Kat Karpenko


Kat Karpenko has had a varied writing career in technical writing, journalism, short stories. This, her first novel, originally started as a short story but with encouragement from her Mazatlan writer's group she expanded the concept to a two-part historical fiction. Born in Windsor, Ontario, she has also lived in Edmonton, Alberta, Bristol plus London, England, and Melbourne, Australia. However, she has spent most of her life in Nova Scotia where she worked in various administrative capacities at Dalhousie University in Halifax. Now retired, she divides her time between Mazatlán, Mexico and Canada.

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
I start with an event that stimulates my imagination. In "Emma's Ghost" it was the resident of Mahone Bay telling me about finding love letters in the wall of his old home while doing a renovation–great plot line for a story. Then I develop interesting characters in a period setting incorporating the history of the place and times. In the case of "Emma's Ghost", the developed characters started guiding me through the story line as my imagination asked "now what would Emma or Laura do?" and "how can I bring the threads of both stories together?' It becomes a puzzle where the pieces all have to fit into a conclusion you are satisfied with.
How do you approach cover design?
I was lucky to find a creative cover designer on Upworks.com. I knew the images I wanted on the book and saw an imaginative cover he had created that could be adapted for mine. His cover had the merged faces of a wolf and a dog. We changed this to the merged faces of my two main characters, Laura and Emma, with a background of the Halifax Explosion. It all worked very well. So, I guess you need to form an idea of the strong points of your story and combine them with a creative design, always asking "what will grab the reader's attention".
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Emma's Ghost
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,570. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Canada, Fiction » Romance » Adult
In Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, Laura discovers love letters dated 1918, in her deceased grandmother’s house. Visitations by the resident spirit drive her to write the story of the lovers, Emma and Andrew, who met in Halifax after the largest man-made explosion in history before Hiroshima. What happened to them and Laura has unexpected resolutions in an action-packed, historical tale.

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