Karen Wiesner

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: January 04, 2008

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Hello Karen,

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?

I'm an accomplished author with 47 books published in the past 9 years, which have been nominated/won 66 awards, and 19 more titles under contract. My books cover such genres as women's fiction, romance, mystery/police procedural/cozy, suspense, paranormal, futuristic, gothic, inspirational, thriller, horror and action/adventure. I also write children's books, poetry, and writing reference titles such as my bestseller, FIRST DRAFT IN 30 DAYS, available from Writer's Digest Books, and the upcoming companion, FROM FIRST DRAFT TO FINISHED NOVEL {A Writer's Guide to Cohesive Story Building}.

Who or what influences you when you write?

Time of day. I'm fresh in the morning, and my mind is most fertile and, more importantly sometimes, most receptive to sitting down and beginning work immediately. If I procrastinate in any way, it's that much harder to get myself going, so I try to sit down right after breakfast and get to work on what I planned to work on that day. Since I outline all of my work, I know exactly what I need to write every day, so I never face a blank page without know what needs to go on it. It's harder to get any work done in the summer, with my son home from school, so I plan my vacation during that time and work on things that don't require as much from me.

What do you do on a typical writing day?

I start the morning with coffee, check my e-mail, get my son off to school, then I sit down and write the number of outlined scenes I planned to write that day. It usually takes me from 7:30 until 10:30 or 11 o'clock to finish what I need to. Then, in the afternoon until 2:30, I promote, update my website and the Jewels of the Quill website, and complete writing tasks that are necessary. In general, I can finish outlines in a week or two. I can write the first draft of a novel in a month or so, novellas considerably less. Revisions take about a week. I work 5 days a week because I've found my writing is better and I don't burn out or face writer's block when I have a weekend break. Plus I believe that constant reading in different genres keeps my muse revved, so I make time to read every day.

Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?

RENEGADE'S ROSE is the sixth book in my Incognito Series. It'll be available in trade paperback and electronic formats March 1, 2008 from Whiskey Creek Press http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com.

I love all things series, so it's a very rare thing for me to write a single book that has no connection to others I've done. That was the case with the first book in the Incognito Series, NO ORDINARY LOVE, winner of the 2007 EPPIE in romantic suspense; 2006 CAPA nominee; recipient of A Perfect 10 review award from Romance Reviews Today; and 5 star reviews from Huntress Reviews, Lighthouse Literary, The Romance Studio and Coffee Time.

Many years ago, I had an idea for a story that utterly intrigued me. What if a woman had only a handful of memories-vague and troubling ones of a dark, cold and wet night and gunshots-and she remembers nothing else before the age of five, before a certain man entered her life? Since that fateful night long ago, all she knows is her nightmares and this man loving and keeping her sheltered from the world. What if this man had the answers to her past but wouldn't give them to her? What would compel him to do the things he's done to keep her previous life a secret? NO ORDINARY LOVE was born with that concept, and, once I wrote it, my Incognito Series was instantly spawned.

The series premise is based on the world's most covert organization, the Network (fictional, of course!), with underground headquarters in Chicago beneath a front technology company called ETI. Having unchallenged authority and skill to disable and destroy criminals, the Network takes over where regular law enforcement leaves off in the mission for absolute justice. The price for that justice is high, requiring the life of every man and woman who serves-no turning back. Once you belong to the Network, there's no escape. There is no life and no love, only duty.

Readers entered the Network with UNTIL DEATH DO US PART, Book 2, which was a blast to write.and incidentally is a finalist in the 2008 EPPIE's action/adventure category, was a 2006 eCataromance reviewer's choice nominee and received 5 star reviews from Lighthouse, Coffee Time and Fallen Angel. I combined Network operatives' Kirsten Ulrick and Ash Barnett undercover mission (and secret relationship) of protecting Raven Harris from her seemingly invisible enemy with Raven's broken marriage and the loss of her son. Romantic relationships between two Network operatives, or an operative and a civilian, are strictly forbidden by Network superiors. The consequence for an operative caught-a bullet in the brain.

