Morning lovelies, and welcome to the weekend! Today I’m delighted to welcome Karen King over to Meet the Author. We’re chatting about her grandmother, space, Egypt, teleportation, her new book, published on 17th June, The Perfect Stepmother, and more…….
Romance and Thrillers. I describe myself as ‘writing about the light and dark of relationships’.
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I was born in Birmingham and have always enjoyed reading and writing. I’ve been published for over thirty years, in a variety of genres for both children and adults but now write romance and thrillers. I love writing about the complexities of relationships. My first three books for Bookouture, and my current books for Headline, are romances where relationships come right, I recently turned to the darker side of relationships, writing two psychological thrillers for Bookouture about relationships that go badly wrong. I now live in Spain where I loves to spend my non-writing time exploring the quaint local towns with my husband, Dave, when I’m not sunbathing or swimming in the pool, that is.
How many books have you written and published?
I’ve had over 120 children’s books published, in a variety of genres, three young adult novels, nine romance novels with another two in the process of publication, and two psychological thrillers.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
Lots of things! I wanted to be a ballerina until I was about ten and realised that I had two left feet, so I decided that I wanted to be an air hostess, then a nurse. I was about to start a teacher training course when I secured a contract to write for a children’s magazine so decided to become a freelance writer instead.
What other jobs have you done other than being an author?
I’ve been a Saturday girl at Woolworths, a sales assistant in a chemist, an insurance clerk, an EFL teacher, a part-time lecturer at university, a distance learning writing tutor and a sales assistant for a well-known clothing store.
If you could have one conversation with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
My great grandmother. She was a Romany gypsy from Ireland and fell in love with my great-grandad, a fairground worker, and ran off with him, for which she was cast out of the clan. I’d love to talk to her about her life.
If you could get in a time machine and had one chance to travel, where would you go and why? (Backwards or forwards!)
I would go back to Egypt and find out just how those pyramids were built! It’s such an interesting period of history. I’d love to meet some of the pharaohs and Cleopatra.
If you could travel anywhere (world/universe etc!) where would you go and why?
I’d love to travel in Space and see exactly what’s up there and if there are other planets with life on them. I’m fascinated by the thought of UFOs
If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?
Teleporting. I love the idea of being able to think myself to any place I wanted. Imagine getting up and deciding you want to go to Venice and quick as a flash you’re there. Mind, you’d have to make sure you weren’t still in your pjs!
If you could be, or meet, any mythical creature, what would you choose and why?
A Pegasus. I really fancy riding on the back of one of these fabulous winged horses through the night sky.
Do you feel it’s more important to have a) strong characters b) a mind-blowing plot or c) amazing settings?
All of them, the importance varying depending on what genre your story is. Strong characters and amazing settings are great for romance novels whereas it’s more important for thrillers to have a mind-blowing plot.
What is your favourite time to write, and why?
First thing in the morning – although I’m adaptable and will write any time in the day or evening – but my mind is always tumbling with ideas when I wake, and I often ‘solve’ plot problems in my sleep.
And finally, tell us about your most recent book and where we can find it?
THE PERFECT STEPMOTHER is my second psychological thriller and was published on 17 June by Bookouture.
He’s madly in love with Maria. And he thinks she’s going to the perfect stepmother to Lily’s much-younger sister, Emma. And perhaps he’s right. Because no one seems to have a bad word to say about Maria.
It’s only Lily who can’t trust her. Who thinks no one is that perfect. Who notices no one had ever heard of Maria until exactly ten years before.
And then Emma goes missing…
Thanks so much for coming and chatting with us Karen! Looking forward to reading The Perfect Stepmother!
If you have any questions or comments for Karen, then make sure you get in touch either by dropping a comment below, or getting in touch through the above.
Have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll be back soon!