Please join me in welcoming Karin Beery to the blog today to chat about her new book, Practically Married!
Karin Beery grew up in a rural Michigan town, where she wrote her first novel in high school. Today, she writes contemporary stories with a healthy dose of romance. When she’s not writing fiction, she’s reading, editing, or teaching it. In her free time, she enjoys watching University of Michigan football and action-adventure movies with her husband and fur babies.
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Guiding Light Women’s Fiction
RELEASE DATE: October 22, 2019
Ashley moves to a new town to marry her fiancé. Instead, she buries him.
Ashley Johnson moves to northern Michigan to finally meet her fiancé face-to-face, but she arrives in time to go to his funeral. With no home back in Ohio, she decides to stay in what would have been their house, except his cousin Russ lives there too, and Russ has never heard of Ashley.
To complicate matters, her fiancé accidentally willed her the family farmhouse. Eager to please everyone and desperate to disappoint no one, she proposes a marriage of convenience that could solve her and Russ’s problems, if they can get past her aunt, his sisters, and an ex-girlfriend.
Hi Karin! Welcome back to the blog!
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Karin: I think I’d like to be able to speak/read any language at any time. That would be amazing!
Carrie: that would be pretty awesome!
Q: If you knew you were only going to be allowed FIVE books for the rest of your life, besides the Bible, which five would make the cut?
Karin: Short Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer, The Husband Tree by Mary Connealy, How To Get Over Your Ex in 90 Days by Jennifer Peel, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (NOT Christian fiction), Stealing Ada by Tamara Leigh.
Carrie: Short Straw Bride & The Husband Tree are two of my forever favorites 🙂
Q: Do you have any strange writing habits/quirks?
Karin: My inner critique/editor is fierce, so I have to shut her up in order to get my first draft written. In order to do that, I actually write with the TV on – either something loud and familiar (Marvel or sci-fi movies that I’ve seen dozens of times) or live sports (football, hockey, baseball, basketball, in that order). I actually wrote a first kiss scene while a jaeger and kaiju fought on my TV (that’s from Pacific Rim, if you’re unfamiliar). When I edit, however, I need either quiet or instrumental music.
Carrie: LOL now i want to know if having that fight scene on in the background made that first kiss scene more intense?
Q: Do you usually have the whole plot outlined before you start writing, or do you let the characters dictate what comes next?
Karin: I’m a character writer, not a plotter, so this is my strategy. First, I create detailed characters—not just their age and appearances, but where they went to high school and college; what they studied/why they studied it; who their family members are and how they get along with each of them; what they want to achieve in life professionally and personally; what their core personality traits are. Then, I decide where I want them to start and where I want them to end up. From there, it’s a matter of figuring out how they would react to different situations so I can manipulate them into having a happily ever after.
Carrie: “manipulate them into having a happily ever after” – haha! I love the way you put that.
Q: What do you most want readers to take away from Practically Married?
Karin: When people read my books, I hope they’re able to escape. There’s enough drama and trauma in the world; I want my books to be a save haven, where the reader can slip away to laugh, relax, and sigh because they know there’s going to be a happy ending (or at least a hopeful one).
Carrie: I love that – yes!
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Karin: I’m actually working on a series (my first!), though each novel should stand on its own. The entire series is inspired by everything around me: three sisters (because I have two sisters); local fundraisers and nonprofits; local businesses; friends. Book one is done (and ready to go to my agent). Book two is a novella; I finished the first draft but need to give it a couple of edits. I just started book three. My goal is to finish the first draft by February.
Carrie: how fun!!
Karin Beery is offering an ebook or print copy to one of my readers! (print copy available to US addresses only) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
What about you? What interests you most about Karin Beery and/or Practically Married?