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Author spotlight: Karen Deen

4 December 2018

We’re featuring a wide range of Australian authors participating in ARR2019 next year in venues across Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. 

Today we’re having Elevenses with Karen Deen, author of 3 romances in the genre of contemporary romance. She will be attending ARR2019 in Sydney.

When did you first realise you wanted to be an author?

I’ve always loved reading the fairy tale and a happily ever after story but never dreamed I’d write one. In my thirties I started to dream of writing. I finally took the leap when life told me to step back and take some time for me. My words were “If I do one thing this year, I’m going to write that book I’ve been dreaming about.” Best decision ever.

Why romance and not a different genre?

Growing up I always loved Disney princesses and love stories in books and movies. It made sense to write what I love to read.

What was the first romance you read and why did you love it?

The first adult romance books I read were by Danielle Steele. I don’t remember the first book, but I remember the first one with a racy scene being Thurston House.(The blushing teenager is now reading a lot hotter books, ha ha).

What is the single most important characteristic for an aspiring author wanting to be a published writer?

Write for yourself firstly. If others enjoy your words, it’s an amazing bonus you can be grateful for. The rest will fall into place with time and patience. But if writing for yourself makes you happy then you are already winning in life.

What is your favourite part of creating a story?

Giving your characters a happy ending—I could never write a book that didn’t end happy ever after. It would break my romantic heart. I can’t read sad stories unless they have a happy ending, so I certainly couldn’t write one.

What is your best tip for fighting writer’s block/ writer’s fear?

Keep trying to write small amounts to push through it. My greatest help, though, is to talk to one of my best friends who has been my beta reader from the beginning. Boosts my confidence and kicks me to get moving. Couldn’t do it without her.

Pick a favourite (bold your preference)

  • series or stand-alone?
  • ebook, paperback or hardcover?
  • first person or third?

Who has been an inspiration to you, in life or your writing career?

In life, my Mum without a doubt. In my writing I’ve been blessed to find a friend in TL Swan who has helped me along the way and believed in me even if I didn’t. She is a favourite author who became so much more. I’m grateful for her guidance and encouragement.

Tell us about your latest release in 100 words or less. 

Love’s Hiding is a standalone in a family series.

Luke is the playboy in the family, the joker never taken seriously. Zoe works for his family company. She’s off limits under company policy. At their first meeting there’s an instant chemistry he tries to ignore. Something keeps playing at him though, a familiarity with Zoe. He just can’t work out what. Zoe’s life plan doesn’t involve a relationship. Hiding her past is her main aim while continuing to build her future. She pushes Luke away in a fear he will destroy that future, but he won’t give up. Will they ever find their HEA?

What else will you be working on in 2019?

2019 will see the release of the last two books in the series—Love’s Fun (Feb 19) and Love’s Hot (July 19). Then I’ll start on some of the many standalone stories in my head.

Please recommend an Aussie romance you read recently.

Gym Junkie by TL Swan. Love her reads; they are always hard to put down. I would start with the Stanton series first if she is a new author to you.

If you haven’t booked your ticket for ARR2019 yet, you can buy one here.

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