Interview with Karen C. Webb

What's the story behind your latest book?
For the last two years, I've been working on a story called The Wishing Well. The idea came from Elton John's song: I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues. The song begins with the line: Don't wish it away. The line stuck in my head until the book was born. Daven, (the main character) is faced with a life decision: to save thousands of lives, he must take back his wish, or...wish it away.
The Wishing Well is due out shortly in ebook form.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King. Not just for his incredible stories, but the style of writing. Within one chapter, you're drawn so into the story, you know the characters so well, it's impossible to put down.
Michael Crighton...
Lincoln Child
Louis Lamour
Dean Koontz
I like the weird and different, but also well written.
What is your writing process?
I get an idea and let the characters evolve as I write the story. I usually only have a vague idea of what will happen. I clear my mind and let the story flow. It's very enjoyable finding out what happens in the story along the way.
What are you working on next?
I just finished WIND DANCER. A young adult story of a young girl and her wayward horse. Hallie and her horse, Dancer, must beat the odds and race on to victory. Though it is billed as young adult, this book could be of interest to anyone who enjoys action and suspense. I'm currently working on a sequel to Wind Dancer, called On the wings of a Dove.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Being a person who has always loved horses, I remember My Friend Flicka really well. It touched my emotions, it made me cry, first in sadness, then with joy. I stayed up until 3 am to finish it, even though I had school the next day.That's what good writing is all about, bringing the reader into the story until they can't put the book down.
How do you approach cover design?
I personally enjoy it when a cover has a person on it, or a scene that relates to the story. My book Rising Star, I still look at the cover and see Selena on the cover. It still brings me happiness, whenever I see the cover. I've read other books where I feel the same. Anytime I see the cover, I immediately picture the character from the story and I want to read the book again.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Timeline by Michael Crighton. I love any book with time travel, especially when it's so well written. Mix in a little romance, and a lot of action/adventure, and it's worth adding to my collection.
Riptide by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. Amazing story of pirates and treasure, but in a present day setting. You'll never guess the ending, only way to get there is to read it.
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. A timeless classic that I've read sooo many times. Anna Sewell herself has an interesting life story and it took her six years to complete the book.
The Bible. Looking for a good romance? Action/adventure? War? Or maybe a good miracle? It's all in there, plus much, much more.
The works of Robert Frost. Not just his poems, which are amazing enough. But how he could make an entire story in one paragraph is nothing short of genius.
What do you read for pleasure?
Everything. I'm not too interested in sci-fi, but anything else, if you can write it, I'll read it. I especially love reading anything different, where the author steps outside the ordinary and tries something new. I get reading withdrawals if I'm not in the middle of a good book, which leads to reading billboards, back of cereal boxes, my shopping lists and junk mail.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use several different ones, because sometimes you find a good book on one device, but not the other. For me, it's not about the format, but about enjoying a good story.
Describe your desk
My desk is perfectly clean and organized, still new and unused. I prefer a laptop because I write wherever I happen to be, even if I'm in front of the TV, or with people talking to me. Once I'm into the story, you can't drag me away. I've even written part of a story in notebooks, scribbling away in a left-handed scrawl, then transferring it to my laptop when time permits. Maybe someday I'll sit down at that desk in a quiet environment and write something, but I wouldn't bet the ranch.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the hills of North Carolina. Yes, that's right, a hillbilly. I learned early on that folks make do with what they have. If something breaks, you learn to fix it, or do without. There are no repairmen just a phone call away. This can-do attitude is what led me to believe I can accomplish anything I want in life, as long as I'm willing to work hard for it.
When did you first start writing?
When I learned how to form words into sentences. Growing up, I had notebooks filled with my childish stories, journals and diaries. I always had the dream of writing a great novel, but I never tried to publish anything. I've always thought a great novel is a nice legacy, something that will carry on, long after I'm gone.
Published 2017-10-29.
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Books by This Author

The Wishing Well
Price: Free! Words: 42,060. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller & Suspense, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
An old well on a mysterious island. A penny thrown in memory of a lost mother. Sometimes, wishes do come true. But at what cost? Daven lost his mother to the Coast Guard the year before, but when a chance wish brings her back, he could never have guessed the chain of events he’d unleashed.
Wind Dancer
Price: Free! Words: 55,710. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Finally, Hallie Grant was getting a horse of her own. Dancer was a scruffy white mare with a bad attitude, but she was fast, really fast. Unable to control the half Arabian mare on the trail, Hallie takes her to her uncle’s horse racing farm, where she can ride her on his tra
Price: Free! Words: 9,580. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
A collection of poems and flash fiction stories, with commentary by the author.
A Pirate's Bounty
Price: Free! Words: 15,470. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures, Fiction » Horror » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
Banks and his cellmates are removed from Newgate prison and placed aboard a ship bound for the Indies. After deciding to mutiny, their plans are soon interrupted when real pirates board the ship. Banks and his mates are set off on a lonely island and must do their best to survive. A graphic short story.
As Jericho Falls
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,840. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
A secret lies hidden in the town of Jericho Falls, North Carolina. A naked teenage boy, locked in a cage for eight years. Lauren discovers Jeremy by accident and befriends the wild boy. She brings him treats, she teaches him to read, all the while falling deeply in love with him. But, as Jericho falls, Lauren soon learns more of the secrets the mountains are hiding.
Out of the Darkness
Price: Free! Words: 9,970. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
A group of poems based on the last several years of the author's life. A mixture of dark and humorous poems.
Dream Of Echoes
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 55,660. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Romance » Historical
John Baker had given up on life and was ready to end it all. He decides to jump from a bridge in Oregon, just as the time change happens. Fall back in the fall, that's his idea. But, he wakes up instead in a wagon on the Oregon Trail in 1847. A wagon owned by a petite, lovely beauty named Kate. When the two of them are left behind by the wagon train, they must learn to survive in the wilderness.
Rising Star
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 50,870. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Selena Summers didn't want to be a movie star. But, when she goes with her friend, Beth to be extras in a movie near Santa Fe, she is quickly noticed by the director. She's also noticed by Matthew Mason, the star of the movie. As a romance blooms with Matt, she finds herself in unwanted acting and modeling roles, while she struggles to make her own dream come true, of becoming a published author.