Welcome to the Dangerous Depths blog tour!
Today I welcome author Karen Amanda Hooper for an Interview! I have known Karen for a while and I'm very excited to have her here!
1. Did you always know you wanted to be a writer or did you want to be something else?
Nope. My dream occupation changed a lot as I was growing up. I wanted to be everything from a dancer at Disney World to a vet. Even though I wrote a lot in high school (poems, short stories, etc.) I never imagined I’d be able to write a novel.
It varies depending on the book. I wrote the first draft of Grasping at Eternity in a little under 3 months, but it was a mess, I spent years revising and editing.
3. How do you come up with themes for your stories?
Divine intervention? Ha. Kidding. I’m still not sure. Ideas just hit me and I go with the flow. The theme is never something I plan, it just sort of shows up as I write.
4. Do you have a schedule of when you write?
I write best in the morning, so I try my best to get in some words while drinking my coffee. Some days I fail because of so many other things that need to be done.
5. How are you able to balance other aspects of your life with your writing?
I still haven’t mastered that ability yet. I try, but I definitely don’t feel balanced most days.
6. What elements do you think make a great story line?
For me, it’s a great romance, a swoonworthy guy, some magic, and a happy ending.
7. What was the hardest thing about writing a book?
Knowing when it’s really “done.”
8. How many books have you written so far? Do you have a favorite?
I’ve written 4 novels, and I’m working on my 5th. I can’t choose a favorite. That’s like asking a mother to choose a favorite child.
9. Do you have a favorite character?
Same as above. I love all my characters in different ways.
10. Where do you write?
In my writing nook where I have a big comfy chair. My 90lb American bulldog squeezes in beside me because he thinks he’s a Chihuahua.
11. Have you gotten feedback from family about your book(s)? What do they think?
My family is super supportive. Most of them love all of my books, but some love one series more than the other.
12. What kinds of advice would you give to someone who wants to start writing?
Write what you love. Always strive to learn and improve. Grow thick skin. Expect the unexpected.
13. Do you have any go to people when writing a book that help you with your story lines as well as editing, beta reading and such?
Yes, I have an AMAZING group of critique partners that have been with me since the beginning. I’d be lost without them.
14. Are you working on anything now?
Right now I’m writing book 3 of my Kindrily series, Fighting for Infinity. I plan to start working on Sacred Seas, book 3 of The Sea Monster Memoirs as well.
Thanks so much for the interview! :)
Thanks so much for stopping by, Karen! So great to have you here today!Hell hath no fury like a selkie separated from his true love.
The gate to the sea creature realm is finally open. Rownan assumes the worst is behind him when he returns home after years of waiting to be reunited with his wife, Vienna. Only to find out that Vienna didn’t wait for him. She traveled to the evil realm of Harte years ago, hoping the legend of another gateway to Earth’s realm was real, but she was never heard from again. Rownan claimed he’d go through hell to be with Vienna, and now he must prove it.
Yara wanted to bask in the glow of her happily ever after in the magical realm of Rathe. She planned to explore Medusa and Poseidon’s world and dive deeper into her relationship with Treygan, but as the new leader of Rathe, her powers are needed to save more than one member of her own kind. Treygan vowed to always be Yara’s guardian, but long ago he also swore to go any lengths to protect his brother Rownan. Now, he must fulfill his promise to both of them.
Rownan, Yara, and Treygan are about to put their lives and souls at risk by traveling to the most dangerous realm of the worlds. Love should conquer all, but no one has ever conquered Harte.
Karen was born and bred in Baltimore, frolicked and froze in Colorado for a couple of years, and is currently sunning and splashing around Florida with her two beloved dogs. She's addicted to coffee, chocolate, and complicated happily-ever-afters.
Karen has been making up stories for as long as she can remember. Due to her strong Disney upbringing, she still believes in fairy tales and will forever sprinkle magic throughout all of her novels.