Please welcome special guest Karen Whiddon to the virtual offices this morning! Karen is here to chat about her latest Harlequin Nocturne release The Lost Wolf’s Destiny.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Karen Whiddon] Pale, animal-lover, nature-lover, writer, wife, mother, friend, Boxer-rescue volunteer, imaginative, clumsy, shy, awkward, deep.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about The Lost Wolf’s Destiny?
[Karen Whiddon] This book is part of my "Pack" series. One of the characters from Touch of the Wolf, Samantha Warren, makes a brief appearance (along with her husband)
Shapeshifter Blythe Daphne is desperate to save her five year old daughter’s life. So desperate that, when everything else has failed, she turns to a prominent Faith Healer(the hero’s father– Jacob Gideon) and his church, Sanctuary. Can Lucas Kenyon save the mother and daughter from a man he knows is evil personified?
When Lucas Kenyon sees the news report on television about his estranged father Jacob Gideon welcoming a Shapeshifter and her child into his fold with promises to heal them, he knows they are actually in grave danger. Because Jacob believes Shapeshifters are demons straight from hell, and has vowed he will "cure" them, no matter what the cost. After years of abuse, Lucas witnessed his twin sister’s death at the hands of the man he called father. He escaped, changed his name, and gradually built a life for himself. But the guilt that he wasn’t able to save his sister never left him. So when he realizes Jacob has found more victims, he knows he must save them, before they are tortured and killed.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Karen Whiddon] Honestly, I can’t answer that. I don’t really know where my ideas come from.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Blythe?
[Karen Whiddon] Brave, Determined, Beautiful
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Lucas had a theme song, what would it be?
[Karen Whiddon] Broken, by Seether. My working title for this book was The Broken Wolf, though I didn’t get to keep it.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Blythe is never without.
[Karen Whiddon] Her daughter – she is a single mom and her daughter Hailey is critically ill.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Lucas’s bathroom?
[Karen Whiddon] Hair products, teeth whitener, after-shave. He doesn’t need anything to help him look HOT!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Blythe’s greatest regret?
[Karen Whiddon] Trusting the wrong person.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Karen Whiddon] Younger days – Ray Bradbury. I devoured everything he wrote. Nowadays, there are so many authors I love. Kristin Hannah and Barbara Samuel (Barbara O’Neal) come to mind.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Karen Whiddon] Something to write with, whether it’s a computer, Alphasmart, or pen and paper. Music – I usually create a playlist on ITunes for each book. And a beverage, whether it’s coffee or ginger ale, or tea.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your biggest distraction while working on The Lost Destiny?
[Karen Whiddon] My biggest distraction as a writer on all of my books is the internet. Email, Facebook, etc.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Karen Whiddon] Kristin Hannah’s Fly Away. I devoured it!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Karen Whiddon] That’s a hard question. I’ve always read – Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys as a kid, Ray Bradbury, and the old Harlequin’s. The first big romance author who made me want to write would be Judith McNaught.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Karen Whiddon] Sleep <G>, eat, play with my dogs, volunteer for Legacy Boxer Rescue, hang out with my husband and or daughter, and travel.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
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