Sunday, June 22, 2014

A New Blog Hop via Grace Yee

Hello. Allow me to introduce myself. I'm Karen Malena and a funny thing happened on this journey called life. Okay, I realize that's a bit cliche. But life has been a journey and yes, some funny things certainly happened! I've worked in the dental field for over thirty years, and only recently became a published author. Not bad for someone who had their mom laugh hysterically at the first story she ever wrote as a young girl; a story which was meant to be tragic and sad.

I've been invited by author Grace Yee to join in a blog hop and there are a few questions I must answer. Links to her author page and blog site follow at the end of the questions.

Here goes:

1. What are you working on?
I'm at the end of finalizing a funny fantasy cat story about Piggy, my son's cat and her make-believe adventures. Also I'm writing a poignant love story about two people who meet in the twilight years in an assisted living facility. These stories are as different as night and day, that's what makes it so fun.

2.  How does your work differ from others in the genre?
With my cat story, I've noticed that other cat authors have "true" stories which they've written about some really brave and different cats they've owned. I chose to write a make-believe story about my son's cat Piggy since a popular Facebook page of hers has really taken off. I'd like to continue to convey her very sassy side, coupled with some great adventures, heroes and villains and tell a "tail" for people of all ages.

3. Why do you write what you do?
I've loved pretending and made up stories since I was a young girl. When I'm writing a serious story such as Shadow of My Father's Secret, I dig deep within myself to how the characters feel. I find stories from my own life and intermingle them into my books.

When I'm writing fantasy like Piggy's story, my fun, inner child comes to the surface and I can be more free to express a sillier side of myself.

4. How does your writing process work?
I have a full time job, full time husband, full time elderly parents and assorted loved ones who I enjoy spending time with. It isn't easy to actually make the time to write. I grab what I call little valuable pockets of time. If I actually have a full day to myself, I write like crazy. I must have complete quiet surrounding me to "get in the zone" so to speak.

Also, I write in my head almost all the time. During a long drive, a good outdoor walk, my characters tell me what they want me to do next.

As part of this blog hop, I'd like to introduce the writer who invited me and then the two other writers who are joining in the fun:

Grace Yee who invited me:

Joe Potts:

B. Chantel:

This is Piggy the cat's Facebook page as well:

A special thank you to Grace Yee for inviting me, and for the other bloggers who joined in!

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