Karen Duvall, the author of Knight’s Curse, dropped in to chat about some vacation memories. After you read the interview, don’t forget to pre-order her upcoming Luna release, which will be in stores August 23!
[Manga Maniac Café] Can you share your favorite vacation memory?
[Karen Duvall] Wow, that’s a tough one. Most of the vacations I take are short weekend jaunts and are usually writing related. My most recent favorite was a weekend retreat with some writing buddies who were members of the same RWA chapter I used to belong to. We rented a house on the Oregon coast for the weekend and when we weren’t writing or having group plotting sessions we were taking walks on the beach outside our back door. I adore the beach and the sound of crashing waves on the shore. It’s so invigorating.
[MMC] What is your least favorite vacation experience and why?
[Karen Duvall] I’ve always enjoyed my vacations so I can’t say I had any bad experiences on one. I’ve had my luggage lost a few times on the return home and that wasn’t fun. It often happened after returning from a trip to Hawaii, where I’d go to visit family.
[MMC] If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
[Karen Duvall] I really want to go to Europe, probably the UK or Scotland. Or Ireland. I love the history of old cities and would like to stand on the street and just absorb the place, feel the past seep in through my pores. The thing about America is that it’s still in its infancy when you compare it to cities like London and Edinburgh, unless you’re into Native American history. I think Europe is mystical and legendary. It’s where the greatest fairytales come from.
[MMC] What 5 items do you pack first?
[Karen Duvall] Underwear, favorite jeans, comfy sweatshirt, robe and cosmetics.
[MMC] What’s your ideal vacation? Chillaxing and relaxing, or always on the go, go, go?
[Karen Duvall] Relaxing is the name of the game for me. I like to kick back and take in my new surroundings, using all my senses to experience whatever place I’m in. I’ll spend a lot of time outside, take walks and maybe long drives to see what there is to see. But I won’t be on a schedule. I like to take my own sweet time.
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Vacation Reads Reading Challenge!
The summer reading season is here! Don’t forget to sign up for the Vacation Reads Reading Challenge, which I am co-hosting with Ruby from Ruby’s Reads. You can win some awesome prizes, for something that you are going to do anyway! Click here and here for more information.