Although Karina Gioertz has been writing for most of her life, it never quite registered with her as something out of the ordinary, because it was so closely connected to who she was. It wasn’t until she became a stay at home mom and finally took the time to write an entire book from beginning to end, that she understood what all of those ideas she’d been jotting down were for. Since then, she has written several books, including Country Girls, Lucky In Love and Welcome To The Half Orphan Club.
Karina resides in sunny Florida with her family and two dogs.
What inspires you to write?
That’s easy…Life. Everything I’ve ever written about came from something I’ve experienced or a person I’ve known. Maybe not in the most obvious of ways, but it can all be traced back to my life in one way or another.
Tell us about your writing process
When I get an idea, the first thing I do is write down my initial thoughts in a notebook. It’s chaotic and messy, but to me it all makes sense. I write down all the things that excite me about the story and then I put it down and walk away. After it’s had some time to marinate, I sit down at my computer and start to type a first draft. This consists primarily of dialogue and basic descriptions of locations and actions. I call this my skeleton, but really it resembles somwhat of a script. When I finish this part, I walk away once more. Then, when I’m ready to look at the story with fresh eyes, I sit back down and really flesh it out. I save this task for last, because if I just started here and jumped right in, I’d probably never finish anything. I love the details. I mean, I really LOVE the details…but they’re time-consuming and can be extremely distracting. I could literally get lost in them and if I didn’t already have a course mapped out for myself, I’d never reach my destination.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I have been known to talk to my characters on occasion, but mostly I just listen. I find them incredibly entertaining. Once I really get going with a story, I start to see them everywhere. While I’m out running, when I lay down and close my eyes, if I zone out while watching TV…you name it. It’s especially helpful when I feel stuck and unsure of where to take the story next. I’ve learned that if I just sit back and watch it play out, the characters usually behave in a way that is true to themselves and lead me where I need to go.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I had heard about self-publishing and how easy it is to do…and I had also heard about how difficult it is to try and get a publisher. Plus, I like being in control and having the freedom to do things my way, so self-publishing just seemed like the obvious choice for me starting out. Since then, I’ve signed with a publisher for my most recent novel and I’m excited to see where this new path will lead me. I think there are a lot of arguments to be made for self-publishing, and maybe just as many against it. In the end, I think every writer just has to figure out what works best for them. For the most part, I’ve been very happy doing things myself, but there are certain things I’m just not going to be able to do as well as a professional would, such as editing and cover designs. It’s those things that made me reconsider my options and submit my work to a publisher.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Honestly, the business is still pretty foreign to me. I’m learning as I go, but the truth is that I just try to remain focused on my part, which is writing.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write:: Contemporary Fiction, Chick Lit, Suspense Thrillers
What formats are your books in: Both eBooks and Print