Growing up I always knew when I was in trouble because my mom would call me by my first and middle name, “Karen Sue.” When I decided to write an erotic romance I figured if it were to ever be published, I would do so with both my first and middle name just to save my mom the trouble of having to say it one more time. I grew up in southwest Missouri and currently live near Branson, Missouri with my two cats, Maxwell and Bobby Joe (who is deaf). I chose nursing as my profession shortly after high school and love helping others in their time of need. All my life I have enjoyed reading. I learned to love writing while in middle school, and have had several individual poems published over the years. I first dreamed of writing a novel while still in high school, but this is the first novel that I have completed. I developed an interest in motorcycles about ten years ago when I got involved with and was later married to a “biker” for several years. While this book is based in part on my own experience, the majority of it comes from my vivid imagination. Hope you enjoy this.
Q: Why do you write?
A: As a child I read the Laura Ingalls Wilder books and that is when I decided that I, too, wanted to write a book. I love writing. It allows me to do things through my characters that I might not do myself. I never cease to be amazed at the words that flow from the mind to the page.
Q: What books most influenced your life?
A: I read all kinds of books, but my favorites would have to be romance novels. Throw a little mystery in with the romance and I am hooked. I love holding a book in my hand and turning the pages. I was raised in a Christian home and my father was a minister. If I had to choose one book that has influenced my life the most, I would have to say that it was the Bible. I realize that many will find that odd seeing that I have written an erotic romance, but it is the truth.
Q: Where do you get your story ideas?
A: I have always been an observer throughout my life, and many times I will get ideas from the people around me. I have also found it cathartic to use past experiences in my writing. I have about a thirty-minute drive to work and often spend much of that time thinking about what my characters would do in different situations. I have to say, having a vivid imagination doesn’t hurt either.
Q: What is your writing day like?
A: I am a registered nurse and generally work more than full time at a local hospital, so setting aside time to write on a daily basis is sometimes difficult. If I am not too tired after spending a long day at the hospital I will generally try to read through my work, and many times will add anywhere from a paragraph to a page or two before bed. I usually try to set aside at least one day a week for writing. I will turn on the television or radio, fix a large glass of diet soda or tea and sit down with my laptop to write. I will often become immersed in my work and only stop for a bathroom break or if the phone rings.
Q: Are you a “fly by the seat of your pants” author or do you plot each story?
A: I don’t usually plot out my stories. I will generally have an idea in my head and just run with it. But this sometimes causes me difficulty, when my characters turn in a direction that I had not intended.
Q: How long does it take you to write a complete novel?
A: I have started several novels over the years but this is the first one that I have actually completed. It took me about eight months to complete the first draft which I then put away. Over the next year I picked it up and revised it several times.
Q: What do you consider necessary to the writing process?
A: A large diet soda or tea, television on or music, my laptop, and I am ready to get started.
Q: Have you written in other genres besides erotica?
A: Red Skies at Dawn is the first novel I have had published. I have written a couple of children’s books but have not yet tried to publish them. I journal and someday would like to do a motivational book.
Q: What are you working on now?
A: I am currently working on a sequel to Red Skies at Dawn, which I believe will be called Red Skies at Night.
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