- Welcome to Karen King, whose YA novel, “Rise of the Soul Catchers” is out today.
- Tell us a little about yourself and your writing.
I write mainly romance and young adult novels now but I’ve written many children’s books too (120) and several short stories for women’s magazines. I’m also a writing tutor.
- How long have you been writing and when did you get started?
I’ve been writing most of my life! I wrote lots of stories and poems when I was a child and have been writing for a living for over thirty years. I started out by writing photo stories and articles for Jackie magazine, then writing for children’s comics such as Postman Pat, Barbie and Winnie the Pooh. Then I started writing books too.
- What is at the root of your current book?
That love is eternal and can overcome anything.
- What was the best piece of writing advice you have ever been given?
When stuck for a story plot, give your character a problem and solve it – I added on ‘in an unexpected way’ and this is my ‘go to advice’ whenever I need a story idea quickly.
- Where do you work? Chaos or calm?
Wherever I have to. I worked with four children playing around me for years, and then in a house in the middle of a building site. Once my children grew up I was lucky enough to have a room of my own to work in, but I can work in chaos if I have to.
- Which of your books is your favourite?
Rise of the Soul Catchers because it’s a theme close to my heart. I believe that love can last forever and that we carry on after our death.
- What is your typical working day like?
I moved to Spain at the end of last year and now have no typical working day! I write when I can and where I can. This morning I was sitting up in bed writing on my laptop at 6.30 am, earlier this week I was writing at the table in the garden all afternoon with a cardboard box shielding my laptop from the glare of the sun.
- Are you a planner or a panster?
A bit of both. I always work out my main characters and story plot before I start so I have a base to work from then I just write the first draft as it comes. The characters often do things I hadn’t planned, and the plot might go off at an unexpected tangent, but I go with it. Once I’ve finished the first draft I start rereading and revising, deleting anything I don’t think works.
- Do you enjoy researching your novels?
Yes but I didn’t need to research Rise of the Soul Catchers as it takes place in the afterlife so I could create whatever world I wanted! Most of my romance books are set in places I’ve lived in or been to so know pretty well, but I still do some research though.
- What book most inspired you?
The books that I loved reading as a child, Just William (Richmal Crompton), The Secret Seven and Famous Five (Enid Blyton) all inspired in me a love of reading and writing.
- If you could ask six writers living or dead to dinner who would you choose and why?
That’s a tough one, and my answers would probably change at times but let me see. J.R.Tolkien because I would like to know what inspired him to write Lord of the Rings and how he created Middle Earth, Shakespeare to ask him if he really did write all the works attributed to him, J.K. Rowling because she is an inspiration and has such a vivid imagination, Sharon Shinn because I love her Samaria series and would like to know what inspired her to write them, Jilly Cooper because her romances are fun and I think she’d be a laugh and Catherine Cookson because I think she led a hard but interesting life and would love to hear all about it.
- Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself and your work?
Well I’m currently working on another YA and am hoping to write a follow up to Rise of the Soul Catchers. I also have another romcom, The Bridesmaid’s Dilemma, coming out on 7 June, and my first book for Bookouture, Snowy Nights at the Lonely Hearts Hotel, comes out in November so I think I’m going to be busy for a while. 😊
Rise of The Soul Catchers – Media Kit
Can love survive anything – even death?
Sapphire and Will vow to love each other forever. But when a car crash ends that dream all too soon, they find themselves separated in an afterlife with zones named after the colours of the rainbow. Determined to find each other, they start an adventurous journey alongside a cast of characters they don’t know whether to trust. They finally meet again in the terror-fuelled Red Zone where the dreaded Soul Catchers are planning on taking over the entire afterworld and are plunged into a dangerous battle. Is their love strong enough to survive against the odds?
(Previously published as Sapphire Blue)
Rise of the Soul Catchers is available for pre-order from Amazon and will be published on 25th April.
Karen King writes edgy YA with a heart and sassy, heart-warming romance. Her first YA, Perfect Summer, was runner up in the Red Telephone Books 2011 YA Novel Competition and her second YA, Sapphire Blue, now republished as Rise of the Soul Catchers by Littwitz Press, was called ‘the best YA book out there right now’ by a reviewer for Ind’Tale magazine.
Karen has four romcoms published by Accent Press, and a fifth one is due out in June this year, Her latest romcom, The Cornish Hotel by the Sea, was #3 in the Amazon bestseller holiday reads. She has recently signed a two book-contract with Bookouture for more romance novels.
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.