Interview & Contest: Karen Clarke

karencToday we turn the blog over to our staff reviewer Maria as she interviews Karen Clarke.  Ladies, the blog is yours…

Maria:  Can you share a short bio with us?
Karen:  I live in Buckinghamshire in the UK with my husband, 3 children and dog.  I’ve been writing for about ten years, and when I’m not writing or reading I work part-time in a library, which I love.  When I’m not writing or working (or eating cake) I read a lot, or walk my dog, Molly, across the fields near where I live.  In fact that’s when I get most of my ideas for stories.

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Maria:  Please tell us about your newest release.
Karen:  Here’s the blurb from My Future Husband:

‘THE TIME-TRAVELER’S WIFE FOR THE LIGHT-HEARTED’

When Sasha meets Elliot a month before her wedding to Pete, the news he brings seems incredible. He claims to have arrived from the future, explaining that their timeline was knocked off course in 2010, preventing them from meeting, and begs her to find him in the present day.

But Sasha’s wedding plans are underway and though she’s curious, Elliot turns out to be feckless, rebellious, and engaged to a glamorous and pregnant Belle. He’s not remotely her type and is instantly suspicious of Sasha’s motives for tracking him down, convinced his disapproving father has sent her to spy on him.

Sasha decides to ahead with her wedding, but a previous connection with Elliot’s father finds her doing the catering at a dinner party at his house. With the help of her best friend, Rosie, she soon discovers that Elliot has sadness in his past, and that Belle is up to no good…..

 

Maria:  Before writing novels, you’d achieved huge success as a short story writer for magazines in the UK.  Which form – novel or short story – do you prefer and why?
Karen:  I really enjoy both forms.  It’s satisfying to wrap up a story in a thousand words or so, and the turnaround is much faster.  Writing a novel gives me the opportunity for character development and to build a more elaborate plot.  I like complicated plots.

Maria:  Can you share a little about the two main characters in your novel?
Karen:  Sasha is ‘fail to plan, plan to fail’ kind of woman – she likes order in her life and doesn’t like surprises.  Elliot – despite a privileged background – has not had the most stable upbringing and this has sent him down the wrong path.  They’re both making bad decisions about their futures.

Maria:  Can you sum up your novel in a tweet sized sentence?
Karen:  This is harder than it sounds!  Sasha’s about to get married, but has no idea she hasn’t yet met her husband – until he comes back from the future to tell her.

Maria:  What’s next for you?
Karen:  More short stories and I’ve just completed my third novel, which I’m sending to my agent this week!

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35 thoughts on “Interview & Contest: Karen Clarke

  1. laurie g says:

    if i could travel thirty years into the future the one thing i’d would love to see invented is the transporter from star trek. i do so find traveling by train or plane very slow and tedious and would love to get my destination instantly

    parisfan_ca@yahoo.com

    • Somebody should DEFINITELY invent a transporter, May! Mind you, it would put airports and train stations out of business…

  2. Hey, Jen, thank so much for turning the blog over to Karen and me today. We’ll take care of the place, promise! Thanks Karen for the interview and wish you lots of success with your book.

  3. Gosh Karen, I had no idea that you had written 3 novels as well as being a superb short story writer! I am sooo impressed and all this with a family too! Great interview and I can’t wait to read your book! 🙂 xoxox

  4. Some sort of portable device that carries things for you, either using a magnetic field or electricity! I hate lugging around huge, heavy bags when I travel—I can hardly even keep a purse in check when I go out, so something that could just keep all your items suspended above you, but still WITH you, would be a godsend!

    Karielle Stephanie @ Books à la Mode

  5. Anne says:

    I would like to see how surgery is performed with robots and if this is easier, safer and more efficient.

  6. Leanna H says:

    I would like to see devices that you could control with your mind, super fast computers, lupus snd cancer will be cured cars won’t need gas.

  7. I’d love to go back to the late 1800’s. I think that should have been my time period but I was born just a little too late. LOL I would love to read your book! Thank you for the chance!

    Wanda Barefoot
    flghtlss1(at)yahoo(dot)com

  8. It would be fascinating to go back in time, Wanda. I’d like to go back to Victorian times, I often read books set around that period 🙂

  9. holdenj says:

    Thirty years in the future, since I don’t see a traditional “retirement” in my future, I would like to see a more European style of vacation time in America. Then, I could still manage to travel a bit as I work long into my dotage…! Thanks for the chance to win!

  10. Marcy Shuler says:

    Computers and phones that don’t have to rely on signals to work fast. My PC has been acting up lately. Ugh!

    bmndshuler(at)hotmail(dot)com

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