Interview with Karen Jung

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I read a lot. I read novels, shorts, books about writing, painting, design - the list is endless. The book I'm reading at the moment is 'How Fiction Works' by James Wood. It's a great book that gives a very interesting insight into the subject. It is certainly a source of inspiration for me as well.
I paint and draw. I love painting acrylic abstracts. However, I discovered ink and markers about a year ago and have done quite a few drawings in that respect since, which I've started to offer online in June 2014 as well.
Just live a normal life and spend time with people who are close to me.
Describe your desk
Haha, I do not have a desk. I write sitting on my sofa with my laptop and a cup of coffee. I like to be comfortable when I am writing. An alternative is always my favourite café, where I spend several hours at times watching people and writing.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I own a Kindle Fire HD and use the Kindle app on my laptop and my smartphone as well, but I mainly use my Kindle. I take it almost everywhere I go.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is when I have an epiphany moment, i.e. when I have figured something out. It is the joy of seeing all the parts of the story fall into place.
What are you working on next?
I am working on the German translation of Public Criminal, the second book in the Red Shorts Series. I am also editing a story I wrote two years ago. I was not too happy with a couple of things in the story, but I think I will have my epiphany moments, which make the editing process all worthwhile.
What is your writing process?
The starting point can be anything. It can be a title, the image of a scene, an event I want to describe in the story or an idea for a main character. I do not like plotting it all out or write down character traits by the pageful. It is great to know early on in which direction things will progress, but if I do not know, I just let the story and the characters take me on a journey. I prefer the latter. It is far more exciting. I usually have the dialogue down after the first draft and only make minor changes during the editing process. I create the individual scenes after that. Once I have the structure of the story down I start editing until I am happy with the result. I always ask my partner, friends and family to read my stories. It is important to get their feedback (they are really good at it too!).
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do not remember the first story I ever wrote, but I can tell you about the the first one I remember. I had to write a story for school. I do not remember if we were supposed to write a fairy tale or if mine just turned out to be one. I do not remember the specifics of the story either, but I do remember that I received an A for it. My teacher said the twist at the end made it stand out.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Coffee. It is true. I love coffee and once I have imagined the smell of a freshly made cup of coffee, I cannot stay in bed much longer.
Published 2014-06-14.
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Books by This Author

Polaritäten - Eine Kurzgeschichte (Red Shorts Series)
Series: Red Shorts Series, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,510. Language: German. Published: June 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Peter is puzzled. How did he get into this situation? How can he get out of it? His road trip with Lisa leads him and the strange girl towards an unforeseen destination. --- Peter ist verwirrt. Wie ist er nur in diese Situation gekommen? Aber wichtiger noch, wie kann er ihr wieder entkommen? Die Autofahrt mit Lisa bringt ihn und das seltsame Mädchen an ein unvorhergesehenes Ziel.