Interview with Karen Teagarden

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh yes, it was really bad. Of course it involved my friends and I as the main characters and my childhood crush as my love interest. There was zero plot and nobody read it, but it was awfully fun to write! No, I won't be publishing it here!
How do you approach cover design?
Graphic design is not my forte, but I've made some very pretty covers using online programs. I like a simple but elegant cover showing a pattern or landscape. I don't like people on the cover, because I want the reader to decide for themselves what the characters look like.
What is your writing process?
It's super boring. I just start from the beginning and write to the end. Sometimes I change details along the way, which I fix later. I don't outline or anything like that, though I sometimes write down notes about the characters and/or plot. That being said, I enjoy writing and I'm always sad when my stories come to an end.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. Douglas Adams - The Ultimate Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy

It is really off the wall and hilarious. Even people not into sci-fi would love it. It's much better than the movie.

2. Altar Ego - Kathy Lette

This is a really funny novel too. It reminds me of the movie 'Bridesmaids'.

3. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry

Very serious and extremely well written story. Great characters in an exotic, but at the same time, familiar setting. The author describes the characters so well, they feel like family. This is the kind of book I aspire to write.

4. 5 Editors Tackle the 12 Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writing - C.S. Lakin

Oh where was the this book twenty years ago? I'd be on the bestseller list by now (haha). Great book on editing. I swear, I had to read at least a dozen books on writing to get all the information in just this one volume. A must have for any writer's bookshelf.

5. Crime & Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

A classic. Super depressing but super good at the same time.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read all kinds of books, but my favorites are self-help, new age, and books on writing.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle with special offers (aka. ads). It's light, fast & easy to read. I think I charge it once a month at the most. The ads are very low key and not intrusive at all, so it's worth saving the twenty dollars for. All in all I highly recommend it.
Describe your desk
I don't have a desk. I write wherever is the most convenient and comfortable.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in various places in New England. I don't know how it influenced my writing but I wrote one story set in a fictional town similar to my hometown. It's a great place to visit, live and write about.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever read was 'Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs'. This particular version was closer to the Grimm's fairy tale than Disney. It freaked me out when the Evil Queen ordered the Huntsman to cut out Snow White's heart. I was having nightmares about that for days!
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was twelve. An idea just came to me one day and I had to get it down on paper. That's when this wonderful adventure began.
Published 2016-01-25.
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Books by This Author

A Private Place
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 57,920. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller & Suspense, Fiction » Coming of age
Abbie Hart feels like a fish out of water when she arrives at Miss Katherine's School for Girls. She soon finds herself in a sticky situation when she discovers she is sharing a room with two stepsisters who vehemently despise each other. Will Abbie escape being in the middle of a murderous rivalry that puts her life in danger or will her roommates' final confrontation also destroy her?
What They Left Behind
Price: Free! Words: 121,090. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas
Ben and Gennie Perrin, orphaned twins, are abused and abandoned by their brother. Luckily, they are adopted by a young couple and raised in San Francisco. Years later, while trying to bring their parents to California, they uncover something so unexpected it turns their world upside down. Will they reconcile with their past or will it leave them shattered like their city after the earthquake?
In The Name Of Love
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 116,570. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Franz and Caitlin, both employees of a bloodthirsty steel tycoon, manage to escape his clutches. Once in America, Franz is overcome by his guilt and his own demons lurking inside of him, while Caitlin successfully starts a new life but yearns for something more. Little do they know that an innocent young man could destroy the life they carefully built together.