**Author Peek** Interview with KAREN C. WHALEN
NOT ACCORDING TO FLAN
INTRODUCING…Karen C. Whalen.
Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a full–time writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share to introduce yourself.
I was a paralegal at a law firm in downtown Denver for over thirty years and also wrote a regular column for the National Paralegal Reporter. I left the law firm in 2016 to pursue writing full time.
1. How did you get started writing?
Most writers will say this, and I’m no different: I’ve always loved to read and I’ve always written, from personal journaling to writing for newspapers and magazines.
2. What genre(s) do you write in and why?
Cozy murder mystery because it’s my favorite genre to read because the characters are loveable, the setting takes me to a place I’d like to live, and the ending always turns out all right.
3. What do you think about when you’re alone in your car?
I keep a tape recorder in my car because I often think of a scene for my current work in progress.
4. What is your favorite part of writing?
The first draft of a new book.
5. What is your least favorite part of writing?
The last revision before publication (because by this time I have the book memorized and I’m sooo ready to move on to the next project).
6. Pick two celebrities to be your parents. Who would they be and why?
This is a hard question because I’m not enamored with celebrities and barely know who the current movie stars are. I don’t think celebrities necessarily make good parents since the children would always be in the limelight, but okay, I’d go for Michael Landon and Karen Grassle, the parents in the television show, Little House on the Prairie, because I loved the books so much.
7. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
Some from my experience as a paralegal and some from personal experience. In the third book in my series, No Grater Evil, Jane drives her car over a pedestrian bridge and down a bike path by mistake. She almost drives into a wedding and has to turn around. I did that.
8. Tell me about your ideal reader.
Someone who wants to laugh a little, who enjoys descriptions of the mountain and urban settings in Colorado, and who wants to have close friends like Jane’s in the dinner club group.
9. What is your “go to” routine that helps you get in the mood to write? Special beverage? Music? Etc.
I put on New Age music because it is relaxing or Celtic epic music because it is inspiring and work at my desk at home with a cup of coffee.
10. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
In the first book in the series, EVERYTHING BUNDT THE TRUTH, released in November 2016, Jane Marsh is a recent widow who wants to recapture a rich, full life. She auditions to join an exclusive dinner club, but is barred when her housekeeper is found murdered and she and her guest list become the suspect list.
The next book will be released June 9, 2017, NOT ACCORDING TO FLAN. In this second in the series, Jane Marsh wants to shake off the empty nest syndrome, plus the notoriety of the death of her first and second husbands, by starting over in a new place. She sells her family home to move to a far northern suburb of Denver. At the same time, Jane’s dinner club is undergoing a transformation, and a new man—a gourmet chef—enters her life. But, things turn sour when, on the day Jane moves into her new home, she discovers a dead body. She cannot feel at home in this town where she’s surrounded by cowboys, horse pastures, and suspects. Not to mention where a murder was committed practically on her doorstep. How can she focus on romance and dinner clubs when one of her new friends—or maybe even her old ones—might be a murderer?
Be sure to come back to learn more about Karen’s novel, NOT ACCORDING TO FLAN, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench blog.
Links to Karen’s website, blog, books, etc.
Link to Not According to Flan:
Links to Everything Bundt the Truth:
Thanks, Karen, for sharing your story with us!
Don’t miss the chance to read this upcoming release!