Genre: New Adult Romance
Number of pages: 342
Word Count: A little over 115,000
Available at Amazon
Who I am and all I believe is marred with just one glance into angry, steel blue eyes. He seems to control my air, my ability to breathe. He makes me crave everything I know is a sin. Pure becomes tainted and lines are blurred. It's my fault; I'm the one who isn't strong enough. I've been damaged...broken. Breck's words haunt me...'There's a consequence for every choice you make.'
I've had so many women I can't even remember over half of their names, but none of them are mine; I make damn sure of that. I take what I desire and never look back. I don't need or want anyone, ever...not until I met Emma. Those eyes bore into what's left of my soul and her touch sears me, weakens me. I want to hate her for that. She is my ruin...my sweetest hell.
Disclaimer: Intended for readers 18+ due to strong language, mature scenes, and some violence.
Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
I’ve always loved to read but it was college when I first realized I wanted to be an author.
When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
I had a college course where I had to write a short story and my professor told me that I should publish it. I never did, but I knew when I wrote the first words to that story that I wanted to be a writer. I didn’t truly feel like a “writer” until I held Saving Rain, my debut novel, in my hands for the first time; it was such an unbelievably amazing feeling.
How long did it take to get your first book published?
I began writing Saving Rain: The First Novel in The Rain Trilogy in September of 2012 and had it published in early 2013.
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
Ash to Steele. Tattooed bad boy meets good girl desperately searching for her ‘more’ and finds hate, desire, love, demons, and his redemption.
Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?
I’m an indie self-published author.
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
It depends on each book, and it was hard to tell with The Rain Trilogy because I had parts of the final book in the series written while I was still writing the first novel. It took me longer to write Ash to Steele because of marketing and promoting The Rain Trilogy. Jensen and Saige’s story, my current novel in the works, is taking me the longest so far, but I’m loving it J.
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
I’m in love with the New Adult Romance genre and my current plans are sticking to it. Jensen and Saige’s story (paranormal romance with a sexy side) will be published by the end of this year. Then, due to several requests and my falling in love with him myself, I will be publishing Gavin’s (sexy, badass bouncer in Ash to Steele) story in 2015.
What genre would you place your books into?
New Adult Romance Suspense.
What made you decide to write that genre of book?
I love that age where the whole world is at your fingertips and the possibilities for your future seems endless. The tenacity and power behind the beliefs and ideas of this age group are astounding. I felt so alive at that age and, now, writing about characters in this age range gives me a rush of those feelings all over again. I’m also a huge sucker for romance; I just can’t get enough of it.
Do you have a favorite character from your books? And why are they your favorite?
Kas, from The Rain Trilogy, is my favorite character. He is everything I want in a man: strong, courageous, loyal, and willing to go through hell and back to save his girl. In Ash to Steele, Breck is my favorite, even though he frustrated the hell out of me at times.
How long have you been writing?, and who or what inspired you to write?
I began my debut novel in September 2012. So many people have inspired me; it’s impossible to mention them all, but James Patterson is my favorite author, and reading his books are always an inspiration.
Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
I’m almost always listening to music as I write, it’s a huge inspiration. I don’t have a certain chair, although I do have this really cool swinging chair that’s my favorite place to read. I’m also usually in my pjs when I write; I love to be comfortable.
Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?
Yes. I have so far, anyway. I find all reviews, both positive and negative, very beneficial. I also LOVE reviews and appreciate a reader taking his/her time to write one…so THANK YOU and keep ‘em coming ;).
Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
I usually have the title very early on, but it took me forever to come up with one for Jensen and Saige’s story (the current novel I’m writing). I know this sounds crazy, but, to me, writing just seems to flow much easier when the title is in place.
How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
One of my favorite parts of beginning a new book is coming up with names! I do a mixture of things like searching names on the web, picking a name I’ve heard growing up that has stuck with me, and combining names.
Are character names and place names decided after their creation? Or do you pick a character/place name and then invent them?
I usually have the character’s name chosen, then their personality begins to come alive.
Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?
I decide a character’s general trait when the story begins, but the characters tend to have their own minds and change things and add more depth to themselves along the way.
Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books? (Morals as in like Aesops Fables type of "The moral of this story is..")
I love psychology and have it weaved throughout all of my novels.
Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?
I love a book in any form but I prefer my Kindle because I have so many novels at my fingers at any given time.
What is your favorite book and Why? Have you read it more than once?
Great Expectations. Dickens created such an amazing story with eccentric characters taking the reader through several twists and turns. I just love this classic story. I’ve read it all the way through once but have gone to different parts and re-read them different times.
Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favorite/worst book to movie transfer?
For the most part, I prefer the book version, but I do enjoy watching movies made from great books. My favorite movie made from a book would have to be The Firm.
Your favorite food is?
Ravioli di Portobello.
Your favorite singer/group is?
Your favorite color is?
I can’t decide between pink and green; I love them both!
Your favorite Author is?
James Patterson. He is a writing genius.
Author of New Adult Romance who doesn't shy away from writing about dark issues and hot heroes.
Karen-Anne Stewart has always adored reading and has now fallen in love with writing. Her written works are The Rain Trilogy: Saving Rain, Healing Rain, and After the Rain, and the newly released stand alone novel, Ash to Steele. Her debut novel, Saving Rain: The First Novel in The Rain Trilogy, was a nominee for the Book Junkie’s Choice Awards, and Saving Rain and After the Rain were nominees for the 2014 RONE Awards.
When Karen-Anne isn’t writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking, and visiting new places. She fuels her addiction of creating new stories by her only other addiction, caffeine, and listening to a myriad of musical genres. Tucked away near the Blue Ridge Mountains, Karen-Anne lives with her husband, daughter, two dogs, and their cat. She plans on writing new adult romance as long as her fingers maintain dexterity.
Karen-Anne loves to connect with readers!
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