BOUNTY ON THE REBEL'S HEART (Book 3) continued where UNTIL DEATH DO US PART left off with Raven Harris' journalism partner in hiding with evidence he uncovered on a dangerously corrupt man of power with connections to the Network. Network operative Natalie Francis goes undercover, posing as Reb's former lover, investigative journalist Adrienna Kelly. But Reb and Adrienna's relationship was nothing if not complicated. Add that Natalie is losing her heart to Reb and seriously considering escape from the Network, and you've got a story that's non-stop action. BOUNTY also racked up quite a few 5 star reviews.

With DEAD DROP (Book 4), again, I was intrigued with a compelling concept. The heroine, Perry, is an FBI agent. She lost the man she loved years ago to what appeared to be an accident. Just before his death, he was approached for recruitment by a covert government agency. Now, 25 years later, Perry's son is approached by the same covert agency. Perry is determined to both find the man she loves and to protect their son from the same fate. DEAD DROP has received 5 star reviews and a FAR Recommended Read.

In UNDER THE SPELL (Book 5), cowboys and spies set the scene for this sexy, fun, emotional novel about a Network operative thrust back into her old life to discover who killed her rancher father and why. The last thing she expects it to confront the cowboy she'd run from directly into the Network's arms as a teenager.a very man who may have murdered her father. UNDER THE SPELL was nominated for The Long and Short of It's Best Romance of 2007 in the long ebook category and has also received 5 star reviews and a FAR Recommended Read.

That brings us to the 6th book in the series, RENEGADE'S ROSE, in which Network operative Hunter Savage was inducted into the organization at a very young age is nearly at death's door when he discovers that the sister he's so protective of has been kidnapped by the terrorist group he's trying to take down. In other to save his sister, he does the only thing he can do-he kidnaps the terrorist leader's wife. The only problem is, he falls in love with her. This book received The Long and Short of It's Best Book Award, which is their highest review rating.

Please tell us what you have planned next?

In December, I completed the outline for UNDERCOVER ANGEL, Book 7 of the Incognito Series, which features the ruthless head of the Network, Captain Shannon McKee. I'll begin writing the book in February 2008, and it'll be released October 1, 2008. Find out more about the Incognito Series and read excerpts at my website, listed below.

I'm also excited about another new inspirational romance series, Family Heirlooms, that will be published by Samhain Publishing in electronic formats in June 2008, trade paperback in early 2009. BABY, BABY is the first in the six book series.

THE FIFTEEENTH LETTER, Book 3 of the Falcon's Bend Series (mystery/police procedurals I write with German author Chris Spindler, published by Hard Shell Word Factory) is coming August 2008 in electronic formats, September 2008 in trade paperback.

Check my website below for more information about these releases. Also, to find out what I'm currently working on, visit http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/WIP.html

Do you belong to a critique group? If so, how does this help or hinder you?

I actually have more than one critique group. For my inspirational novels, I work with two very talented authors, who offer wonderful feedback on my finished novels. I hope I give the same to them in return, and I believe I do. For my Incognito Series and Jewels of the Quill anthology stories and collections, Jane Toombs and Nancy Pirri (two authors who are also members of my promotional group Jewels of the Quill) are my most fantastic critique partners, both for outlines and finished novels. Jane and Nancy offer exactly what I need, which is solid expertise on whether a story is solid or needs a little more spit and polish. I offer them the same, and it works very well for all of us, I think. I believe critique partners are absolutely essential to any author, especially if you've never faced an editor, since writers do need to develop thick skins about their own work.

What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?

For more information about me and my work, visit my websites at http://www.karenwiesner.com, http://www.falconsbend.com, http://www.firstdraftin30days.com, and http://www.JewelsoftheQuill.com. If you would like to receive my free e-mail newsletter, Karen's Quill and become eligible to win my monthly book giveaways, visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/KarensQuill or send a blank message to KarensQuill-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

Thank you for this opportunity!

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