Interview with Karina McRoberts

There are millions of books to choose from online. Why should I choose yours?
For less than the cost of a cup of coffee, I am providing you with entertainment, enlightenment, hope, joy, empathy, mystery, romance, adventure…Many of the things missing in everyday life!
What better investment can you make? And what better thing can I offer?
What about sales and popularity? You haven't scored very high in either department. How do I know you're any good?
As you've said, there are millions of books to choose from. You have perhaps realised that plenty of what's available is pure junk. Quality does not necessarily equate with high sales. In any case, those who get noticed have lots of friends, family, and important connections. I unfortunately have few of these. Of course I do believe whole-heartedly that my stories are good, because they offer all the things I've mentioned above in Question One! I need to build a following so my books will become noticeable. So, why not give me a chance? It costs you next to nothing to give another human being a bit of a leg-up in the world. So, why not?
What other benefits can I get from buying your books?
I like to interact with my readers. You are getting a more "personalised" service, not just a book. I will correspond with you, even help you to become a writer if you desire. I don't charge anything to help someone where I can. Online, or at of the many workshops I give each year.
I also like to give proceeds of my book sales to charity. Right now I am working to create a hygiene and paediatric nursing scholarship for indigenous girls in remote communities.
Tell me more about your "personalised" service.
You've taken an interest in me and my stories; I like reciprocate. I am often able to create cameo roles in the stories I write. You may like to see yourself as a character in one of my books. Or perhaps your child or grandchild would enjoy this.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Sharing something wonderful with readers! The link between myself as creator, people and things from my life, from history, from anywhere and everywhere, and the person reading my book.
What do your fans mean to you?
A great deal! If I don't know people are enjoying what I write, I don't know if I am succeeding in my aim to provide people with hope, inspiration, joy, pathos, thrills, empathy, education, entertainment; all manner of things I aim for!
What are you working on next?
A rest. :) Well yes, but I am near to finishing a novella, in the comic fantasy genre.
Describe your desk
Eclectic. Busy. And a bit messy; probably a reflection of my mind. I'm usually way outside the square. Also. I have favourite sayings to keep me inspired. One is: Tales of the imagination tend to upset those without one. Terry Pratchett.
What's the story behind your latest book?
"The Mine's Eye" is my latest book, sequel to "The Palace of the Stars".

This is a time-travel story with several differences from the usual. It's not about what happens - the events. Well it is, but more importantly, it's how the characters deal with what happens.

There are complex characters. And real history in the historical fiction component. With that, I focus on what history was like for real, everyday, and not so everyday people. Not just the famous and the dates and the big events. Not just the "grand parade of human endeavour". There is so much more to tell!
Why do you write in these genres - fantasy and historical fiction?
I love them. Always have. I like to escape when I read, and provide escape to my readers. Gothic Victoriana has always been a favourite of mine. What a fascinating period of history!. I trained as a scientist, so I go for the, shall we say, more macabre aspects of this time period. As for fantasy, I just love good epic fantasy. I created Galla Jernari because I wanted a female hero in my stories. I also wanted to help myself to deal with the plethora of natural disasters and racial bigotry I found myself surrounded by at the time, so although the Chelandra series is classic epic fantasy in one sense, it has very relevant modern overtones.
Published 2016-12-28.
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Books by This Author

The Haunting of York - A Ghostly Anthology
Pre-release—available February 2, 2019. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,730. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Welcome to the "ghost town" of York, possibly Australia's most haunted! At first glance, it's anything but. A busy mecca for fans of vintage cars and 19th century architectural splendour. But York's a ghost town alright. The Haunting of York - A Ghostly Anthology, is a collection of tales that will intrigue your mind, touch your heart, and chill your blood. Look deeper. If you dare...
Juggernaut, Book Three of the Chelandra Trilogy
Pre-release—available August 14, 2019. Price: $3.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Blyan woman Galla Jenari, captain of the pirate airship Physalia, faces a terrible new menace. If this were not enough, there is more plague, more destruction,and more insanity! Galla deals with her divided heart as the evil of the crazed Pillars culminates and rises to the surface. But if the juggernaut is not thwarted, none of this will matter; all life on Chelandra will stop.
The Light, Harker Investigates Mystery 3
Series: The Harker Investigates Mysteries. Pre-release—available September 29, 2019. Price: $3.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Victorian
Mae struggles to live in the present, although she certainly would be dead otherwise. But she insists on returning to her time. Mae continues to search for Chan Li, her onstage partner in magic. Mike suspects Chan to be her offstage lover and she the mother of his two distraught children. Devastated by jealously, he travels south but is captured and trapped by the vengeful pirate, Cassandra
Lost and Found - a Ghost Story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,930. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Lost and Found - a Ghost Story, is a biting, intriguing short story in the classic gothic mode. Avalon Durrell is lost; having escaped from a mental institution where she is either justly or unjustly a patient. Is she completely bonkers, or is she truly being haunted, by some thing or someone residing at the old house on the cliff? Is Ava in love with a ghost who is gradually destroying her?
The Mine's Eye, Book Two of the Harker Investigates Mysteries
Series: The Harker Investigates Mysteries. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 81,470. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Victorian
Exciting gothic romance and historical adventure! Mike again chances the time portal . Memory impaired from a brutal beating, and subject to strange shifts in consciousness, he is aided by the love of his life, Mae Belle, music hall singer and stage magician. While searching for one killer, dancers are disappearing. Mae discovers a fiendish plot. But can it be time? Extensive note
Master of the World, Book Two of the Chelandra Trilogy
Series: The Chelandra Trilogy. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 95,570. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Young Chelandran woman, Galla Jenari, now commands the Milliyan airship, intent on destroying all enemies. Falling in love against her every instinct, she is used then thwarted, and battles for control of her revengeful desires while facing a multitude of troubles; mutiny, discrimination, natural disasters, plague, war, and heart-aching loneliness. Help comes from quite an unexpected source.
Chelandra! - Book One of the Chelandra Trilogy
Series: The Chelandra Trilogy. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 122,440. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Chelandra ! Delve headlong into an exciting classic fantasy with modern overtones! Young Chelandran woman Galla Jenari must make her way in a world filled with wonders and terrors. An intelligent, exciting, soulful story, Chelandra is filled with fantasy, adventure, mystery, humour, and romance.
The Palace of the Stars - Book One of the Harker Investigates Mysteries
Series: The Harker Investigates Mysteries. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 72,220. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Victorian
History Comes Alive! A gripping Victorian murder mystery! A thrilling panoply of intrigue, humour, horror, romance, and sizzling adventure! Stunning characterisation, and of course, skulduggery! Featuring the quirky and perceptive Mari Linden, her brain-damaged convalescing charge Michael Harker, the charming, impresario J.T. Gordon, the gorgeous magician Mae Belle, and the mysterious Chan Li.