Welcome back, so let's continue on with our ghostly theme for a chance to win a signed paperback of Karen's deliciously creepy book Thores-Cross, answer me this - what's the scariest thing that has ever happened to you or someone close to you? Tell us your ghost stories, go over and LIKE Karen's page and you could be in with a chance of winning.
Get To Know Karen Perkins
Five facts about you that people won’t know about you. Can you juggle? Ride a bike with no hands? Drink beer upside down? Something unusual… GO!
1.I can solve the rubik's cube
2.I once jumped out of an aeroplane - voluntarily
3.I can say 'Hello' 5 different ways in Shona & Ndebele
4.My household is very international:- I'm half British, half German and half Danish(!), have a number of French cousins and live with a Zimbabwean/South African
5.I ALWAYS win the booby prize in raffles
Five facts about your newest book that people won’t know. Some background history on one of your characters maybe? Maybe it was going to be called something completely different to start out with? Is it the same genre it started out as?...
1.The Prologue of Thores-Cross is autobiographical & I still have the inkpot…
2.Emma shares my childhood and lives in my dream house
3. I heard the bells toll at Thruscross Reservoir as a child.…
4.There really is a 'Hanging Moor' at Thruscross, although the name comes from the Old Norse for steep - 'Hangra''
5.I thought about writing the book for 30 years - but only took 6 months to actually write it
Five facts about your next book… Name, genre, expected date of release…
1.'Look Sharpe!', the third book in the Valkyrie Series
2.Historical Fiction - Pirates!
3.The book explores the character of Sharpe, who has appeared in both previous Valkyrie books, An Ill Wind and Dead Reckoning.
4.Look Sharpe! recounts Henry Sharpe's early life - how he came to be a pirate, how he deals with the brutality and his fight to retain his humanity
5.Expected Release - December 2013
Three tips that you think might be useful for other authors… anything you want. It could be, to write a certain amount every day, only write after midnight and never get Gizmo wet (Sorry, that’s Gremlins not writers! My bad.) Maybe it’s some information that was given to you that has helped your process…
1.Don't force it, putting pressure on yourself will stifle your creativity. Writing is a wonderful experience - enjoy it. The more fun you have in writing your story, the more your readers will enjoy reading it
2.Don't be afraid to go it alone - there has never been a better time to self-publish than now
3.The biggest pitfall for indie authors is publishing too soon, so before publishing (or submitting to agents) make sure your manuscript is the best it can be. In my opinion, it is impossible for us as writers to be objective about our own work, so either pay an editor and/or have 2 or 3 people read it through for you – but make sure they are friends or other writers who you trust to give you both honest and constructive feedback rather than empty compliments.
So, don't forget to answer the question at the top of this post and 'like' her page to be entered in to the chance of winning a signed paperback of her novel - Thores-Cross.
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