A first time author, Karen is originally from Isle of Bute, Scotland and has lived in Amsterdam since 1997. She has eaten her way to Amsterdam via London and Portugal. As a business graduate, has worked in various corporate situations mainly in project management positions and marketing in hospitality and banking. Karen gave all that up to pursue her career in food. In 2000 Karen set up an award winning delicatessen in Amsterdam. “Vivers Delicatessen” was voted one of the best speciality stores in the Netherlands. Recognized for artisanal high quality, low production products, service and her own product line. Now, as owner and founder of “The Cooking Coach”, Karen teaches others to cook, gives Culinary Tours of Amsterdam and writes for expat publications in the Netherlands.
What inspires you to write?
My love of food and eating! I teach people to cook from my own recipes and being able to write about and share the recipes is for me, an extension of sharing food with people.
Tell us about your writing process.
There are two areas to my writing process. Firstly, my recipe writing and development is based on requests from my clients. I see this as a sort of market research.
All my recipes have been requested by people who want to learn more about cooking.
Secondly, in my book, Love Food, Live Healthy, I write about how I lost weight in a very healthy and sustainable way without compromising my love of food. I am driven to share my personal experience of weight loss with as many people as possible. My goal is to do what ever I can to stop the misery of dieting and promote healthy happy eating instead.
What advice would you give other writers?
I would say, ‘Just Write”. So many people seem to talk about it, think about it, but actually never actually write the words down. Do it. You’ll be surprised what will happen.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Ideally, I would like to work with an agent, in order to capitalise on their distribution network and marketing expertise. Whilst I am in the process of finding the right partner, I have decided to self publish and I am so glad I did. Getting your work published via the conventional route can be very frustrating, but with the option to self publish, as least I can get my work ‘out there’.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that there will be more mergers of the main publishing houses. I am concerened that this will lead to a rather beige literary landscape which responds to fleeting trends and celebrity. I think that digital and self publishing will grow, however, I am not convinced that it will become big as some experts predict.
What genres do you write?
Cookery, Healthy Food, Food, Recipes
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print