There are a whole host of authors in the Ghostly Writes Anthology 2019, available to download from 31st October! Today, I welcome Karen Mossman onto my blog, to have a chat and find out more about her and her writing. We met on the Ghostly Writes Anthology group, so all I know is that she lives in North Wales!
1 How do you write? Is everything plotted, planned to perfection? Do you ever change tack as you go along or always stick to a pre-made plan?
I tend to get an idea, then play around with it in my head for a while, which could be weeks sometimes. Once I have a sense of it, I’ll start writing. Sometimes I just write scenes and then put them all together at the end. So definitely not planned to perfection!
2 Do you have a writing ritual? Meditation, certain cup for your tea, writing trousers?
No, absolutely nothing. As long as I have my lap top, I can let my fingers do the walking. Although on occasions I like to sit down with an empty page and just write and see what magic appears out of my pen.
I love a pen too!
3 Aside from writing, what makes you tick? Tell us 5 things about yourself we probably don’t know.
- I love to craft, I go through craft like genres of writing. At the moment I am crocheting.
- I’ve started giving talks to clubs and groups, one about books and the other about growing up with parents who fostered.
- I lived all my life in a big city, and now I live in a rural area by the sea.
- I’m always on a diet, and if I’m not, I should be!
- I once ordered Sir Alex Ferguson out of a lift in anger, then realised who it was. He was very gracious. (Ex manager of Manchester United.)
4 If you were stranded on a desert island with shelter, food and water, what 5 items would you want with you?
- My kindle with unlimited battery, or some books.
- A pen and paper.
- My dogs for company.
- A swimming costume
5 On said island, what 5 books would you take and why?
Any books that I haven’t read before as I’m not a fan of re-reading a book unless it is acceptable. So I have at least five on my Kindle and they are:
- The Anglesey Murders: Visit from the Devil by Connor Jones.
- Just Rose by L. T. Marshall
- Silent Night by Sahara Foley
- Falling for Kate by J. M. Rally
- Unveiled by J. M. Northup
6 Off the island now, which famous person would you like to have dinner with?
I’ve never been a fan of meeting famous people. I would be far too intimiated and they would have better things to do than bother with the likes of me! So I would choose my mum and dad to have dinner with, simply because they have been gone for nine years now, and in that time questions have arisen that I will never have answers too.
7 Your current writing projects?
I have two on the go. I am rewriting my novel The Secret from first person point of view to third, as suggested by my publisher.
The other is called Crossing Serbia, it was a short story that I’m expanding into a novella. It is about a Tanya an aid worker during the time of the break up of Yugoslavia. While she is working with people trapped by war, she gets kidnapped by insurgents. A group of British soldiers are sent into rescue them and its about their journey across a war torn country. So, a politcal romance.
They both sound fascinating. Finishing up, please share with us your published work…
I have just entered my story to the halloween edition of Ghostly Writes, which is where I met you. In previous editions, I have entered stories I already have. This time I’ve used a story that I wrote some time ago but never did anything with after the first draft. It’s based on a true story, the haunting of a house where someone I know lives. I must say, I’m thrilled with how it turned out and can’t wait to see it in print.
I have four novels and nine novellas as well as stories in anthologies. They can all be seen on my website (https://karenmossman.weebly.com/)
I’m also a lover of stories, so maintain the Magic of Stories website (https://magicofstories.net/) where I share my own stories and those of others, including many true stories. Apart from that, I review every book I read on Karen’s Book Buzz Blog. (https://karensbookbuzz.wordpress.com/)
Thanks so much for joining me, Karen. You can also find Karen’s work on Amazon via her Author Page https://www.amazon.co.uk/Karen-J-Mossman/e/B00JJY69OO
and for our friends across the pond https://www.amazon.com/Karen-J-Mossman/e/B00JJY69OO
Don’t forget to look out for more author interviews, showcasing the talented authors contributing to the Ghostly Writes Anthology 2019!