Monday, September 14, 2015

Tour Kick Off: Symbiosis by @KTjebbenAuthor

YA Supernatural Romance (with Contemporary Fantasy appeal)
Date Published: January 10, 2015

A switch is flipped the night of the dance. Something awakens within Kate Archer that alters her relationship with Nick and Alex. Haunting visions of the past begin to plague her. In an effort to maintain harmony within her relationships, she tries to hide the knowledge the dreams reveal to her. Eventually, when the fa├žade that she’s so carefully crafted begins to unravel, Kate realizes that the past has no boundaries, and it has stained her soul. It is then that the truth finally sets her free.


#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career? Of course! Although writing is not your typical career - there are no salary guarantees or health plan coverage - it can be very rewarding. Being a writer means that in all places and at all times you are gathering experiences that you can use in your work. The good times and the bad times can be rich sources that a writer can draw from and sow into her work, opening people’s minds to new ideas or by simply providing them an escape from reality. So writers, like teachers, do not work tirelessly for the money, they do it for love. Love of the characters, the escape, and the desire to bring joy to others.

#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process? Every part. Ha! I always have trouble with the rough draft because I don’t want it to sound rough. I think about it and dwell on words much more than I should. I’ve read that authors should just let their fingers fly over the keys and get through their manuscript, but I reread and find myself editing as I go along. This means it takes me longer than most to write my rough drafts, although I do usually finish the rough draft in 90 days. So I guess I’m not too bad. But then the revision stage is difficult too. I reread and reread again and again trying to strengthen or tighten a paragraph. At some point I have to just say I am finished because I could keep editing forever.

#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family? I have to give my husband credit. He’s always willing to help me when I have a question about word choice or some other detail. However, I have two good friends, Melanie and Emily, who are always there for me. I hand over my babies (rough drafts) to them, and they give me their advice. Their help is invaluable because it’s so hard for a writer to know how a reader will perceive the events in a book.

#4 – What is next for your writing? I am working on the third and final book for The Scintillate Series. As of now, the title is SYNCHRONICITY. When I finish that, I will try a contemporary romance. I’m loving that genre right now.

#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading? Yes! I do a lot of reading when I’m at the pool with my girls or taking them to their after school activities. Every night I snuggle under the sheets with my iPhone and read until I can hardly keep my eyes open. At this pace, I can read a book within a day or two. Right now I’m reading LOVING LAUREN (The West Series Book 1) by Jill Sanders.   

DESCRIBE Your Book in 1 Tweet: SYMBIOSIS - Haunting visions of the past plague Kate. As her world unravels, she realizes that the past has no boundaries, and it has stained her soul.

This or That?

#1 - iPod or Mp3? Neither, but I love my TuneIn Radio app on my iPhone. I also love using Pandora through my television and blaring it throughout the house, especially at Christmas.

#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate. There is no competition. And if there’s caramel with sea salt – Watch out! 

#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries? Fries with burgers. Mashed Potatoes with every other meat.

#4 – Comedy or Drama? Comedy if my kids are around. Drama if I’m by myself.

#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks? Nicholas Sparks makes me cry – always. So I have to go with Danielle Steel. 

#6 – Fantasy or Reality? Can I go with realistic fantasy? Something along the lines of GAME OF THRONES. It feels realistic, but then there are some fantastical events that blur the line of reality.

#7 – Call or Text? Text if I’m not in a hurry. Call if I’m under a time crunch or just want to hear someone’s voice.

#8 – Public School or Home School? I taught in the public school for 10 years, and my girls go to public school now. So I have to go with Public. 

#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate? Love hot chocolate, but it has too many calories. Coffee with creamer and a little Kahlua is almost as good.  

#10 – eBook or Paperback? eBook. Just can’t beat the convenience.

Story time always captivated Karen.  As a child, she fell in love with books that transported her to different worlds and introduced her to new creatures. As a teacher, she encouraged her students to explore different times and new worlds through literature.  Now, when Karen isn’t living in reality with her husband and daughters, she can be found creating an alternate reality filled with creatures and worlds that she hopes will delight and raise goose bumps on her readers.

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