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Today I’m on the ‘Lillian White’s Journey’ blogtour, organised by Love Books Tour.
About the Author :
Karen lives with her husband Dave, children Charlie and Maggie and devoted collie Baxter. A successful blogger, volunteer radio presenter, mum and homemaker she first began writing over 20 years ago alongside her chosen career path as cabin crew. Her writing style is unique, creative and humorous generating laughter, empathy and some escapism in this ever-serious world we find ourselves entwined in. As well as travelling the globe, she’s lived overseas, worked in the fitness industry and ran a pub and these life experiences have certainly given her the inspiration to write the way she does. Lillian White’s Journey, her debut novel, was launched to a sell-out audience and was a great success with raving reviews on Amazon, social media and from professional book bloggers. She is currently working on a sequel and is aiming for a trilogy in this series. She also has other #WIP including a series of children’s books.
If she’s not running around like a headless chicken, she can be found with a large G&T and a bucket load of crisps!
On the morning of her wedding, Lillian White awakes with a hangover from hell, a naked stranger and no recollection of the previous night. As her eyes become focused the panic sets in as the once intimate, romantic Bridal Suite resembles the aftermath of a wild, drunken party. Unread messages flood her inbox from her soon Husband-to-be but with only hours to spare, can she still go through with the wedding?
First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂
Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I had a great career as cabin crew for many years and used to write short stories alongside this path. One particular piece of writing grew and grew and as years went by i had a fully typed manuscript. I was introduced to a copy-editor, the first person to read my work (aside from my husband), who offered great support and encouragement giving me the confidence to take it to print.
Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
I honestly don’t remember a specific book as a young child but as a young woman I would lean towards Marian Keyes or Sophie Kinsella. More recently I’ve been reading Liane Moriarty, Shari Lapena and one of my favourite reads is The Forgottn Daughter by Renita D’silva – i couldnt put it down!
Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
Amanda Prowse. I’ve met her once and she just oozes charm and character. A gorgeous, warm, fun, and incredibly talented lady.
If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
I would love to spend time with Sam, Lillian’s close friend in my novel. She’s honest, takes no prisoners and is great in a crisis.
Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
When i come up with an idea or synopsis i mentally take it to bed with me and jot down notes the following morning. Sounds crazy but it works! I look forward to climbing into bed and thinking ..what happens next?
Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
Ha ha – no they’re safe, although, if something dramtic happened i might turn it upside down, squeeze the life out of it then kick it around a few times so they wouldnt recognise it! I do have a creative mind and frequently come up with a synopsis for a book although i don’t always act on them.
Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
A pantser for sure. Words and directions come fairly easily and as my typing speed is 65-80wpm, when i’m in the zone, there’s steam coming off my keyboard!
Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
Don’t worry about logistics, just write! Don’t compare your writing style to others just be you and let the words flow. Do have a fresh pair of eyes look over it – not family or friends – use a professional, seriously, it will be worth it in the end.
What are your futureplans as an author?
I am working on a sequel to Lillian White’s Journey but also have a differnt genre book synopsis i would like to persue. I’m writing a book of short fun-dittie type poems based around The Menopause and I do have a series of childrens books that I really should address. Watch this space!
Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
“V&Ms, Vodka Martinis, they always get me into trouble. I take a peak under the covers just to be sure. S**t i’m sure! There’s a naked, curly blond surfer guy lying next to me bearing no resemblance to my forthcoming husband. He’s tanned, he’s toned and he’s gorgeous. I’m dead!”
Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Karen Kelly.
The Magic of Wor(l)ds
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