Chris Karlsen

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: April 24, 2012

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Current Release: Golden Chariot

Describe your current release in two sentences?

Golden Chariot is a romantic thriller set in Turkey, where myth, murder and money clash in this gripping undersea adventure.

Please describe your writing environment.

I have a niche between the dining room and living room. It's steps from a giant bookcase with some of my favorite novels and well used research books. My desk looks antique like it came from Victorian England. Above I have a built-in bookcase with binders of research info, DVD's, office supplies, and sentimental knick-knacks, like the skyline of Chicago in plexiglass, a jeweled camel from Turkey, a jeweled dragon from a friend etc. One great thing, all around me are large windows that light the area.

What are you working on?

I'm working on book 3 of my "Knights in Time," series. It's called, "Knight Blindness," and is a time travel. My current book, "Golden Chariot" is book one of a different series.

What do you feel blessed with?

I had wonderful parents who always encouraged me to try things. I still have my mom who is still encouraging me. I have a wonderful, supportive husband and good friends. I have a home filled with animals that are my babies. I have excellent health and all those things are worth their weight in gold.

What was your childhood ambition?

To be a palentologist. I loved dinosaurs and my third grade science project was the Jurassic World. My parents helped me build the landscape and I added all my favorite dinosaurs with descriptions.

If you had to choose one person to have dinner with, who would it be? And why?

Living or dead?

Living: I would like to dine with Kip Thorne of Cal-Tech University and pick his brain about time travel.

Dead: I'd like to dine with Elizabeth 1 and find out what she really thought of the people she had to deal with.

What is your favorite TV show?

The Big Bang Theory

What career fields have you worked in?

Rental car agent

Mail girl in a law firm

Grocery store checker

Police Officer

Where do you want to travel?

I'd like to see UAI- Dubai, Montenegro, Argentina, and New Zealand.

How do you mesh your personal and professional life?

I run errands and household duties in the morning and write in the afternoons, along with doing promotion and answering emails to my author page. My husband is also doing professional things during those hours. Late in the afternoon, I stop. We have dinner and relax. We make sure to go to dinner with friends several times a month. When there's a movie we want to see, like the Avengers, my husband and I make time in our schedules to see it together and dine after, like on a date. I also use a pen name and keep separate FB pages and emails.

What are your plans for the summer? Any books you are looking forward to?

I'll be writing all summer trying to finish this first draft of Knight Blindness. Then, I'll return to another draft of Byzantine Gold, which is the sequel to Golden Chariot.

I always look forward to Mike Connelly's books, John Sandford's, and Joe Wambaugh's, Julia Quinn and Julie Anne Long and Deanna Raybourn. They come out at different times.

How was your road to publication? Have you every had to deal with rejection letters?

I had several years worth of rejections, mostly from agents. They're tough, especially in the beginning. After awhile you develop a thicker skin. Now, from what I hear, fewer and fewer publishers and agents are even sending boiler plate reject letters. You simply don't get any response. I finally got to the point where I took my career into my hands. I had an offer from a small, indie publisher, Books to Go Now and I went with them. I figured I could beat my head against the established NY publishing scene for the next ten years or I could succeed or fail on my own. So, I went with the small, indie publisher and now my books are in release.

Do you have a favorite time of the day? If so when and why

Night time. I have always been a night owl and here I am at Night Owl:) I'm not sure why. My mom says as a baby I was sleepy during the day and awake at night. I guess, now I'm an adult, I find the quiet of the night enticing. On the flipside, I grew up in Chicago and love the sight of the city lights at night and knowing if I want excitement, I can find it.

What is the one thing you do not want to live without?

Indoor plumbing, running hot and cold water.

What has been the best way for you to engage readers?

Fact to face is close to blogging. I don't have a blog but I guest on a lot. After that, I'd say Facebook. I don't Twitter or chat but I hope to chat soon on this site, as a matter of fact.

What is the best thing about being an author?

I imagine it's kind of being like an actor/actress. I can live so many lives through my characters. I have all the freedom in the world with them.

If you could time travel, where would you travel to and why?

Funny question since books 2 and 3 of my paranormal romance series are time travels. I am kind of a weenie so I'd probably go to the Victorian Era in England. But, if I were braver, I might try either Classical Greece or (fingers crossed) the medieval period my stories where my stories take place.

If you could live in a world created by an author, which book / world would you jump into?

I suppose the Shire as described by J.R.R. Tolkien in the Lord of the Ring series. I'd go with Fellowship of the Ring, which is before it all started to fall apart under the Sauron.

I wanted to be a writer since I was in my early teens but never had the confidence to try. Finally, after I retired from law enforcement, I decided to dedicate myself to the dream I never had the courage to follow. I am thrilled to write stories now that I want to tell. I love fleshing out the characters and using settings that I have personally visited and loved.

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