Welcome to RomFan Reviews New York Times and US Today Best-selling author Karen Hawkins, thank you Karen so much for taking time from your busy schedule to join us today.
1. Tell us a little about your new release ONE NIGHT IN SCOTLAND available November 23rd?
ONE NIGHT IN SCOTLAND is the story of Mary Hurst (her sisters were the heroines of the final two MacLean Curse books, SLEEPLESS IN SCOTLAND and THE LAIRD WHO LOVED ME) and her travails in Scotland where she’s gone in an attempt to regain possession of an ancient Egyptian artifact that her brother, who is being held for ransom, left in the care of a business associate. The man, the dark and mysterious Earl of Erroll, is a recluse and was scarred by the loss of his wife years earlier in a horrible fire. When Mary arrives at the earl’s castle, Erroll not only doesn’t believe her story that she’s come to take the artifact to gain her brother’s release, but thinks she’s a thief come to steal the artifact away.
Unwilling to let Mary just leave until he discovers who sent her on her ‘mission,’ Erroll locks Mary in the turret of his castle until he can either prove or disprove her story. But locking up a Hurst is never as easy as one might think and Mary quickly proves her mettle, much to Erroll’s surprise!
2. The series started with a prequel called MUCH ADO ABOUT MARRIAGE which ties your MacLean Curse Series and the Hurst Amulet Series together how many books will see in the Hurst Amulet Series?
The Hurst Amulet Series will be four books in total. The first one is ONE NIGHT IN SCOTLAND, coming this week, followed May 31st by SCANDAL IN SCOTLAND. The third book in the series is scheduled for late September.
3. You write both historical and contemporary do you find one easier than the other?
Not at all! I read both so it’s very easy for me to slip back and forth. I’ve always read contemporary romances while I’m writing my historicals, so now I read historicals while I’m writing the contemporaries. I love doing both!
4. You have this amazing sense of humor what else should readers know about Karen Hawkins?
Thank you! I just love to laugh and I come from a family that prizes humor. When I was growing up, there were a number of long running family jokes that went on. My dad used to sneak out in the middle of the night where he’d sit in his truck down the road from his sister’s house and use his own garage door opener to open and close her garage door over and over. She was sure it happened every time a plane flew overhead and even called the airport repeatedly to complain while my dad would snicker in the background. He finally told her the truth and she threw a pillow at him … after she stopped laughing.
There are many other examples, but living with such joy made me value a good laugh.
5. When you take a break from writing what are some of the things you enjoy doing?
I’m a history buff, so I read a ton of biographies and historical books. I also enjoy making stained glass pieces, which I wrote about in one of my older books, And the Bride Wore Plaid. I also have two children, both in college now, and a newish husband, whom I call Hot Cop because I met him while interviewing cops for my first contemporary, TALK OF THE TOWN.
6. Who or what inspired you to start writing?
I began to write because I took a turn in my life where I lost my reading time. In 1996, I began working on my PhD in political science and between taking classes, working full time, and raising two small children, I didn’t have time to read my beloved romance novels. So I decided that though I couldn’t READ an entire novel in a week any more (I was reading two or three before that), I could at least WRITE one chapter a week.
And so I did.
Along the way I heard about a writer’s group (the Georgia chapter of Romance Writer’s of America, GRW) and joined them and learned so much – it’s an amazing group. I became truly fascinated with the process and realized that, hey, I love doing this! When I got the offer for my first book in 1998, I quit the PhD program and worked on growing my writing skills and audience so that I could write full time, which I do now. It took me a while, though – almost five years, but I did it!
I’ve never been happier. You might say it was love at first type.
7. Any advice you would like to give to future authors trying to get their start?
Never quit and never stop learning. Between the two of those, you’ll make it.
8. Where can readers find out more about your books and contact you?
On my website, http://www.karenhawkins.com/ -- be sure you sign up for the newsletter! – and on facebook, where (by the way) author Sabrina Jeffries and I are giving away a multitude of prizes in the month of December, including a $50 gift certificate and BOTH a Kindle and a Nook to people who are fans of BOTH of our pages!
Thank you Karen for being with us today it was an honor and a pleasure to have you and we hope we can do this again.
Thank you! So do I! :)
Now for some good news not just for one person but four!!! Karen has offered to give away four copies of the first book in the series MUCH ADO ABOUT MARRIAGE. All you have to do is leave a comment and your email address, that is it! Winners will be randomly selected on Sunday, November 28th.