Hi – I’m Karen. Now that I’ve stalked #PitchWars and decided to take the plunge, I figure it's time to Pimp My Bio. (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, feel free to ignore the crazy lady … instead you can read about my nine year old and his Evil Dude Club here).
Before I start, I apologize for the lack of GIFs. I couldn’t figure them out, so they’re just not happening. As my 18 year old likes to remind me on a regular basis, “old people and the internet are funny.” Whatever.
Since I kind of brought it up, I’m on the far side of middle age, and didn’t start writing until my forties. In fact, until that time, I HATED writing. I always believed you were either a creative, writing type or a math nerd. Since I had a thing for logic and numbers, I figured I fell into the latter category. In college, I took Advanced Calculus for fun (true story), and after my kids were born, I spent ten plus years preparing taxes. Now I write stories, and my numbers world all seems like a million years ago. It wasn’t of course, I’m not that old.
Once I did start writing, I couldn’t stop. Since self-publishing my first middle grade novel in 2011, I’ve gone on to publish ten more middle grade and adult titles, both self-published and small press. I've even won a few awards!
|Some of my books...|
I’m now looking to move into the world of traditional publishing and have yet-to-be published middle grade and adult manuscripts ready to go. I spent quite a while trying to figure out which manuscript/genre to enter into Pitch Wars. My middle grade story already did well in two contests this summer, so after reading through the mentors' wish lists, I decided it was time to give my adult manuscript some love. Now I’m excited to share a little bit of my Women’s Fiction/Domestic Drama: A MOTHER’S STAND:
Nobody ever expects to be in the 50% of marriages that end in divorce when they say their “I do’s.” Even more unexpected is to end up as 1 of the 125,000 people in the U.S. waiting for an organ transplant shortly thereafter. However, that’s where Samantha Powell finds herself as she listens to testimony concerning the custody of her only child, nine-year-old Ella. Two years ago, her husband left town, leaving both Samantha and Ella behind. Now he was back and had filed a lawsuit to move Ella several states away, claiming a disabled woman couldn’t possible mother a child. While Samantha and her attorney were ready for the argument with their own experts, they couldn’t have possibly prepared themselves for the confrontation outside of the courthouse — for the gun Samantha’s ex pulled on her, for the ensuing hostage situation, or for the fight she would face to stay alive. Confronted with the possibility of losing her daughter forever, Samantha must prove that a mother’s love for her child is strong enough to overcome even the most harrowing situation.
And now the part where I tell you why you should pick me:
I'm one of those moms who is always telling my kids to dream big, reach for the stars, take the bull by the horns … I could go on and on. At some point in my life, I realized I needed to take my own advice. I also realized I couldn't do it alone. When I wrote my very first novel back in 2009, I hired a writing coach to look over the first few chapters. After all, up until then, my writing had been limited to corporate and client emails. She told me it was horrible. I cried. She also gave me the most amazing advice. Ever since then, I have cherished the kind people who have taken the time to critique my work. I know I have come a long way, and I know I have a long way still to go. But I love to learn, and I know there is no better way to strengthen my story than to partner up with someone who has been where I have been and is now where I want to be.
What you'll get from me as your mentee:
I’m ambitious, enthusiastic, and dedicated to improving my craft. My day job is THIS. Writing is my passion, and I work hard at it. I obsessively check my email, which means I'll never miss one from you. I'm goal oriented, extremely organized (oh yes, there will be Excel spreadsheets involved on my end) and most importantly, I promise to respect and learn. Also, I promise there will be no math problems.
Random things that make me happy:
-My two assistants:
|Skill set includes walking across keyboard in the middle of a scene.|
-Clocks: I love big clocks and I cannot lie.
-Coffee. Tea is okay too, but … coffee.
-HGTV. Specifically, Fixer Upper. In my fantasy world, I'm besties with Chip and Joanna Gaines.
|Channeling my inner Joanna with my #shiplap shirt|
-My family and other people I love … last on the list, but definitely not least.
Thanks for reading and I hope we get to meet soon!
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