Thanks to the wonderful C.R. Richards at crrichards.com I am participating in the fun and fanciful Blog Hop. Many authors on the internet have lined up to comment upon their writing processes because many inquiring readers/writers want to know. So here goes: The Four Questions.

What are you working on?

I am currently writing the Wisdom Court Book Three, All In Bad Time, due out in the Spring of 2015. Wisdom Court is a renowned institute set in Boulder, and the women invited there get a fully supported year to work on any project they choose. The first two books have just come out online and in print on demand formats. Edge of the Shadow, Book One, introduces forensic artist Andrea Bellamy, who yearns to be a painter. When she starts sketching and trance-painting a man she’s never met nor seen, she must struggle to determine the source of her terrifying predicament. A Signal Shown, Book Two, has filmmaker Brenna Payne facing her worst fears in the nightmares that torture her each night. both are available at Amazon.com and B & N

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How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Paranormal thrillers allow a lot of possible avenues, from vampires and werewolves to ghosts and monsters. Since I’ve always crossed genres, I like my characters to contend with everyday life while they’re encountering never-dreamed-of dangers from otherworldly sources.

Why do I write what I do?

I want to tell myself the stories I can’t find on book shelves. Since I write by the seat of my pants, I’m always wondering what happens next as I type the details. I enjoy having the mundane come up against the possibilities of the supernatural. I watched The Twilight Zone as a kid and have never fully recovered from that.

How does my writing process work?

I start with an idea or an image that captures my fancy and I play with it until I can see how to use it as a pivotal point for the plot. Then I imagine what kind of character would be tormented and ultimately changed by encountering that plot point. I start writing and the elements of the story surface from my subconscious as I get further along. I know I’ve hit gold when I begin dreaming about the book. Then I alternate among slogging–just getting words onto the page, then editing and fighting off the terror that I’m going to write myself into a corner.

Who’s Up Next?

Denver author Doug Hawk has been writing horror novels since the mid-’80s and has no desire to stop. His books can keep you looking over your shoulder in terror for a good long while. Two of his ebooks now available at Amazon.com are Mark of the Black Claw and Moonslasher.

Doug’s blog is at http://dwellerbythedarkstream.wordpress.com/


Karen Duvall lives in Bend, Oregon, and writes wonderful fantasy novels. She is the author of Knight’s Curse and Darkest Knight, as well as Desert Guardian, a compelling story of a sister’s efforts to save her brother from a cult. When she’s not writing she freelances as a graphic designer. Karen’s blog is at http://www.karenduvallauthor.com