Friday, February 19, 2016

Friday - What She Was Before featuring Karen Wiesner #MFRWauthor

Creating realistic, unforgettable characters one story at a time…

Karen Wiesner is an accomplished author with 113 titles published in the past 18 years, which have been nominated/won 134 awards, and has 42 more releases contracted for spanning many genres and formats. Karen’s books cover such genres as women’s fiction, romance, mystery/police procedural/cozy, suspense, paranormal, futuristic, fantasy, gothic, inspirational, thriller, horror, chick-lit, and action/adventure. She also writes children’s books, poetry, and writing reference titles such as her bestseller, First Draft in 30 Days and From First Draft to Finished Novel {A Writer’s Guide to Cohesive Story Building} (out of print; reissue available now in paperback and electronic formats under the title Cohesive Story Building). Her third offering from Writer’s Digest Books is Writing the Fiction Series: The Complete Guide for Novels and Novellas, available now. Her previous writing reference titles focused on non-subsidy, royalty-paying electronic publishing, author promotion, and setting up a promotional group like her own, the award-winning Jewels of the Quill, which she founded in 2003 and disbanded in 2014. For more information about Karen’s fiction and series, consult her official companion guide The World of Author Karen Wiesner: A Compendium of Fiction. Visit her website at Check out Karen's author page at Facebook, where you can like, friend and follow her: If you would like to receive Karen’s free e-mail newsletter, Karen’s Quill, and become eligible to win her monthly book giveaways, send a blank e-mail to

Day 1

1. What were you in your life before you became a writer? Did this influence your writing?

Actually, as I wrote my first book when I was 10, I'd have to say that I was a writer first. Following that, I worked in the school library from elementary to high school, then as an aid at a local school during the summer. I also was a dishwasher and did data entry for quite a few years. I had my first book published in 1997. Since then, I've become an editor and cover artist as well. Other than working in the school library, I wouldn't say any of my "careers" had any influence on my writing--just made me want to write full-time, as I do now.

2 Are you genre specific or general? Why?

I'm all over the place, and I think that's a good thing. Most of my books can be placed in several category of fiction. I don't intentionally set out to write in more than one. I just can't seem to rein myself in. A book ends up what it ends up.

3. Did your reading choices have anything to do with your choice of a genre or genres?

I guess in some ways my reading choices influence my writing. I read across genres in nearly every category I write in. However, I have yet to write anything in the historical or western genres. I don't read a whole lot in those genres either. I haven't written a Regency or science fiction, though I do read in both categories. I never say never, since I might someday write in any genre I haven't thus far written in if a really good story idea comes to me. There are worlds to discover everywhere. Horror, really, really good horror, is a special pleasure to me. I can't get enough of this genre, so I'd like to write more horror in the future.

4. What's your latest release?

CLUMSY GIRL'S GUIDE TO HAVING A BABY, Book 6, Friendship Heirlooms Series, which is one of my featured releases tomorrow.

5. What are you working on now?

I'm never working on just one thing because I believe writing in stages is the only way to make my books the highest quality they can possibly be. In 2016, I'm alternating between the following projects (and you can see how I plan to do it here):

CROOKED HOUSE, Book 3, and RETURN TO BLOODMOON MANOR, Book 4, Bloodmoon Cove Spirits Series

PROMISES IN THE DARK, Book 4, Angelfire II Quartet

BRIAR'S PATCH, Book 7, and FOR AULD LANG SYNE, Book 8, Adventures in Amethyst Series

ALL GOOD THINGS, Book 7, Friendship Heirlooms Series

FALCON'S BEND CASE FILES, Volume III with Chris Spindler

6. Where can we find you?

See biography above.

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