Interview with Karen Redmond

When did you first start writing?
I was 15 years old when I penned my first short story. I won my first literary award when I was 16. It was a writing competition for high school and college students. I wrote a piece called "The Elders". I did not think that it was special, but my teacher thought it was wonderful and entered it in the contest. She even paid the entry fee. I could not believe it when I won!
What are you working on next?
The second book in this trilogy. I hope to have it released in late summer or early fall of 2017.
How do you approach cover design?
I have an incredibly talented artist who does my covers.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I was a voracious reader as a child, and got lost in every book I read. Each book was a cherished adventure so I cannot pinpoint one particular book.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean everything to me. Their joy is the reason that I write.
What is your writing process?
I usually have the whole book in my head before I type the first word. I know what I want to say, and what I want to accomplish with each book. I create chapters as placeholders and assign an element of the book to each chapter. Then I write whichever chapter that inspires me that day. I never force content.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
When my son was in elementary school I decided to write a chapter book series that teaches kids that everyone is unique in their own way, and that acceptance and tolerance is better than bullying someone. I tried to go the traditional route, and could not even get a literary agent to read my book(s). I later found out that new writers have less than a one-percent chance of getting a book deal. Think about that for a moment; the odds are so high that it can't even calculate up to a single percent. I was banging my head against a literary wall that I was never going to be able to scale.

When I decided to write this middle-grade trilogy, I made the decision to walk away from that wall that had "Keep Out" scrawled across it. It is a shame the traditional industry is so closed off. There are a lot of great writers out there, with amazing stories to tell. It is an exciting time to be a writer.
Published 2017-02-20.
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Books by This Author

Jasara, Magic of the Zunobe People
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 21,050. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
“You will never see a picture of me in any of my books. If you are curious about how I look, just look in a mirror. If you have brown eyes, so do I. If your eyes are blue, mine are too. Whatever color of hair or skin you have, I promise that it matches mine. It doesn’t matter what we look like on the outside. It matters what is on the inside because that is where your true beauty lives.
Rise of Starseed Nation
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 43,550. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
When a dark galaxy tries to take control of Earth, Prince Tharagar must leave Terrastar and return to the surface to save the planet he has sworn to protect. With his Starseed family by his side, he is able to save Earth. But when dark forces return and threaten the annihilation of the human race, Prince Tharagar must activate every Starseed on the planet for an epic battle to save the planet.
Prince of Terrastar
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 33,850. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Dakota Morgan is a special teenager. He is smart, brave, and possesses a special gift that makes him a target for a covert military agency that wants to imprison him and control his gift.