23 Nov 2016

Author Interview with Karen King

Local journalist Cassie is getting married to hot-shot lawyer, reliable Timothy, and his mother Sylvia, who Cassie has nicknamed ‘Monster-in-Law’, wants to plan the entire wedding. When Sylvia books the exclusive ID Images to take photographs of the extravagant do, Cassie has no idea what she’s walking into.
The elusive JM, ID Images’ newest photographer, just so happens to be Jared, Cassie’s first love and ex-fiancĂ©, who broke off their engagement to travel and take photos of far-reaching wonders. He’s back to pay for his next wild adventure.
Cassie decides it’s best to pretend not to know him, but when she’s asked to write an article for her newspaper, she’s tasked with a column surrounding all things wedding related. When Cassie jokingly writes a column meant for herself depicting her situation, a co-worker submits it in place of the real article and it’s soon making headlines, with readers asking the age old question - Who Will She Choose?
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Jared must have seen the panic in her eyes because he quickly composed himself and shook Sylvia’s hand. ‘Delighted to meet you. And this must be the bride-to-be.’ He smiled at Cassie as if he’d never met her before. Never held her in his arms, kissed her, made love to her, promised that he’d love her forever and then walked out on her.
She’d often imagined seeing Jared again, wondered how she’d react. Now it all came flooding back and all she could do was remember how utterly devastated she’d felt when he’d walked out on her.
Get a grip, Cassie told herself. That was years ago. You’re over it now. You’re marrying Timothy. Jared is history.
She was suddenly aware that Jared was holding out his hand to her and Sylvia was watching her curiously. She forced a smile on her face and shook his hand, desperately hoping she showed no sign that his touch still made her tingle.
‘Miss Tyler,’ he said smoothly.
‘Call me Cassie,’ she told him. ‘Sorry I kept you waiting.’
‘Not a problem.’
How she wished she’d arrived on time. Jared used to tease her about being late. He probably thought she was still as ditzy as she was back then. If only she’d put on one of her power suits instead of a maxi dress, then she would have looked sophisticated and professional. Like she’d changed; which she had.
Oh God, she was still holding his hand. What must Sylvia think? She quickly removed her hand, tore her gaze from those big brown eyes, and tried to act as if her body wasn’t zinging at his touch. Just like it always had.
‘Take a seat, ladies, and tell me exactly what sort of photographs you’re looking for.’ He glanced down at his notes. ‘I see that the wedding is only two months away.’
‘Yes, we decided against a long engagement,’ Sylvia replied as if she was the bride. She sat down in one of the plush dark brown chairs and indicated for Cassie to take the other seat. ‘Timothy and Cassandra got engaged on Valentine’s Day and we thought a summer wedding would be lovely. Especially when we managed to secure Hollington Castle,’ she paused to make sure this announcement had the desired effect.
Jared nodded, looking suitably impressed, and Sylvia continued, ‘I know it’s short notice but Daniel assured me you’d be able to fit us in.’ She was letting him know that she was on first name terms with the director of the company.
Jared nodded again. ‘We’ve had a cancellation for that date, so yes, we can accommodate you both.’ His gaze flicked to Cassie then back to Sylvia. ‘Would you like a cup of coffee while we discuss the arrangements?’
‘Thank you. Black with no sugar, please.’
Jared raised an eyebrow questioningly at Cassie. ‘And for you, Cassie?’
‘Black with no sugar for me too, please,’ she replied. That would surprise him. She always used to have white coffee with two sugars. The Cassie he used to know had a sweet tooth. At least that was one thing that had changed. Except it hadn’t, really, she was only drinking black coffee to make sure she could get into her wedding dress. Well, to be honest she was drinking black coffee in front of Timothy and his mother because they would frown and remind her about needing to get into the wedding dress. When they weren’t around she still took her coffee with milk and sugar. She thought longingly of the iced mocha she’d be enjoying with Sam later.
Jared pressed the intercom and asked the receptionist to bring in the coffees, then he leant forward, linked his hands under his chin, and gave Cassie the benefit of his full attention. Devastating. She quickly averted her gaze. ‘Now, tell me about the wedding,’ he said. ‘It’s important that I get a feel of the atmosphere you’re trying to create so I know what tone to set with the photos. We aim to be professional but not intrusive. And please don’t hesitate to ask any questions you might have. We want our clients to be completely happy and relaxed on their special day. We won’t take offence at all if you decide that we aren’t the right photographers for you.’
You’re not! Cassie’s mind was screaming. You’re the very last person I want as my photographer. Ever. For a moment she feared she’d uttered the words aloud, but Sylvia was now talking to Jared, so clearly it was all in her head

