Wednesday, September 12, 2012

KAREN KELLEY—TRIUMPH AFTER SIX LONG YEARS OF WORK






My guest is best selling romance author, Karen Kelley. She writes sexy, quirky romances and paranormal romance.

Karen shares a bit about her road to publication and her tears and triumphs along the way.

Thanks for inviting me for coffee. I have to admit I’m hooked on Caf√© Mocha. I didn’t always drink coffee, but late nights and deadlines had me reaching toward something that would keep me awake and semi alert.

You asked me to share the laughter and the tears, the glitches and triumphs. That would be a book in itself! But I wouldn’t want to do anything else. It took me 6 years of hard work and a wonderful group of friends before I sold my first book. I talked my husband into mailing it because I couldn’t face the looks of pity from the postal workers. That was on Tuesday. On Thursday morning Hilary Sares from Kensington called to make an offer. Yes, it can happen that fast.

I dedicated the book to my mom and dad. My dad had passed away the year before from cancer and my mother’s health wasn’t good. I quit work, brought my mother to live with my husband, and me and stayed at home to take care of her. Those were lean times living on one income, but I would do it all over again because every time I lifted my mother from the bed to her wheelchair I felt the warmth of her arms around me. She told me stories I’d never heard and we laughed and we cried and we bonded like I never could have imagined.

She was so excited when I sold, and again when Kensington sent me a big mock up of the cover, and so proud when I told her I’d dedicated it to her and daddy, then I read her the dedication. I guess I knew she wouldn’t ever hold the book in her hands and I wanted her to know just how much I loved her. She passed in May; my first book was released in August.

I wrote 19 books for Kensington, one for Berkley and then I found Sourcebooks and I continue to write my quirky romances, even more sexy than my earlier ones.

Where There’s a Will is the second book in my brand new series. Haley lives her day to day dreary life until she’s stood up by a coworker. That night she cries herself to sleep and prays for a miracle.  The next morning a handsome nephilim (half angel/half man) rings her doorbell and promises to give her the miracle she’s been waiting for. Ryder rings more than her doorbell.

If you’ve ever felt like you were on the outside looking in or someone made you feel inferior, then you might enjoy Where There’s A Will. It’s a story about discovery and love and it’s very sexy and a little funny, too!

Who wouldn’t want an immortal on her doorstep promising to make all her dreams come true? 


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Her Fantasies Were Wild But Buried Deep...

Haley Tillman words hard at being a good girl, hiding her rich fantasy life in the pages of her diary. But being good doesn’t seem to get her anywhere with men, and her confidence is on a downward spiral. She's ready to try something altogether different, but hasn't a clue where to start. In a moment of desperation, she prays for a miracle...

He Might Take Her Beyond Them...

Ryder is the perfect combination of powerful angel plus normal hot–blooded man. Crossing into the mortal world could cost him his existence. But mortals are like a potent drug to Ryder, and Hayley is quickly becoming his drug of choice... excerpt




Currently Karen writes for Sourcebooks and the Brava Imprint with Kensington Publishing and has the fabulous Kate Duffy for an editor. Karen writes full-time, and collects junk which she fondly calls antiques. Her husband can still be talked into mailing her manuscripts and also helping with her publicity. She has two grown children, one son-in-law and four grandchildren and a very spoiled Pekinese. She loves sitting on the patio on a warm spring day and procrastinating about her approaching deadline. 

You can find Karen: Facebook, Goodreads, Website








21 comments:

~Sia McKye~ said...

Karen, welcome to Over Coffee. I have a nice comfy chair for you, wi-fi connection, and plenty of coffee.

I'm looking forward to reading this one. Sounds fun.

Suze said...

'I talked my husband into mailing it because I couldn’t face the looks of pity from the postal workers.'

This makes my heart swell! I am SO thrilled that publication has become yours, sweet girl! And I love that smiling pic of you by the tree.

Thanks, Sia, for these wonderful profiles.

Johanna Garth said...

Six years! What a labor of love.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's wonderful you got to share that time with your mother.

Clarissa Draper said...

What a story! I'm glad your husband mailed your book and I'm glad you had such a success with your books.

nutschell said...

How wonderful that your mom got to hear your dedication. I'm sure she was very proud of you.

Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

kmckendry said...

Great post. I love how your relationship with your mom just got stronger once she moved in.

readwriteandedit said...

Karen, you've covered the laughter and the tears. Congrats on having experienced the best that life offers. Thanks, too, for bringing joy to your readers.

John Philipp said...

An excellent example of sticking to it. Congratulations, Karen.

Susan Roebuck said...

Congratulations, Karen, you're doing so well with fabulous publishers. I love that you had that precious time with your mother.

Brinda said...

I loved reading this story of the path to publication. You've made me think I need to take time to call my folks tonight! And that book cover is smokin' hot.

Kat Sheridan said...

Congrats on sticking to it and enjoying such a lovely, successful career! The book sounds like lots of fun!

Dana Fredsti said...

Maybe I'm just already a bit emotional today, but your post made me cry a bit. In a good way, but dang... :-) Congrats on well earned success!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I had a comment and then I saw the guy on the cover and all thought vanished. :)

Thanks for sharing your journey with us, Karen.

Karen Kelley said...

Hi Everyone, Sorry I'm so late but I was playing nurse today, then couldn't find my google password so I reset it and I'm pretty sure there's a full moon out. So, I'm trying again.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Sheesh, Karen, sounds like my day. I had to work as well. Sorry you were having problems with passwords and such and glad you were able to make it. :-)

Karen Kelley said...

Yessss! It finally worked. You wouldn't believe how many passwords I tried, then when I reset the password, Google didn't like the ones I chose. Ok, some got a little off-color, okay a lot, but I finally came up with one it liked.
First, thanks so much to Sia for inviting me! I had lots and lots of coffee today. Mostly on the run!
Ahhh, thanks for all the lovely comments! Y'all are too sweet.
I think Mom still peeks down every once in a while. I have a lot of good memories that edged out any bad ones. She wasn't perfect--who is?--but because of her I dug in my heels and refused to give up.

Gossip_Grl said...

Okay maybe it is my hormones screaming out this A.M. but hello, just the cover/eye candy forced me to continue reading, wanting to know more about the book. :) Enjoyed reading and thanks for the invite/link.

Robin Maxwell said...

Hi Karen, Your story sounds a lot like my own. When my mom was 88 and living alone in Florida, my husband and I convinced her to come live with us in the high desert of California. She was the first fan of my writing (kept everything I wrote from the time I was eight) and never wanted me to get a "real job." I, too, dedicated my first novel to her, as it was a mother-daughter story. She only made it a year and a half with us, but it was the best decision we ever made. You new book sounds FANTASTIC! Best, Robin

Ciara said...

You brought tears to my eyes when you spoke about caring for your mother. The way you lifted her into the wheelchair and bonded with her. What a beautiful time.

Christina Farley said...

What a fun post about your dreams coming true. It's such an inspiration and so neat how you achieved your dream.