Karen Mead


Age: 32
Occupation: Former Journalist, now proofreader and freelance writer
Favorite Healthy Snack: Hummus
Favorite Awful-for-you-Snack: Little Debbie's Nutty Bars

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
In elementary school, we would write short stories and read them aloud to the class. I soon came to love this practice, since even though I didn't have a lot of friends, the other kids seemed to like my stories. After a "story day," kids who wouldn't normally talk to me would high-five me and give me pats on the back. It was kind of confusing, because I didn't think the things I wrote were that different from the way I talked normally, but I realized that for some reason, even kids who didn't like me liked my writing. I'd like to say that ignited a passion for writing, but I actually didn't start writing regularly outside of school until much, much later. I'm not sure if it was laziness or contrariness, but despite these early experiences, I more or less ignored the call for a long time. Instead, I became obsessed with learning how to draw comics, and that kept me occupied for quite a while.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Failure! Well, kind of.

I was drawing a webcomic called Sterling for a long time, years in fact, but I could never quite get where I wanted with it. I was always unhappy with my art, and I didn't seem to have the temperament to keep to a regular update schedule. Eventually I started fantasizing about skipping the whole difficult drawing process and just writing down my story. However, I didn't just want to rewrite my comic as a novel; that would be dull. Instead, I was intrigued by the idea of exploring alternate-universe versions of my characters; whereas Sterling was fairly realistic with a slight fantasy twist, The Familiar Series became a proper fantasy story. So Sam, who was a (basically) normal human being who had some dark imagery associated with him in the comic, became a full-on demon in the books, and so on.

Sometimes I feel like I betrayed my original world; that the older version of Sterling is still waiting for me to come back and finish it some day. However, not only does writing seem to suit me far better than comics, but readers have reacted with much more enthusiasm to the books than they ever did to the comic, so I think it was a worthwhile move overall.

However, now that I know I like writing novels, I have ideas for books that weren't originally meant to be something else entirely...err, I mean, I hope I'm capable of writing a book without having to draw a failed webcomic first:).
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Where to find Karen Mead online


One day, Cassie Tremblay became a demon's familiar; basically, it means she has magic, but can't use any of it herself. This is an irritating state of affairs, and she's doing what she can to fix it. It would help if vampires, bats, vampire bats, and snotty politicians in dinner jackets would stop getting in the way....

Succession of Witches

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Random Acts of Sorcery

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Penguin of Fortune
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,230. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Badass bounty hunter Penelope Ripperson is tired of werewolves. What’s so great about them anyway? They’re just like dogs, only not cute. In contrast, Pen’s pudgy bird form is adorable and practical. Penguin of Fortune is spine-tingling, pulse-pounding urban fantasy novella in the hot-female-bounty-hunter-with-magic-and-an-attitude genre, but also completely original because it has penguins in it.
Random Acts of Sorcery
Series: Familiar. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 97,490. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Young love is tough as it is, but it’s much worse when the guy you have a crush on is technically your demonic master. As if Cassie didn’t have enough problems, now the whole entourage has to go to Las Vegas for Sam’s court hearing, which will determine whether he’s officially too dangerous to live; and unfortunately, Sam isn’t the only one playing with time, “playing” being the operative word....
Succession of Witches
Series: Familiar. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 85,430. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
It's not easy being a teenaged witch. Or maybe it is? Cassie wouldn't know, since she's still a demon's familiar. Technically she should be a witch already, and with the next demon court date looming, it's becoming a bigger problem every day. But who has time to meet the prereqs when there's another familiar to snatch, snotty vampires in suits to sort out, and an entire world order to save?
The Problem With Black Magic
Series: Familiar. Price: Free! Words: 75,160. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Cassie Tremblay just wanted to focus on getting into a good college; she didn't want to become a rare magical wellspring that every demon and their uncle wanted for their own. But now that she's become the hottest commodity in the paranormal community, she must quickly learn how to deal with black magic-- and even worse, the politics thereof-- or forfeit her freedom forever.

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angels    bible    comedy    creatures    curses and legends    demons    exodus    familiars    fantasy contemporary    hell    magic    myth    myths and legends    paranormal    parody    penguin    short    short comical storytelling    sorcery    spells    vampires    were creatures    werewolf    witch    witchcraft    witches