An Interview with K Daniels
The Reading Cafe is happy to welcome K Daniels our guest today.
She is here today to discuss her new book, A Reason to Run, just recently released, as well as to tell us a little bit about herself.
Hi Karen. Thank you for taking the time to answer some questions today. We are always looking forward to reading about the author behind the book.
TRC: Will you please tell us about yourself?
Karen: Thank you for having me. I live in Houston, Texas, am the mother of three great kids, and in addition to writing novels, I also work for a private investigations firm and freelance as a reporter for our local newspaper.
TRC: Have you always been interested in writing?
Karen: No. In fact, I never dreamed writing a novel was within my grasp. I was an avid reader from childhood through childbirth. It was after having kids that ideas for novels started coming to me. I took my first novel writing class at the age of 30.
TRC: Is there anything (in general) you find particularly challenging about writing?
Karen: Getting started each and every day. Once I get past the first page, I can usually find my zone.
TRC: Can you tell how you came up with the idea of A Reason to Run?
Karen: It started with a newspaper article about a man that missed his flight that later crashed. This was in another country. I kept trying to find more information on why he missed the flight, but everything from that point on was in Portuguese. This planted the seed for the novel and I made up my own reason why he missed the flight.
TRC: Would you please tell us the premise behind A Reason to Run?
REVIEW: A Reason To Run
Karen: A Reason to Run tells the story of three women whose paths cross after each makes the decision to run. A plane crashes in west Texas. Robin’s husband was supposed to be on the plane, but missed his flight. Marissa’s husband should have been camping near the area, but lied about his plans. And Autumn’s teenage daughter witnessed the crashed landing, after running away. With nothing in common except their life-altering problems, the women will have an opportunity to help one another when their paths cross. If they do, they will earn a trait they are lacking to help solve their problems. If they don’t, they will be forever stuck. What they are running from and what they are running to, takes them in directions they never imagined.
Karen: Currently I am working on a novel tentatively titled: The Decision. The story revolves around the lives of a therapist and one of her patients. Each is facing a decision they must make in the next thirty days - a decision they cannot hide from.
TRC: What is your writing process? Do you like to write at specific times, in a special place?
Karen: I prefer to write in the morning. Creatively I seem to be more open to ideas at this time. And I prefer to edit in the afternoon, away from my desk, in my backyard if the weather is not hot and sticky. (Did I mention that I live in Houston?)
TRC: What else about your book might pique reader’s interest?
Karen: I love storytelling and suspense. My book blends plot and character development evenly. Although I don’t write mysteries, there is something to figure out, a question that needs an answer, a problem that needs to be solved. The reader is usually one step ahead of the main characters.
TRC: Would you like to add anything else?
Karen: My first novel, Three Days in Purgatory, is also women's fiction suspense, and answers the question: Do we every learn if the mistakes we make have purpose.
Favorite Food: Anything Italian
Favorite Dessert: Tiramisu
Favorite Author: Alice Hoffman
Favorite Novel: Room
Favorite Movie: Field of Dreams
Milk or Dark Chocolate: Dark
Thank you Karen, for answering our questions. The Reading Café wishes you the best of luck with A Reason to Run.
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Karen has graciously offered to give a member of The Reading Café a chance to win an e-copy of her book, A Reason to Run.
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3. Giveaway open to Internationally.
4. Contest runs from January 30th – February 3rd..