Good morning Karen and welcome. Can I start, as always, by asking you a little about yourself?
Hi Jo, thank you so much for inviting me on your blog. I’ve lived in Worcester for the past few years, but also spent a few years living in Cornwall – about ten minutes’ walk from the beach. Beaches feature a lot in my stories! I write romance novels, books for children, and teach writing.
How did your writing journey begin?
I had a poem published in the children’s corner of a local newspaper when I was eleven, which spurred me on to write more. My first ‘grown up’ piece of writing published was for Jackie magazine. I spent many years writing for teenage and children’s magazines such as My Little Pony, Postman Pat and Winnie the Pooh, alongside writing children’s books. I’ve had 120 children’s books published at the last count. I started writing romance stories and novels about ten years ago and am delighted to have a three book contract with Accent Press. My first chicklit, ‘I do?- or do I?’ is out now and my second one will be published in July. I’m just finishing writing my third one.
Are you a panster or a plotter?
A bit of both. I usually get the character first, then the story plot. I write an outline of the basic plot, so that I know it works and have a structure to work too, then I get writing. Sometimes my characters and the plot take off on a course I hadn’t expected, and if it works I go with it.
Your writing career has taken you from children’s books to romantic fiction and now chick lit. Is there any other genre you would be interested in writing?
I’d love to write ‘laugh out loud’ books but I can’t write funny. I’ve had an idea for an emotional drama ticking over for a while and want to write that up.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m finishing my third chicklit for Accent Press, a YA and some short stories.
Name the top two destinations on your bucket list.
Hmm, that’s a tough one, I love travelling and would love to see as much of the world as possible. I’d like to go to China and Tibet, they both sound fascinating.
And lastly, you’re planning a dinner where you can invite four celebrities. Who would they be and why?
Let me think, I’d need someone to cook for us so Jamie Oliver, someone to entertain us so Robbie Williams and someone to talk to and have a laugh with so Julie Walters and Joanna Lumley would be ideal.
A member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, the Society of Authors and the Society of Women Writers and Journalists, Karen King writes sassy, fun, heart-warming romance. ‘I do – or do I?’ is her first chick-lit for Accent Press and has recently been nominated for the RONA. She has been contracted for two more chick-lit novels. In addition, Accent Press have republished her earlier romance novels, The Millionaire Plan and Never Say Forever.
Karen has also written several short stories for women’s magazine and had 120 children’s books published.
When she isn’t writing, Karen likes travelling, watching the ‘soaps’ and reading. Give her a good book and a box of chocolates and she thinks she’s in Heaven.
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I DO…OR DO I
Local journalist Cassie is getting married to hot-shot lawyer, reliable Timothy, and his mother Sylvia, who Cassie has 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?
Amazon – http://bookgoodies.com/a/B01CGKLOKQ
Accent Press http://www.accentpress.co.uk/i-do-or-do-i
Waterstones – https://www.waterstones.com/book/i-do-or-do-i/karen-king/9781910939345
Book Depository – http://www.bookdepository.com/book/9781910939352