Interview with Karena Marie

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec Canada, and I firmly believe living in this amazing, sexy and exciting city provides me with the perfect setting for my books!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I love the freedom to write without having to adhere to strict guidelines and storylines that many publishers require. Indie books are amazing as they are unique as the author, not the publisher is in control of what is released. I am able to discuss my writing with readers, and their input, advise and suggestions has been invaluable in helping me decide which direction a story or series takes.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords allows me to distribute to all major Ebook retailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo & Sony, to name a few. Also, since Smashwords allows authors to receive the highest royalties, I am able to offer readers discounted prices if they buy directly via the Smashwords site. I have Promo Codes for 50% off my books on my bookstore site - thehappyspinster.com .
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love getting lost in my characters and time flies by as I write their stories. Hearing from readers on how much they enjoy my writing is the best! I listen to what readers say and try to incorporate their input in my series.
What are you working on next?
I am about to release the last two books in The Happy Spinster Series. I have started writing a second series, Montreal Escort, which discusses the private and professional lives of five very different women. I have also just started another story where Emerald meets a German biker, Lukas, visiting Montreal. Despite living in different countries and a man that does not want Emerald to be with another man, they fight to be together.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Creating new characters and writing series where I never know what is going to happen!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love sports! I watch hockey, baseball and auto racing. In the summer I love being in my garden, or out riding my Harley.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Reviews and word of mouth. I love reading what and why other readers love, or not, read certain books. Reviews are the best way to discover new authors and a great way for a reader to let people know how much they love a book!
What is your writing process?
I love to write late at night. I put on a pot of coffee, get a stack of CDs ready, and spend hours typing away with no chance to be interrupted!
What do you read for pleasure?
Currently, I am on a streak of reading Indie Thrillers! I can never tell which way the story is going to go, as Indie publishing does not follow a Big Publishing House 'Formula'!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kobo Arc. I love it! I had no idea when I ordered it that it is actually a tablet! I have downloaded many apps, and while reading I can get the scores from my favourite sport games in progress and be alerted to new emails.
Describe your desk
I use my drafting table. I have set it so it is level, but I have 3x4' of space! I have my laptop in the middle, and surrounding it and hanging are all the tools I need. I bought a special support seat/backrest for my stool which has heat and massage. My feet can either be on the footrest or up on a box topped with a soft pillow so I can stretch out while in a marathon writing spree!
Published 2014-03-02.
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Books by This Author

Lukas
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 33,590. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Suspense/Mystery, Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Karly has been waiting for a man like Lukas to come along. Then, one day, this 6'6, 280 lbs of pure muscle, hunk of a man, literally, walks into her life. Lukas, along with Wolf, are visiting from Germany and are in town to meet Mitchell, the president of the local bike gang. Mitchell, despite being married, also wants Karly.
Montreal Escort
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 24,990. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » Couples Erotica
(4.00 from 1 review)
This erotic story revolves around three escorts, Shannon, Kat and Vee, in their 20s, 30s & 40s. They are great friends that lean on each other while dealing with their professional and personal lives. Three very different women, with one thing in common. They are all high paid escorts living and working in Montreal. If only the walls could talk…but they do in Karena Marie’s New Erotica
The Happy Spinster - Tawny's Trilogy
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,450. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
(5.00 from 1 review)
Tawny, aka The Happy Spinster, now has her first three adventures together in one collection! Tawny's Trilogy includes The Happy Spinster, The Date & The Choice. Read three of Karena Marie's popular books together in one volume!
The Choice
Series: The Happy Spinster, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,590. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » Westerns/Cowboys
(5.00 from 1 review)
A Happy Spinster Series Story Featuring Tawny! Tawny returns in her third book of the popular Happy Spinster Series! While everything was going great with the new partner she met in The Date, Tawny faces some challenges as the relationship progresses. After a misunderstanding, someone from her past re-appears in her life! Will Tawny take a second chance at love?
The Date
Series: The Happy Spinster, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,780. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica
(5.00 from 1 review)
Tawny, aka The Happy Spinster, returns! Although she is still wondering what is going to happen with her cowboy, her best friend, Teresa, convinces her that maybe she better release all her 'pent up energy' before she completely loses it! However, Tawny is not yet ready to be with another man. Being the curious lady that she is, she considers finding another woman to satisfy her needs.
The Barmaid
Series: The Happy Spinster, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 23,640. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » General, Fiction » Erotica » Couples Erotica
(4.80 from 5 reviews)
When Annie, a beautiful Montreal barmaid catches her long time boyfriend with another woman, what else can she do but kick the lying jerk to the curb and start again. After setting her sights on her handsome co-worker Ray, will a scorching, sex filled one night stand reawaken her libidinous desires? Will she give her ex a second chance or will she ultimately wind up in the rugged arms of Ray?
The Happy Spinster
Series: The Happy Spinster, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,250. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » Westerns/Cowboys
(4.43 from 7 reviews)
She’s smart, she’s sassy and she’s sexy as hell - meet Tawny, aka “The Happy Spinster,” an auburn haired siren whose seductive style has set many a male heart racing in old Montreal. While at her local one Friday night, she meets Troy, a Texas cowboy whose smouldering good looks immediately ignite Tawny’s sexual craving. With a mutual attraction between them and a burning carnal desire within them