Saturday, April 8, 2023
Thursday, November 17, 2022
I had a great time teaching at the Colorado Gold Conference! They had a new venue this year. It was perfect, rooms conveniently all on one floor.
I met quite a few authors after each of my three workshops, was unexpectedly hired on the spot to do some freelance editing. I met with international and film adaptation scout Hadley Ramsay and will follow up on her interest in my current project. After my own interview on YouTube and the RMFW podcast with Mark Stevens, he directed me to a link to her interview with him and I discovered that the trends she's seeing in the industry match up well with several projects I have to offer. Solo and collaborative (two with Sister of the Quill Janet Fogg Extraordinaire!) I'm about to send my log lines, contest wins, reviews and praise from publishers Weekly, BlueCat, Page Awards, Huffington Post, Writer’s Digest, and Amazon top 1000 Vine Reviewers.
I'll look forward to hearing from Ms. Ramsay in response to my novel and screenplay pitches.
Here's the link to my YouTube Interview about Agents, the ups and downs of having an agent (forgive nervous-Karen beginning, it gets better).
To all my writer friends, I have been going to this RMFW event for years now. I highly recommend attending the annual CO Gold Conference! Thank you to all those who put their time in and expertise out there. And to Mark Stevens for inviting me to be interviewed about my experience with literary agents.
Monday, March 1, 2021
Very excited! Today is the big Cover Reveal for the Pikes Peak Writers' first anthology, Fresh Starts. I'm honored that my essay, After Grandpa Died, joins other creative pieces with that theme. We can all use the hope of a fresh start right now. Release date is April 9th!
Sunday, February 28, 2021
Sunday, August 30, 2020
I'm thrilled to announce the birth of my new book, Mu Shu Mac & Cheese. "It interweaves the subtle relationships of family with food and Chinese culture, with liberal dashes of humor."
You can order it here.
I hope readers will find it to be a lighthearted escape from the trials we're living through during this pandemic.
More on the book:
With her household the focus of a TV reality show, food writer Elaine’s professional dreams are about to come true. But her dominating Chinese mother-in-law's unexpected arrival blends the filming with more than a dash of culture clash. All too soon, Ma wants to chaperone Elaine’s son to prom and otherwise brings the household's pot to a full boil.
Mu Shu Mac & Cheese explores how far a corn-grown foodie will go to save her family's happy life from being sliced and diced. It’s Julia Child meets My Big Fat CHINESE Wedding.
It was inspired by my marrying into a Chinese family.
Having two books out in one summer is remarkable. It took me a long time to decide to self publish. Now I'm happy I did!
You'll find a photo of my mother-in-law in the book, an inspiration for this story. If you decide to read it, please let me know what you think!
Thank you to my son, Zach, for designing the cover for both of my novels!
Love from the Inkpot!
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
My book American Moon: A Chinese Immigrant Story is now for sale on AMAZON!!!
Writers say that the more books they have, the more they sell. Their fans are often hungry and will even go back and buy previous books they've written.
Funny, I even started a screenplay that takes place on a cruise ship that has the same characters on board but goes piece by piece (about 10-15 pages each) in a variety of genres, a section that's a romance, another that is horror etc. It's super fun for me, but it may be a turn off to others because those who like the horror section may not like the romance part. So again, no clear fan base. I'm not sure anybody else has gone this route with any success without an already established fan base and, even those, without using pseudonyms. I did make use of it for a long time in my paid BTS Book Reviews column entitled Karen’s Writing Detours.
Silly me... but writing in different genres was my instinct/natural inclination. For now, until something takes off so big I can't resist continuing with it, I'll let it be what it is.