Karen Vaughan - Woman of Mystery!
Welcome to the next stop on our Fantastic Blog Hop Tour. The bus is pulling into Canada next and stops at the home of Karen Vaughan.
Karen Vaughan is one of my favorite authors. No doubt about it, she's got a flair! Her mystery novels not only have well paced action, they have wonderfully funny moments as well.
Karen lives in Peterborough Ontario with her husband Jim and a four legged off spring named Sugar. She is the mom of a 22 year old daughter and four grown step children and a 2 1/2 year old grandson named Ike.
DEAD COMIC STANDING is her second novel. Her first novel DEAD ON ARRIVAL garnered praise from friends, family and online gamers. She also enjoys doing crafts and other hobbies. Her latest book is called OVER HER DEAD BODY is the second book to DEAD ON ARRIVAL. DAYTONA DEAD is the third in that series which is soon to be released.
Where are you from?
I live in Peterborough Ontario Canada
What sparked your interest in writing?
I always liked creative writing in school and it just carried on in my
adult life. I did it to keep myself amused and I ended up with a
published book DEAD ON ARRIVAL
What components, in your opinion, makes a great story?
Loveable/hateable characters, amazing fast past plots and its gotta have some humor.
How would you generally categorize the books/stories you write?
Light mystery, some people even call them cozies.
Do you set your books/stories in your home town, or do you prefer more exotic locations?
Most of the books I write take place in the Toronto area but I did place DEAD COMIC STANDING in Edmonton Alberta. I want to keep it Canadian. I also sent Laura and Gerry to Daytona Beach for their honeymoon in DAYTONA DEAD.
How much of your writing is based on people or events familiar to you?
I based Laura on me. It might sound egotistical but hey “write what you know.” I have used some of my friends as shells of characters and I am currently killing off a former boss in my work in progress.
What inspired you to write Dead comic standing?
I had the opportunity to perform stand up comedy. I used this in a plot concerning a serial killer who hates comedians and starts slashing.
How did you come up with the title? I thought of Last Comic Standing and substituted dead.
What was the hardest part of the story to write?
Getting inside the head of a psychopath was rough. I am nuts but that
was over the top.
What was the easiest part of the story to write?
The Comedy acts were a riot.
Was there much research involved?
I watched a lot of comedy showcases and researched serial killers
Is there a message in your story you want readers to grasp?
Not really I just want to entertain people.
What do you feel is your biggest strength as a writer?
I feel I do dialogue well and that I can incorporate comedy into the story.
When your first started writing, did anything about the writing process surprise you?
Editing sucks but it’s a necessary evil.
Do you celebrate when you finish a story, and if so, how?
I usually wait till the book is released.
Do you have a set writing routine?
No I am too lazy. I just write when an idea hits me.
Do you listen to music when you write?
Yep classic rock from the 70s
What do you like least about writing?
Give us a mini-tour of your writing space.
My kitchen table. I use a laptop but the tabletop is cluttered.
Which authors do you feel have influenced your writing most?
Janet Evanovich, Charlotte Hughes and Leslie Langtry. Name a few titles I’d find if I browsed through
your personal home library. The Thornbirds, The Stephanie plum collection and Beach Road by James
If you could go back in time, what author would you most like to invite to share a chat and a bottle of wine?
Have any new authors caught your interest?
I have discovered a lot of new talented writers since being on facebook.