It’s my pleasure to welcome Karen White, author of The House on Tradd Street, to Diary of an Eccentric as part of her Pump Up Your Book Promotion tour. Those of you who had a chance to read my review know that I really enjoyed White’s latest book, which mixes romance, mystery, and ghosts in a beautiful Southern setting. Who could ask for more?
I’d like to thank Dorothy Thompson from Pump Up Your Book for arranging an interview with Karen, and I’d like to thank Karen for taking time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions. Thanks!
The House on Tradd Street has a paranormal aspect. What inspired you to write about ghosts? Any personal experiences?
Charleston is so full of history and its past–and its ghosts–that I think it would be very hard to write about the city and not included ghosts. It would be a lot like writing a book set in England and not have British accents!
And, yes, I’ve had a few paranormal brushes in my life which have led me to believe that there just might be something else out there…
I know you have a sequel coming out next year. How many books do you have planned featuring Melanie and Jack?
Right now, I’m only contracted for one sequel, The Girl on Legare Street, which will be published in November 2009. I’m hoping that the books will sell well enough for my publisher to ask for more because I love Melanie and Jack and I’m just not ready yet to say goodbye to them!
How long did it take to write The House on Tradd Street? How much time do you spend each day writing?
It took me about six months to write The House on Tradd Street. I prefer to have at least a minimum of nine months, but I had a contract and a deadline to honor–both of which are great motivators!
As far as how much time I spend each day writing–it depends! I’m the mother of two active children so I have to work my writing schedule around their days. I spend a lot of time sitting in the car with my laptop while waiting at the horse barn, football field, and in the carpool line! Basically, I write whenever I have down time.
There’s a steering wheel in front of me. (see above answer) I have two places I like to write: my beautiful screened-in porch that overlooks the trees and hills of my back yard view, and when the weather is too cold or wet, I have a sitting room with a chair by the fire that I like to write in. I have a study, but I rarely use it to write–it’s more for the business side of writing like emails, Facebook, fan mail replies, etc.
What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
Read! It’s still my favorite thing to do even though I don’t have as much time to read anymore. I’m listening to books on CD now in my car which is a wonderful way to ‘read’ the books I don’t have time to sit down and read anymore.
What is your favorite ghost story?
Hands-down, the movie THE SIXTH SENSE! A close second would be THE OTHERS. I was spooked and then completely taken by surprise by the endings of both these films. Highly recommended!
Thanks, Karen, for taking the time to answer my questions!
Thank you for having me!
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