Chris Karlsen

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: September 06, 2011

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Journey in Time | Books to Go Now | paranormal romance | Sept. 4, 2011

"Trapped in Time" London attorney, Shakira Constantine, finally agrees to to spend the day with her handsome client, Alex Lancaster. While riding in the countryside, the couple finds themselves caught in a time warp and transported back to the 14th Century, and an England preparing for war. Everyone believes Alex is the Baron Guy Guiscard... a baron who died in the upcoming battle.

If they can't find a way to return to the 21st Century, Alex will have to sail with the army to certain death. Shakira will be leaft alone to survive in the alien and terrifying medieval world.

Please tell us your latest news!

Journey in Time is the sequel to Heroes Live Forever, which is currently in release and available on several sites. This week I will be interviewed on Romance Radio Network. I will be discussing both book and the release of the third book in this series sometime in spring. I am also guesting on a British Blog site, in a few weeks (date TBA). I also have the first book in a romantic-thriller series, Golden Chariot, scheduled for release in late winter.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

A movie I always enjoyed was "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir." But, I hated the ending. They didn't get together until she died. I felt if I was writing the story it would end differently. I wanted them to have a life, a real life together. After I retired, I sat down and wrote a love story with a ghost my way.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

For new writers I'd say, don't get discouraged by rewrites, most everyone of us have to do more than one draft. I know I do. And, don't get discouraged by rejections. Stay dedicated.

What main genre do you write in?


Please describe your writing environment.

I work in a small alcove between our living room and den and a few steps from a large bookcase, half of which is filled with my research books. My desk is pretty and "fairly" uncluttered. However, I have another small bookcase above my desk which is a jumble of office supplies, some favored knicknacks, (a sparkly little dragon, a small jeweled camel, a plexiglass box with the skyline of Chicago, and more research books and DVD's.

What's been the most challenging part of writing for you?

I'm torn between two answers. The first challenge for me is making sure something happens in every chapter that moves the story forward and isn't just a fun scene I wanted to include.

The second, I'd have to admit is writing love/sex scene. I work hard to incorporate all the senses-smell, taste, feel, sight, hearing.

Who has been your best supporter? How have they been there for you?

My husband Mike. He encourages me when I'm struggling through scenes I can't seem to get right. He patiently reads scenes and gives me feedback and he has patiently read through various drafts of my novels.

Do you like to mix genres?

Yes. Heroes Live Forever is a paranormal romance and the sequel, Journey in Time, is a time-travel. They are part of my "Knights in Time" series. I have since started another series, untitled at the moment, which has a thriller element as the main plot with a romantic subplot. The first book in that series, Golden Chariot, will be released this winter.

What book are you reading now? What are your thoughts on it?

"Buried Prey" by John Sandford. I love all his books. He's wonderful at writing "cop" banter. I really like the strength of character and humor of his main characters, Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers.

What inspires your writing?

I like to ask, "what if?" Many times I've talked with friends about time-travel. Some want to go back, some want to travel to the future. I thought, what if you really could go back? How dangerous would the past be for you? What if you discovered you wanted to stay?

While visiting the ruins of Troy, in Turkey, I found myself asking, "what if the Trojan War didn't end the way Homer said?" That question inspired another book.

Do you have any animals? Do they influence your writing?

I have four rescue dogs of various breeds and one rescue horse. I like to show kindness and empathy for animals in my stories.

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

Oscar Wilde. I love his wry humor in both his stories and off-the-cuff comments and observations.

The world needs more heroes, be they knights or Navy Seals and romantic ones are best.

Chris Karlsen

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