Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Garden Interview with Karen Michelle Nutt

Hello Karen

Welcome. Tell us about you and your books.

What are your current projects? Mermaid Cove and Seaside Sundaes, which will be part of the One Scoop or Two series with The Wild Rose Press. I just signed the contract and have begun edits. So exciting! The legend of the Merrow (Irish mermaid) has always intrigued me. I couldn't resist intertwining the myth about the red cap, the magical essence of the Merrow, with my seaside story of romance and second chances.  

Heart and Soul, my third book in the Paranormal Rock Star Romance series, will be released July 25, but you can pre-order it now for only 99¢. There are ghosts, a mystery, a possible reincarnation and other mayhem involved. (All tales are stand-alone romances.)

In the audio world of books, Two Worlds Collided is in production! It will be released at the end of July 2020.

Do you have set times during the day that you write? I like to write in the morning when everyone is still asleep. I make my cup of coffee and go from there.

Do you have to travel researching your book(s)? With the internet, I don't have to travel to research my material for a book, but it's much more fun if I visit the place I write about in my tales. I took a tour of St. Michans in Dublin, Ireland, where there are mummified bodies beneath the church. This tour inspired my tale, Lost in the Mist of Time. Sometimes, it's just visiting a place that sparks my imagination, and a story begins to form before I head back home. 

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? 
Writers can never live without readers. The novel doesn't only belong to the writer; it belongs to the reader as well. Without the reader, the story is just ink on paper and nothing more. Opening the book, reading those first words, this is where the true magic begins. I love readers! Thank you so much for loving books.

Do you have any advice for other writers?
Be true to yourself. Write every day, even if you don't feel inspired. Sometimes your quick thoughts can blossom into something more.

Do you have a favorite quote?
"Books are an uniquely portable magic." 
 ― Stephen King

I love that quote. It's so true!

What is your favorite drink?  Hot: Almond milk latte with cinnamon steamed in the milk. Cold: Peach Ginger Nectar tea. 

What is your favorite time of year and why? 
Autumn is my favorite time of the year. I love Halloween and like to decorate the house with fall flowers and leaves, along with all the hauntingly fun Halloween decorations.

Have you ever found true love? I've been married for thirty-five years. I believe I have. J

Has the dog ever eaten your manuscript? Not my manuscript, but my daughter's dog decided to eat one of my research books. I still have the book, missing pages, dog slobber and all.  

What did you want to be when you grew up?
A belly dancer. Well, I was about four years old when I announced my career choice to my parents. I really meant I wanted to be a ballerina. My mother had read the book Ballerina Bess by Dorothy Jane Mills to me. See Bess dance. So of course, I wanted to also. 

When I was twelve, my cousins and I planned to start a rock band. We were going to call ourselves the Crystals. I'm not sure how we came up with that name now. My parents lived right behind Knott's Berry Farm (an amusement park in California), where they had the Good Time Theater. We would purchase tickets to see bands and bigtime performers. We were convinced this is where we'd make our big debut. However, our plans for rock stardom never left my parents' garage. 

That's when I decided I wanted to be a writer. 
I started writing down my stories when I was about nine or ten because I thought it was fun. I wrote plays at first. My fifth-grade teacher let my friends and I perform one of them too. It was exciting for a ten-year-old. 

Later, I jotted down stories in notebooks. I still have those early writings. They were written in ink, not on a computer. So' spell-check' wasn't available. I couldn't erase or add words if they were needed. They were definitely rough drafts. Lol My daughters, when they were young, loved those stories and read them over and over again. 

Where can we find you online?

Download Magic of the Loch from Amazon. Also available in print and audio!


Karen Michelle Nutt said...

Thank you so much for hosting my interview. I've enjoyed reading the other author's interviews, too.

I'm so excited. I just received my book cover for Mermaid Cover and Seaside Sundaes!
If you want to take a peek, pop on over to my website:Cover Reveal

GiniRifkin said...

HI Karen: Nice learning more about you. I like that quote too, and your new cover is very adorable. Looks like a fun read, best of luck with the new release.

Karen Michelle Nutt said...

Thank you so much for stopping by. I'm glad you liked the new cover. I'm so happy with it. Thanks for the good wishes, too. :)