Karen Fenech Interview

I am delighted to be speaking with Karen Fenech today. Thanks for chatting with us today Karen and welcome to FAR!
Thanks so much, Tammy.

Letís start with you telling us a little about yourself.
Tell a little about myself. . . um. . . let's see. I'm married and have one daughter. When I'm not spending time with my family, I'm usually at my computer where I write contemporary and historical romantic suspense. . . That's about it. I lead a pretty uneventful life.

Can you tell us about your upcoming release, Betrayal?
Betrayal was recently made available for pre-order, but the actual release month is this November. It's romantic suspense, and set in a time period that I find fascinating - Medieval Times. Here's the summary from the book jacket:

To save her son and people from a deadly enemy, Lady Katherine Stanfield marries her former betrothed, a man she'd betrayed but has never stopped loving. Katherine has not revealed her reason for the betrayal, and now, five years later, believes her secret is safe. But someone won' t let the past rest. Someone with a secret of his own. Now she must stop that "someone" because he wants Katherine and her new husband dead.

If anyone would like to read Chapter One, it's posted on the "BOOKS" page of my website. The link to the page is: www.karenfenech.com

You also have two short stories coming out soon, Secrets and The Plan. What can you tell us about these stories?
SECRETS was just released. The premise for this story is: Everyone has secrets. Some are good. Some are bad. Some are deadly. The story is about a married woman who has a one-night affair with a man and learns after that he is a murderer.

THE PLAN is a re-issue. It was originally published in a print magazine. An opportunity arose to re-issue the story and I was glad to make it available again.
In the story, a woman deceives the police into thinking her husband has abandoned her and their unborn child as part of a plan to steal three million dollars.

THE PLAN will be available in October. As with BETRAYAL, excerpts of these short stories are posted on my site at the above link.

Whatís the oddest, but useful, piece of advice your mother ever gave you?
Hmm. My mother knows a lot of proverbs that were passed down to her from her mother. She seems to have one to suit every occasion. One that comes to mind is: The farmer knows that whatever crops he doesn't sell at market, he'll feed to his animals. I think the message there is that nothing is ever wasted. Maybe that can be applied to writing too. No piece of writing is ever wasted even if it isn't sold, because it feeds our creativity and hones our skills.

If you werenít writing what would you be doing?
I love books and had considered opening up a bookstore.

Of all the characters you have created, which one is most like you?
Which character is most like me? That's a loaded question. I think I can identify with Katherine, my heroine from BETRAYAL She does what needs to be done and I'm a lot like that. I just don't take "no" for an answer.

What would you consider your most interesting quirk?
I went to my husband with this one. Right away, he said that when I'm seated, I often balance my legs on the tips of my toes, rather than sitting flat-footed. I'm unaware of doing that, but he's pointed it out to me enough for me to know I definitely do that.

I think, though, what you're asking is about a quirk in my character. Though I'm sure there are many , the oddest one I'd say is that I love to be awake at night. When my schedule permits, I happily stay up all night, then have breakfast with my family, and once they leave the house in the morning, I sleep the day away.

When writing historical romance, what is more important to you as a writer - the character relationships, or providing historical accuracy?
Both are very important. I want my characters to be people of their time, but that wouldn't be achieved without preserving historical accuracy.

Is there anything else you would like to share with your readers today?
One of the great parts of my day is reading e-mail from readers. I'd like to say "thank you" to them for keeping in touch.

Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer some questions for us today Karen! Readers can learn more about Karen and her books on her website at www.karenfenech.com

Interviewed by: Tammy