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Book cover for Dead on arrival    Karens final choice 6dohdb    Front cover of daytona dead   dcscover3

When people ask me what I do with my time I simply tell them I WRITE.

When did all this start you might ask?  Some where back in 1995 I was penning short stories for my daughter when she was small. I didn’t really get into it again til 10 years later and my stories were decidedly more adult in nature. One day I got an idea for a story involving a dead guy on someones living room floor.  That became DEAD ON ARRIVAL after a friend told me I needed to publish that book as she thought I was Canada’s answer to JANET EVANOVICH. I am still waiting for the paycheck that goes with the name but I will continue to write in my own style.

What is my style? In a word, quirky. My plots and characters are definitely described as such and I don’t think there is a situation that my character Laura won’t find her self into at the chagrin of her husband Gerry.  It was recently said in a review for DAYTONA DEAD:

The best thing, for me, is Laura’s sarcastic wit and her hubby’s devotion to his new wife, despite her proclivity to attract trouble like a Porterhouse steak in a pack of Doberman Pinschers!

I have four published works. Three are part of a series: DEAD ON ARRIVAL, OVER HER DEAD BODY AND DAYTONA DEAD.  My stand alone is the very off beat yet comical DEAD COMIC STANDING where several stand up comedians meet their maker at the hands of a serial killer with no sense of humor.

Why I write mystery

I grew up reading HARDY BOYS AND NANCY DREW so it only seemed natural to write in that genre. I have always loved whodunits.

Heavy on the humor?

Next to mysteries I love writing comedy. I thought why not combine the two into my work and see where that takes me. So my characters are also sarcastic in nature biting of quips at each other.

If I couldn’t write I would probably go nuts.

Around the time I started writing I was suffering from burnout from my job and needed some time off. What to do than sit watching afternoon soaps and looking at the four walls?

More about me as a person.

I have been married once before but that went south after nine years. He looked at me one day and declared that I was dysfunctional. Naturally this shocked me to the core as I had no clue he knew words that big.  We had a daughter together but parted company. I now have a husband who doesn’t mind my nuttiness and totally supports what I do. I also have a four-legged fur kid and a grandson who just turned 4.  My hubby has four great kids of his own.

W.I.P.s and future projects

I have the next in the series in the editing process called DEAD MEN DON’T SWING.

I am also trying my hand at romance with no dead bodies in sight. This is called A BOTTLE OF RED.

The third is a retro murder mystery/family reunion type of story called 101 CROSS STREET.

I have several other ideas brewing but my muse can only be stretched so far.

About karenwritesmurder

I am a writer, blogger and radio host. I love to read and my love of books has lead me down this path. People tell me I write like Janet Evanovich. I take that as a compliment as I love her Plum books. I feel like Stephanie and Laura could be best friends.
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