write in the genre of your book? 

There is still a huge audience for romance and for mystery. Whether publishing traditionally or indie, you have to stand out for something particular. This is your brand.  My books are always emotional and are about relationships, both romance and mystery. Capitalize on your strengths, write the best book you can, and keep writing consistently to hone your craft.

Whats in the future for you? 

I expanded the boundaries of my romances into women's fiction in my indie published books. I'm exploring writing mysteries and loving it. I can see doing both for a long time to come.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the interview, I always love to get addition insight into the author. It sounds like a really enjoyable read

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