YA supernatural romance novel with NA and contemporary fantasy appeal
Date Published: April 2016
“Hayden is alive.” Those three words hurl Kate and her friends towards a mission unlike any other. While honing Kate’s Asteri powers, Kate and Alex delve deeper into their relationship as they untangle Kate from Sarah’s past. Zoe and Evan are entrusted with the task of destroying a magical ring and finding a cure for a poison that threatens their existence. And Nick is determined to locate and free Hayden from whatever monster imprisons her. Working together, their success will ensure that Hayden will no longer be a ghost sketched on paper, but a woman reborn to thrive in Nick’s arms.
#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?
That’s a difficult question to answer. Each stage has its own simplicities and challenges. I love the rough draft stage because I’m working out the bones of the story, sort of “setting up the framework.” Nothing has to be perfect, which is great, but at the same time I don’t want it to sound rough. So instead of flying through the rough draft and getting my ideas down as quickly as possible, I think about everything and dwell on individual words much more than I should. I love the revision stage because I can read and reread the story in order to strengthen and tighten a paragraph or plot point. The challenge comes when, at some point, I have to just say I am finished editing and move on to publishing.
#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 a few good friends (Melanie, Emily, and Michelle) who are always there for me. I hand over my babies (rough drafts) to them, and they graciously give me their advice. Their help is invaluable because it’s so difficult for a writer to know how a reader will perceive the events in a book.
#4 – What is next for your writing?
I’m so excited to wrap-up the Scintillate Series with Synchronicity. It was fun creating another dimension and conjuring up unique characters. It allowed me to experiment with creativity and think outside of the box, but now I’m thrilled to be entering the romance genre. Blood Kiss is the title of the first book in the Savage Security series. It was published in June of 2016.
#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing?
Yes! I do a lot of reading when I’m at the pool with my girls or taking them to their after school activities. I also listen to books on my iPhone as I do my chores around the house. Then at night I snuggle under the sheets with my iPhone and read until I can hardly keep my eyes open. This means that I always have at least two books going at a time. At this pace, I can read a book within a day or two. Right now I’m focusing on romantic/psychological thrillers.
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“Hayden is alive.” Three words hurl Kate and her friends into danger. Together, they will free Hayden from the monster that holds her.
This or That?
#1 - iPod or Mp3?
I love the iHeartRadio app on my phone. My love of music is pretty broad. My playlist ranges from Taylor Swift and Evanescence to Ed Sheeran, Top 40 songs, and rock songs from the 80s and 90s.
#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 cross 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.
Karen Tjebben lives in central North Carolina with her encouraging and supportive husband, twin daughters, and two hamsters. When her girls left for kindergarten, Karen discovered that she needed to fill her days with something, and that was the beginning of her new career in writing. She loves to create worlds filled with unique creatures that she hopes will delight and raise goose bumps on her readers. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her husband and seeing the world through her daughters’ eyes.
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