Karen King talks about the message she wants readers to take away from her novels.
1. Tell us more about your new book, The Bridesmaid’s Dilemma.
This is my third book for Accent Press and is set in Majorca. Jess is a fun-loving travel rep who has never given love a second thought, she’s enjoying her life in the sun far too much. Then a raucous stag party turns up at the hotel she’s working at and Jess hits it off with the best men, Eddie. It’s just another summer fling for Jess until Eddie turns up at a family wedding where Jess is chief bridesmaid and ignites a passion she didn’t know existed – but is she prepared to give up her carefree life for a long-term relationship?
2. Where did you get the inspiration for the novel?
My husband and I went to Majorca for our third anniversary a couple of years ago. I loved it, and the Caves of Drach – which appear in the novel – made a big impression with me, so when I got the idea of writing about a carefree travel rep who worked in a glorious location Majorca seemed the ideal place to set it.
3. If you have to pick one favourite character from all your books, who would it be and why?
Hmm, that’s a difficult one, I love all the heroines and heroes I create or I wouldn’t be able to write about them, but I think it’s probably Ellie from The Cornish Hotel by the Sea, she’s independent, has a good career and is trying hard to help her sick mother save the family hotel from bankruptcy. ‘I love her ‘can do’ attitude and how much she’s determined not to let anything beat her.
4. What are you most proud of about the book?
I don’t think I’m ever proud of my work, just relieved that so many readers are enjoying my stories.
5. Have you ever been stuck while writing one of your books? How did you get over it?
Luckily, I don’t get stuck often, but if I do I usually work on something else for a while to distance myself from it. When I get back to it I can usually figure out what’s gone wrong and how to fix it. If I’m on a tight deadline and can’t take a few days off to work on something else, then I go for a walk, or sleep on it. That usually clears my head.
6. What message do you want readers to take away from your novels?
My books are sheer escapism; gentle, heart-warming romances in fantastic locations, aimed at taking my readers away from their problems for a while with a bit of sun, sea and romance. If there is a message hidden in there I guess it’s don’t look for love, it will find you because most of my heroines are feisty, independent women who don’t want to be tied down because they’re enjoying life too much.
7. Has any other writer in particular influenced the way you write?
Reading has been a hobby of mine since I was a child and I’m sure that all the books I’ve read – and the people I’ve met – have influenced my work, but I don’t think any single author has influenced the way I write.
8. If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?
Probably a teacher. I was about to train to be a teacher when I started writing for children’s magazines and really admire the work they do. I had so much regular writing work, and four young children to look after, that I decided to try and make a living as a writer instead.
9. What novel have you recently read that you’d like to recommend to other book fans out there?
There are so many, I’m in awe of the talent out there. I’m a big fan of Mandy Baggot though and would really recommend her work. I read her latest book One Christmas Kiss in Notting Hill recently and loved it.
10. Can you tell us a bit about your plans for the future?
I’m delighted to have recently signed a contract for two romance novels with Bookouture, and am now working on the first one, Snowy Nights at the Lonely Hearts Hotel, which will be out in November, the second book will be out in February. I’ve also signed with Littwitz Press for my YA books, and my afterlife romance, Rise of the Soul Catchers, was published by them in April.
Every summer has a story…
Jess, a fun-loving travel rep, has never given love a second thought. After all, who has time for distractions when you are working the season in the summer sun?
When a raucous stag party arrives at her Majorcan hotel, Jess hits it off instantly with best man, Eddie. A summer romance is exactly what commitment-phobe Jess needs and, as the stag-do draws to a close, so does the holiday fling. She has no intentions of carrying on the summer fun and, when a familiar face turns up at a family wedding, chief bridesmaid Jess gets the shock of her life.
She doesn’t do relationships, does she? But Eddie ignites a passion she didn’t know existed. Maybe this bridesmaid will get the happy-ever-after she never knew she wanted..
Karen King is a multi-published author of children’s books and romantic fiction. She has had 120 children’s books published, two young adult novels, four romantic novels and several short stories for women’s magazines.