Interview with Karen Michelle Nutt

If you were a book, what would your blurb be?
Common sense tells Karen Michelle Nutt that influencing the past is impossible, but she does her best when time traveling to another century, bringing soul mates together. When she’s not changing the past, she spends her day with shape-shifters and vampires, encouraging them to embrace their destinies with a wee bit of magic.

On another plane of existence, Ms. Nutt lives with her husband and is enjoying her happily-ever-after, while her three children keep this realm fascinating with work and college-day dilemmas. Her pets—four dogs and three cats are always there to join in on the fun.

As to what the future may bring, the tale is still being woven into the tapestry of time.
Every writer has a distinctive ‘voice’- what would be your voice’s tagline?
Time Travel, Magic and Otherworldly Romances ... embrace your destiny and enter my world!
Do you have a favorite book on writing? If so, which one and why?
Out of all the books I have stacked on the shelves of my bookcase, there is only two I keep on my desk. A must have for romance writers are these books: The Romance Writers’ Phrase Book by Jean Kent, and the Millennium Phrase Book by Rebecca Andrews. There are descriptive phrases or tags to help you find the right word to give your imagination a jolt.
Do you set goals each for what you want to accomplish each day? Word count? Pages?
Alas, I have tried to set a goal, but my muse rebels when I try to demand a word count for the day. I may write 6k one day and maybe only 2k on another day. If I’m given a deadline, I tend to procrastinate to the very end. I guess my muse likes to work under pressure.
What kind of character archetypes do you tend to favor for your stories?
One character I tend to favor is the alpha hero, where they’re born to lead and are tough, decisive and may be a bit overbearing and inflexible, but still have a lovable side.

I also like the tortured, secretive, brooding, and unforgiving hero. He’s also vulnerable and a bit of a loner, but also creative.

For the heroine: I like a “take charge” female, who is goal oriented. She’s the boss.

I also like the battle-ready heroine. She isn’t a shrinking violet or a damsel in distress. A headstrong heroine is great for standing toe to toe with the alpha hero or next to him in a battle.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
I’m able to enter another realm, create a world where anything can happen.
What is your greatest writing challenge and how do you deal with it?
Time. Like most who love to write, I also have a day job and a family. Writing is whenever I can squeeze in the time to sit down. Luckily, Mondays are my day off and I dedicate my serious writing to that day. I tend to write better in the early morning. By the end of the day my muse and I are spent.
What advice have you gotten that you live by?
Don’t sweat the little things. Life is too short. Live each day to the best, laugh a lot and enjoy the people you love. If all else fails, grab a cup of tea, kick up your feet and escape between the pages of a book.
What’s your comfort reads?
Just about any book will do, but I lean toward paranormal romances, historical time travels, but I also like good thriller now and again. My favorite authors I keep going back to: Diana Gabaldon, Tim Powers, Cassandra Clare, Holly Black, J.R. Ward, and Dean Koontz to name a few.
When did you start writing?
As long as I can remember, I’ve loved to write, scribbling down my stories in notebooks. I still have my earlier works, which were mostly westerns and paranormals. My girls have read them and passed them along to their friends, too. I also wrote plays and my fifth grade teacher let my friends and I perform them for the class—quite a thrill for an eleven year old.
After that grilling, how about an easy one. What is coming up for Karen? Is there a WIP’s you want to tell the readers about?
Whew, an easy question. I have a new hunter/vampire tale that will be released at the end of Jan. 2015 with Rebecca J. Vickery Publishing. I'm working on Gideon's tale in the Warriors for the Light series, and I hope to finish a few more projects before the end of the year. Wish me luck!

Here's a link to my full list of Smashwords books:
https://www.smashwords.com/books/search/karen%20michelle%20nutt/
Published 2015-01-05.
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Books by This Author

