Would you please introduce yourself and tell us what made you decide to write romance?
I'm Karen Fenech and I write contemporary and historical romantic suspense. I'm married and have one daughter. When I'm not spending time with my family, I'm usually writing. . . That's about it. I lead a pretty uneventful life. <g>
Like so many other writers, I started out wanting to write a Nancy Drew mystery. I continued reading mysteries as I got older, but I found that as much as I enjoyed solving the mystery along with the sleuth, I really became enthralled if the plot turned to the romantic relationships of the characters. Writing romantic suspense allows me to combine my love of mystery and suspense with romance.
What was the inspiration for creating your November release, 'Betrayal'?
I think that's a question writers often wonder about. I don't know where the idea for BETRAYAL came from. Before BETRAYAL, I'd written contemporaries. I'd expected that's what I would continue to write, and then came an idea to write about two people living in the twelfth century.
Here's the story for BETRAYAL:
To save her son and people from a deadly enemy, Lady Katherine Stanfield marries her former betrothed, a man she'd betrayed but has never stopped loving. Katherine has not revealed her reason for the betrayal, and now, five years later, believes her secret is safe. But someone won' t let the past rest. Someone with a secret of his own. Now she must stop that "someone" because he wants Katherine and her new husband dead.
If anyone would like to read Chapter One, it's posted on the "BOOKS" page of my website. The link to the page is: http://www.karenfenech.com/books.html
Do you do research for the books you write?
Yes, I do. Because BETRAYAL is set in the twelfth century, it required a great deal of research. I did a lot of reading about the customs and political and social issues. I wanted my characters to be people of their time. To make them credible, I had to know what life was like then.
To date, which book has been the most difficult to write? Of all the books you've written do you have a favorite?
Hmm. UNHOLY ANGELS was my first novel, so because it was the first, I'd say it was the most difficult to write. I used it to learn how to write long fiction. Before that book, I'd written short stories. I made a lot of mistakes during the process of writing that novel that I needed to go back and fix. It took me about a year to write the very messy first draft and then another year to fix the mess. <g> By the time I'd done all that, I had a book I was happy with, and I'd learned a lot about characterization, and plot.
Do I have a favorite book that I've written? I can't say that I do
Do you usually outline your stories before you write them, or do you ?go with the flow??
I outline extensively. My outline isn't so stringent that I don't veer away from it if something different, or better occurs to me. By outlining though, I find that I eliminate a lot of detours that would take away from, or clog the plot.
How long does it take you to write a book?
I've found that it varies. UNHOLY ANGELS took about two years, for the reasons I mentioned above. BETRAYAL took half that time, for the reasons I mentioned above. <g>
What is the best thing about being a romance writer?
I love that I can tell stories all day. Oh, and being able to go to work in my pajamas is definitely a perk. <g>.
Writing has put me in touch with wonderful people that I wouldn't know otherwise. One of the greatest parts of my day is spent reading and answering e-mail from readers.
What are you working on next?
Right now, I'm writing a contemporary romantic suspense with the working title: WHAT HAPPENED TO BETH?
What books do you enjoy reading? Do you have a favorite?
I enjoy reading most fiction. I can't say that I have a favorite. There are so many great books!
When away from writing, What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I love to read. When I'm deeply involved in writing a book, I read primarily for research. While I enjoy that reading, it isn't the same as being able to lose myself in the pages of a good novel. So, when I can breakaway from my writing, I read.
Any tips about writing and getting published?
Believe in yourself, and be your own cheerleader. When it comes to rejection develop the thick skin of a crocodile, and never give up.
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