Forced to leave the workforce in 2000 by the onslaught of MS, Karen saw this as an opportunity to explore her lifelong desire to write. In February of 2014, Karen independently published an inspiring story of her journey so far with MS entitled On The Right Side, My Story of Survival and Success.
Ms. Magill believes that anything is possible and when she writes fiction, she leans towards the paranormal. She writes about extrasensory powers as if they are commonplace because, in her mind, we are all capable of those gifts.
To date, Ms. Magill is the author of four published paranormal novels, including the award winning The Bond, A Paranormal Love Story.
Karen lives in an eclectic area of Vancouver Canada and draws inspiration from the history and stories around her.
What inspires you to write?
Ever since I learned to put words together, I have written. It is my way of expressing myself. When I write fiction, I get to be in control of everything and everyone. When I write non-fiction, I get to inspire people and help them realize their potential.
Tell us about your writing process.
I have a few books in my head at one time. When I write fiction, I sometimes start to write the book without an outline. I like to write the beginning and the end then plot the rest. I have only written one non-fiction and I wrote that one from diaries I kept when I was first diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I talk to my characters all the time. Sometimes they tell me what works in the story and what doesn’t. I like to think my characters are real enough to me that we plot the book together.
What advice would you give other writers?
Get help when you need it as in a professional editor and cover designer. It makes all the difference. And don’t think that just because you typed ‘the end’ that you are finished. The fun is just getting started.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My first book, The Bond, A Paranormal Love Story, I self published through Lulu. It was an experiment to see how I could do on my own. I published one more with Lulu – Let Us Play, A Rock ‘n Roll Love Story – then found a small, traditional publisher to publish Missing Flowers. Unfortunately, they closed so I have returned to self-publishing. I like the control and flexibility a writer gets with self publishing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Indie, self publishing, is slowly losing the stigma it once had though I am certain there will always be those who consider it inferior. I think in the future we will see more writers breaking out of the Indie published field and they will be selling just as much, if not more, as the traditional published authors.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Non fiction, paranormal fiction
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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