Lost in the Mist of Time
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 102,850. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Time travel, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Conspiracies, feuds and unexpected violence are commonplace threats, but along the way, Aislinn and Dougray discover a surprise neither one expects: a chance for love even when they're Lost in the Mist of Time.
Creighton Manor
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 102,850. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Time travel, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Will Zachary take the gamble or will the stakes prove too high for him to risk it all and win Gillian's heart?
A Twist of Fate
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 92,960. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Time travel, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Has a twist of fate sent her back in time? This is a question which plagues Arianna Ward when she wakes up to find her memory in fragments, like a long forgotten dream.
The Curse of Tempest Gate
Series: Unbelievable Finds. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 22,920. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Two entities need Clarity to break the curse that binds them but only one will demand her heart.
Rodeo Blues
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 61,290. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Western
A sweet contemporary romance from the author of Wanted and Storm Riders. Tye Casper heads home to win back the heart of the woman he left behind.
Mr. O'Grady's Magic Box
Series: Unbelievable Finds. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 45,040. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
This sweet tale surrounds Aubrey and Ian. They shared a whirlwind romance, but it ended abruptly with no closure. Aubrey's arrival at the inn will give Ian a chance to explain why he left her, but will it be enough for her to forgive him? Can a romance gone wrong be rekindle into something more profound?
Flowers and Fangs (Stake and Dust, Book 2)
Series: Stake and Dust. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,830. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
The Hayeses stake and dust preternatural beings. They do not fall in love with such creatures or so Derek believes until his heart tells him the vampire destined to be staked by one of his siblings, is the only woman for him.
Stake and Dust, Book 1
Series: Stake and Dust. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,510. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Enjoy another Graystone vampire tale full of adventure and romance. Also meet the Hayeses, who are preternatural hunters. Their motto is 'stake and dust' and forget the questions. Though the lines between who should be eliminated and who shouldn't may become blurred when Cassandra Hayes and Tremayne Graystone work together to bring down a sea creature of nightmares.
Love's Eternal Embrace
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,700. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Enjoy a vampire tale in the heart of medieval Ireland where the Dearg-du dwells.
Abraham's UN-DEAD
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,430. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Enjoy this short story starring Bram and Adryanna Graystone from 'Twilight's Eternal Embrace' and Sir Liam Cantwell and Glamis Drui from 'Love's Eternal Embrace'.
Wanted
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 58,370. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Enjoy an old-west love story with a slight paranormal twist.
Twilight's Eternal Embrace
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,470. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Historical » Medieval
The Oiche Sith, the blood drinkers, forged an alliance with the Lathe Sith, a neighboring daywalker clan. For centuries, the Oiche Sith protected the daywalkers from invaders in exchange that once a year, one of their females would wed one of their warriors for the blooding ritual. This was a great honor to be chosen. Unfortunately, the female doesn't survive for long.
Soul Taker
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 97,170. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
A fun romantic paranormal crime novel by the award-winning author, Karen Michelle Nutt. The day is hers. The night is his. But Twilight is theirs.
End of the Road
Series: Rock Star Romance. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 89,800. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
A ghost story with heart and soul... Lars died 23 years ago but when his daughter unearths his journal and can see and hear him, he knows the truth surrounding his death will finally be revealed.
Two Worlds Collided
Series: Rock Star Romance. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 63,770. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Time travel, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Sex, drugs, and rock and roll are a cocktail that is neither glamorous nor pretty for rock star, Bellamy Lovel, but in the dark of night when the shadows threaten to consume him, he finds the one shining light that may guide him home.
Storm Riders
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 25,040. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Time travel, Fiction » Romance » Western
Ace McTavish is visited the day before hanging by a captivating woman who points a knife at his throat then kisses him breathless. After a promise of rescue, Samantha Skelley reluctantly leaves her latest assignment in his jail cell. With her partner, Denny Randeli, she's been sent to 1879 Bodie, California, to keep this man alive. But Ace has his own agenda which severely complicates matters.
Heart of a Warrior
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,470. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Trey Brennan knew he was dying, but he awakes in another realm where the goddess Scáthach wants to teach him to be a warrior. He is sure he’s dreaming, but what did he have to lose? He would train and he would fight. Perhaps his destiny on the Isle of Skye would also change his path in his world.
Destiny's Prerogative
You set the price! Words: 36,250. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
When Dr. Shay McCormick died, there was no white light, no loved one to comfort her. There was a half-man, half-jaguar there to greet her. He’s a descendant of the nagual, a spirit guide. It isn’t her time and he leads her to safety. Shay wants proof shapeshifters exist. Her curiosity leads her into a world of danger and to Gabriel Cruzado.
At the Stroke of Midnight
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 23,450. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
Dean McCloud thinks Tricia is trippin’ when she tells him she’s from the future. However, when Tricia’s predictions start coming true, Dean realizes maybe she’s not a crazy chick after all. Someone murdered him and they have until the Stroke of Midnight on New Years Eve to find out who wants him dead.
Autumn Moon
You set the price! Words: 30,620. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
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Jairec Connelly’s holiday in San Francisco turned into a living nightmare when he’s attacked by a chiang-shih, a Chinese vampire. He has until the end of the Moon Festival to find the elixir or become the white haired demon for all eternity. All he needs to do is convince one stubborn woman she holds the key.