This month’s theme is interviewing a fellow author, so when the opportunity arose I immediately thought of my friend, romantic suspense author Karyn Good. Without further ado, here’s our interview.
Here’s the inevitable writer question: Where do you get your ideas? How about the idea for your latest novel or your current work in progress?
Inspiration comes from lots of different sources! I’m not sure why this is, but many of my ideas come from our local newspaper. Certainly that’s where the inspiration for the villain in BACKLASH came from and the basis for my fictional gang, the Prairie Brotherhood. The idea of setting a story in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver came from a story we read for book club, Missing Sarah: A Vancouver Woman Remembers Her Vanished Sister by Maggie deVries. The inspiration for the hero in my work-in-progress comes from a Canadian television show, Flashpoint. About an emergency response police unit in Toronto.
Why did you choose to write romantic suspense?
I love cop shows. Always have. Always will. And those are the books I love to read. But I suppose the biggest pull is the chance to write villains and antagonists. The bad guys fascinate me.
Did you always want to be a writer?
I did a lot of dreaming of becoming a writer and very little actual writing. Then one day after a rather significant birthday I decided it was time to make it happen. I had a lot of misconceptions in my head about what it took to be a writer and what it entailed. Once I overcame those I set out to actually learn the craft of writing.
What do you want readers to come away with after they read your book(s)?
Once my book is in the reader’s hands, what they take away from it is up to them. Readers read for different reasons and I hope they find what they’re looking for when they take a chance on one of my books.
What genre have you never written that you’d like to write?
A psychological thriller along the lines of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, The Good Girl by Mary Kubica or Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson. Those are some of my favourite reads in the past couple of years. Something dark and twisted with unapologetic characters making impossible decisions. Also, I would love to try my hand at a dystopian novel. The idea of utopia for a few and dystopia for the many is a theme I love to explore.
What comes first for you – plot or character? And why?
Of those two choices characters reveal themselves first. But sometimes it’s setting. Which seems an odd choice, but I think we are all products of our environment. I guess to me, setting is the equivalent of another character so it makes sense that it sometimes comes first, as it did in OFF THE GRID. I may have some hint of a general plot, or pivotal plot points, but really plot comes to me during the first draft phase.
What’s your favorite thing about being a writer?
Having a creative outlet. It’s how I maintain my sanity. My favourite thing about the writing process is revising. I love going in after the first draft has been written and fleshing it out and layering in the emotion and description. Taking things to the next level. My first drafts tend to be very lean. Lots of dialogue. And turning. Everyone is turning this way or that way.
What’s your least favorite thing about being a writer?
Well…while writing the first draft is often a frustrating and lengthy process, I have to say the marketing side of the business in not my forte. But I’m trying to learn to embrace it and turn it from a negative into a positive.
I know you belong to a book club, and that you read a lot of books outside your genre of romantic suspense. How do think your reading influences your writing? Do you think authors should read outside their genres?
Interesting question. I want to desperately say yes writers should read outside their genre. I read widely and a lot, thanks to my book club. The books I’ve read, the different styles of writing I’ve encountered, are a great source of inspiration to me. A reminder to keep pushing my limits, that there’s more than one way to build a story. It’s a way to learn about the craft of writing. I also find reading romantic suspense while writing it often challenges my tenuous self-confidence so I chose other genres to read. But every writer has their own reading style.
Name two authors we might find you reading when taking a break from your own writing.
Right now, automatic buys for me are Elle Kennedy, Toni Anderson, and Kit Rocha. Plus my book club pick of the month. Oops, that was more than three. Oh, and Kylie Scott.
What are two (or more) of your all-time favorite books in any genre?
Here goes! Romantic Suspense: Gone Too Far (Troubleshooters Series) by Suzanne Brockman. Cold In The Shadows (Book 5 Cold Justice Series) by Toni Anderson. Crazy Love (Steele Street Series) by Tara Janzen. Women’s Fiction: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah and The Red Tent by Anita Diamant. And many others. I’ve been blessed to read so many outstanding books.
Blurb for Exposed:
Kate Logan needs a safe haven, a place to start over after her modeling career disintegrates in scandal. But her hometown of Aspen Lake isn’t the sanctuary she hoped. Her vow of a low-key life is disrupted by a break-in and other strange happenings at her boutique. As the chair of Aspen Lake’s Gothic Revival Festival, she’s also drawn the ire of a religious fanatic. Kate is up to her stilettos in drama and intrigue including one sexy carpenter who’s determined to get in her way.
New to town, Seth Stone is seeking inspiration and solitude to concentrate on his art. Short on funds, he agrees to take on a second job restoring the damage to Kate’s Closet. Trouble erupts along with the desire to get to know Kate better. When he’s used as a pawn in a smear campaign against his gorgeous boss Seth fights back. But now the whole town is watching. Including the man determined to further his own agenda. Time is running out with nowhere to hide.
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