Author Interview
Hi Karen! When did you first start writing? And when were you first published?
I had a poem published when I was eleven, in the children’s corner of a local newspaper, which inspired me to carry on writing. I’ve been writing for a living for about thirty years, I started off writing for Jackie magazines, then other children’s magazines then books.

What is it about 'chick lit' / 'romance' that appeals to you the most? Do you read other genres?
I like exploring adult relationships and writing about contemporary issue. Chick lit is a fun, light read but there’s truth in it, the characters and situations are realistic one. I read most genres apart from horror. I’m a pretty eclectic reader.

Can you tell us a little about your latest release?
It’s called ‘I do?...or do I?’ and is about a young woman, Cassie, who’s drifted into marrying her safe, reliable boyfriend, Timothy. One minute she’s living with him, the next she’s engaged and her ‘Monster in Law’ has completely taken over and is planning the wedding of the century. Then to make things worse the wedding photographer Sylvia has booked is Cassie’s ex, Jared.

What inspired you to write it?
I remembered reading that Princess Diana wanted to back out of her wedding but her sisters told her she couldn’t because her name was on the tea towels. It made me think of a story about a heroine who is getting married then starts to wonder if she’s doing the right thing. When is it too late to back out?

If it was made into a film, who would you cast as the main characters?
Scarlett Johansson as Cassie, Tom Hughes as Jared and Damien Lewis as Timothy.

What is your favourite book that made it to the big screen?

Gone with the Wind.

What was the last book you read and would you recommend it?

I’m reading Second Life by S.J.Wilson. It’s pretty good but not as good as his first book, Before You Go to Sleep.

Where do you currently write? And where would be your dream writing location?
I’m lucky enough to have my own study to write in now, but my dream location would be sitting out on the balcony on a sunny day in Spain, overlooking the beach.

Tell us a random fact about yourself.
It took me seventeen attempts to pass my driving test.

Tell us an interesting fact about where you live.
I live in Worcester, which is called The Royal City because of its support of the King during the Civil War. In the middle of the town is a pub called The King Charles Inn, from where King Charles 11 escaped his enemies after the battle of Worcester in 1651

What inspires you as an author?
Lots of things. Snippets of conversation I overhear, things I see, my family and friends.

Do you have a muse?
No, I just write!

Who would play you in the movie about your life?
Julie Walters. I think she’s great and would portray my dippiness well.

What are your (writing) plans for the future?

I’m finishing my third chick lit for Accent Press and am also working on a YA and another novel

Tell us one thing that's on your bucket list.
To go to the Caribbean.

What do you listen to whilst writing?
A lot of the time I work in silence, but sometimes I’ll play a bit of music if I’m not working on anything that needs a lot of concentration. My favourite artists to work to are the Beatles, Abba and Loretta Lynn.

Name one of your all time favourite songs.
Imagine by John Lennon. 

A member of the Romantic Novelists' Association, the Society of Authors and the Society of Women Writers and Journalists, Karen King writes sassy, contemporary romance just right for reading on the beach. 'I do - or do I?' is her first chick-lit for Accent Press and has recently been nominated for the RONA. She has been contracted for two more chick-lit novels. In addition, Accent Press have republished her earlier romance novels, The Millionaire Plan and Never Say Forever.
Karen has also written several short stories for women’s magazine and had 120 children's books published.
When she isn’t writing, Karen likes travelling, watching the ‘soaps’ and reading. Give her a good book and a box of chocolates and she thinks she’s in Heaven.
Twitter: @karen_king
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