The girls of Night Owl Romance are pleased that you have granted us an interview
We would love to get to know you
Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?
This has to be the hardest question of all. LOL. I am in my early forties and live in Vancouver Canada. I am eccentric; I like to do things my own way. I dance along the street, singing to my portable music player. I try to greet everyone with a smile even those I am not fond of. I do my best to enjoy life. Seven years ago, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and that has been a great learning experience for me. I know that I am not as bad as many so I count my blessings. Writing is my escape to another world.
If you could be one of your characters - Who would you be? And why?
It would be Kaya More, the heroine in Let Us Play. She is brave, stubborn, and loyal and gets to do such exciting things.
What's your favorite genre to read?
Funny enough, it is true crime or thriller. I read everything though.
Who or what influences you when you write?
Life and a desire to control the outcome of some world influence me.
What do you do on a typical writing day?
Typically, I get up and check my email. I eat breakfast then do anything business related I have to then go for a long walk. When I get home I may read something on promotion or improving my writing. I create at night.
When you have writer's block how do you break free?
Listen to rock music, go for a walk, and distance myself from the computer. I try to do anything non-writing related. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.
Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?
My intention is to write the sequel to Let Us Play entitled Truth, Justice and Rock `n Roll but you know what they say about the best laid plans! I have to get started on it yet.
Please tell us what you have planned next?
I am supposed to be doing a blog tour in June through Dorothy Thompson, I am going to get treatments done for both of my books so that maybe I can sell them as movies, I have to write TJR, I am going to continue to promote both books and I want to keep learning about writing, promotion and whatever.
In 5 years, where do you see yourself? In general and in you're writing career.
I try not to think of the future too much but I would like to see my first two books doing well and at least one more published. Hopefully I would have some interest from movie people. As for me in general, I will more than likely be the same as I am now.
Who is your perfect hero? And why?
My perfect hero is one with flaws. He has to be strong and passionate and committed to what they do. I like heroes to be like that because that is real life. People are passionate about things and they always have flaws.
What do you do for inspiration?
Daydream and come up with outrageous ideas. Then I try to tone them down and see if they will fit into a story. I like to start with one germ of an idea and blow it up from there. I live in a beautiful city and I like to go for a walk to clear my head and get the ideas flowing. Life inspires me I guess you could say. Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven't yet?
I would love to write a thriller. I even have ideas but have never been able to get them written. Maybe someday. What type of book have you always wanted to write?
A great one, no matter what the genre. I want to improve my writing to the point where I have a book that is memorable. I have received good reviews for both The Bond and Let Us Play and that is something I am happy about. But I can always do better. What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process?
I read whatever I need to on a certain topic. I learn what I have to for the book. If I am interested in the topic then I enjoy it; if it is just something I have to know, then it can be a struggle. Do deadlines help or hinder your muse?
Definitely help because I am the type of person that if I have to do something, I get it done. Left to my own devices, I can procrastinate.
When did you first decide to submit your work? Please, tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step.
I first decided to start submitting my work about twenty years ago and it was my parents who encouraged me to try. They have always been right there for me and my biggest supporters. What would you like to tell your readers?
When you read Let Us Play or The Bond, you are taken into a world similar to ours yet with enough different aspects to make it interesting. When you finish one of my books, you may wonder if that could really happen. My books are a journey through the unknown. What is the best and worst advice you have ever received?
The best piece of advice I ever received was that, before I take the advice of someone, be sure that they have accomplished something and/or know what they are talking about. Everyone will tell you how to succeed in writing or any of the arts but a lot of the advice is coming from people who don't know what they are talking about.
The worst piece I received was that I should send a manuscript to the William Morris Agency. No query or anything just send the manuscript. When I pointed out that it would probably end up in the slush pile this person was adamant that someone in the mailroom would see it and pass it on to the higher ups. Needless to say, I didn't mail out my manuscript. Do you outline your books or just start writing?
I have usually just started writing with an idea but I am trying to outline now. I am seeing if that will help with my writing. I am always looking for ways to improve. Do you belong to a critique group? If so, how does this help or hinder you?
No I don't belong to any critique groups. What was your first published work and when was it published?
The first thing I ever had published was a poem entitled `Just Ain't Right' and it appeared in the April 1990 issue of Modern Romances magazine. What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?
The best way is through email, firstname.lastname@example.org . You can find Karen Magill at www.karenmagill.com , www.lulu.com/karenmagill , www.myspace.com/thebondbykarenmagill , www.letusplaylovestory.blogspot.com/ as well as finding me on a few Yahoo groups.
How can readers find out more about you and your books?
The best way to keep track of what I am doing is to go to my website, www.karenmagill.com , and sign up for the free newsletter. I put it out sporadically with news on what I am doing and interesting little articles. Every member also has a chance to win prizes.
Thank you Tammie for taking the time to interview me. I thoroughly enjoyed that. Karen Magill
Thank you for this opportunity!