About Karen C. Webb:
Karen Webb lives in New Mexico and has traveled all over the country. She is an avid reader of fiction and enjoys writing it as well, setting her stories in locations she has visited. She writes as time allows, carrying a laptop with her and writing when she can. “I have more ideas for novels than I have time to write,” says Karen. She also enjoys gardening, horseback riding and hiking through the mountains, searching for buried treasure with a metal detector.
What inspires you to write?
Just like the reader, I love escaping into the lives of the characters. Over the months of writing a novel, I have the characters in my head, all day every day. By the time a book is finished, I know the characters as well as my own family.
Tell us about your writing process.
Ideas come into my head from the strangest things, usually at the most inopportune moments. I will see a story, at least the beginning, and I start writing, even if it’s scribbling into a notebook. The rest of the story evolves naturally as I write, which makes it fun for me too. I get to find out what is going to happen, just like the reader. I find that by writing this way, just clearing the mind and letting the story flow, the story and dialogue comes out so much more real. I have tried plotting out a detective series with little results. Perhaps, for me, I just have to let my creative side take over.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I hear the characters voices in my head, even when I’m not writing. I have this idea: what if the characters are not a product of a writer’s imagination, but ghosts of generations past, sharing their stories through the author?
What advice would you give other writers?
Just do it. Some of the best authors are the ones who thought their work was no good.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I spent many hours researching online, self-publishing versus traditional publishing. Both are wonderful, but traditional publishing requires an author to have a thick skin. I read a story about a person who was rejected so many times, he committed suicide. After his death, ironically, his books became bestsellers.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Indie authors have changed the face of publishing forever. For the good, and bad. Some of the best books on the market today were self-published, as opposed to lying in a slush pile. For the reader, it is becoming ever more difficult to wade through an electronic slush pile to find a good, well-edited book to read.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Young Adult Romance, Adult Romance, Paranormal
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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