Interview with Karen Philpott

When did you first start writing?
I began writing at around 12 years old with a traditional lined pad and pencil. There is however, a picture of me with a pad and pencil, deep in thought as a five year old so maybe that was when the seed was actually sown.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I do tend to write from experience so my latest book is based on my thirteenth birthday party. We shared the ghost stories older friends and siblings had told us until my dad came and scared us with true stories he had actually experienced! Over the years, my friends and I, have experienced a lot of paranormal crazy stuff hence the 'Ghost Club' series in progress now.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Sharing my life and experiences without a doubt. I work with people who live with dementia and to see their memories fade and vanish I want to get all mine out and on to paper for my daughter and her family later on.
What are you working on next?
I write both story books and poems. The book that I will be working on next is called Perfect Pet Poems. I own three dogs and two cats; I have much to say!
Who are your favorite authors?
James Patterson is the only author I have ever read. To be honest, I hate reading! JP's books actually got me hooked so I thank him for that!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I would happily stay in bed all day if I could!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am a huge crafter! I make things for my home and to sell at fairs out of all kinds of textiles and materials. Love to recycle and also, living in the country with lots of animals I do get out and about as well when I am not working.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was called The Milkman! I was a huge Horror fan as a pre-teen and love the Point Horror books which were around at the time. It was a story based in my childhood home town of Addlestone in Surrey and began in my neighbours driveway.
'If you hear the milk bottles rattle before the bird song, hide!'
Sadly most bottles are now plastic and I have lost the original (being on paper) If I find it I will certainly type it for readers!
What is your writing process?
I tidy the house, make a cup of tea and put on imaginary blinkers. I am able to ignore an earthquake when I get in the zone. The family know to ignore me and disturb me at their peril. I literally just type and type for as long as I can concentrate for then go back through and add, change and alter what I need to.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I read a book called the Doughnut Factory when I was Nine or Ten. You had to read to a teacher and I was totally in love with mine. He must have wondered how I got to the reading level of that book because I was always so nervous reading to him that all the words came out muddled. I wouldn't say the book itself had an impact on me because I never read a book after that until I was in my late 20's but the teacher certainly made an impact!
Published 2017-05-06.
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Books by This Author

The Sleepover
Price: $2.60 USD. Words: 8,390. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal
My 13th birthday sleepover wasn't exactly what I had planned but we found ourselves alone, in the darkened room with little more than smoking embers from the fire to light our faces. Loaded with cake and crisps, the five of us began telling ghost stories we'd heard about the local Mill pond and the Devils Punch Bowl among other ghostly tales; grey ladies, demonic limbs and heads will roll!