Linda Kage: So Karen, tell us a little about you and what you write please.
Karen: Paranormal romance is the genre for me. I’m drawn to the preternatural world and enjoy exploring different realms. Fallen Angels, vampires and shape shifters embrace my darker side where their worlds intertwine with ours.
Time travel is another passion of mine. It’s wonderful to be swept away into another century where rugged cowboys take down the bad guy and win the girl and where knights save the damsel in distress or the other way around is fine, too. (wink)
I share my life with a wonderful man of twenty-five years, three lovely children and house full of pets that have us all trained to give them treats on command.
Kage: Twenty-five years!! Why, that's practically a quarter of a century. Oh, wait, it is a quarter of a century. So you've been well acquainted with romance for a while now. Which makes me wonder, What happened to the first book you ever wrote?
Karen: It was a western tale with outlaws and kids as the heroes. I wrote it when I was about twelve or thirteen when cowboys where a big deal to me. Even then it had a light paranormal theme laced throughout the tale. I hand wrote the story in a hard cover notebook. I still have it and no, I never submitted it anywhere. lol
Kage:I never submitted my first book anywhere either. But obviously you have submitted some since you're published now. Tell us a little about those books. What’s your backlist and coming soon bookshelf look like?
Karen: Time Travel: Creighton Manor (1870 Natchez); A Twist of Fate (War of 1812); At the Stroke of Midnight (1970s Hollywood star); Lost in the Mist of Time (16th century Ireland)
OtherWorldly Romances: Destiny’s Prerogative (were-jaguar); Autumn Moon (Vampire); Moon Shifter (werewolf); Eli: Warriors for the Light (Fallen Angel)
Kage: So, what story are we going to talk about today?
Karen: My new release is a short story, “Wanted” in the anthology: A Christmas Collection (stimulating) from Victory Tales Press. It just so happens to be about an outlaw and a sheriff. I do enjoy the forbidden romances. Here’s a blurb:
A Christmas Collection Anthology : Stimulating
Stephanie Burkhart, Gerald Costlow, Rita Hestand, Karen Michelle Nutt
From Victory Tales Press
Sheriff Jace Kelly’s wife died giving birth to his remarkable daughter, Emma. She inherited the families’ seer abilities, but being only six-years old, she has the tendency not to know the difference between a vision and just an ordinary dream. So Jace doesn’t put too much faith in Emma’s recent premonition: marriage for him and a new mother for her, all because she wished upon a Christmas star.
When JoBeth Riley arrives in town, Emma is convinced this is the woman she dreamed about: dark hair, green eyes and shamrocks in her pocket. Only there’s one problem, she’s the notorious outlaw, Baby Face Jo.
JoBeth’s stay in the lumber town is meant to keep Shane Maverick, the leader of the outlaw gang from finding her and breaking her out of jail before the authorities have time to devise a plan to capture him.
JoBeth finds the Kellys a strange lot. A little girl, who believes her dreams are tales of the future and the rugged sheriff whose kindness proves a distraction. She’s an outlaw for heaven’s sake, but Jace is bound and determined to steal her heart.
Kage: What would the story be rated if it were a movie?
Kage: Okay, cool. Now, if you HAD to fit this story into a cliché, which one would it be?
Kage:Ooh! I love forbidden Love stories. There's just something about secret meetings and defying all odds to be together that gets my juices flowing. So what makes this book so unique from every other Forbidden Romance out there?
Karen: The town is not the typical silver and gold town of the late 1800s Arizona towns. The town’s primary income is lumber. I found it fascinating that in 1884, the Riordan family ran a lumber company in Flagstaff. The family developed a beautiful homestead and actually brought culture to the Wild West. The Riordan Mansion is something to see.
Kage:Wow. It's even neater that you implement so much truth with your story. What was the easiest part to write?
Karen: Characters and dialog are the easiest for me. I usually have a good idea of who my characters are, though there have been times they’ve surprised me. The setting takes research. In Wanted, it was set around Christmas time. I had chosen Arizona for the setting. If you aren’t familiar with the state, there is a lot of barren, rocky desert like areas, but up North there’s the San Francisco Peaks and they actually have snow around Christmas time. It was perfect for my story.
Kage:Give us the 411 on these main characters.
Karen: Jace, the sheriff may be able to take down a harden criminal if he had to, but he also has a heart of gold. He’s a widower and is raising his six-year old daughter alone. He treats everyone with respect—even an outlaw. What I don’t like about him? His daughter has a gift of sight, but he tends to dismiss the visions because she’s only six. As kind and helpful as he is, he neglects himself. He’s so worried about everyone else, he hasn’t moved on from his wife’s death.
JoBeth didn’t choose her life on the run. She was young and naïve when she ran away with the handsome outlaw, Shane Maverick. She didn’t know he was a wanted man, but by the time she found out it was too late to go home. She’s a strong woman and deals with her life the best she can without letting it destroy her heart. Shane may be a despicable character, but there is more to the outlaw than most know and JoBeth sees it. What do I dislike about her? She stays with Shane because a part of her feels sorry for him and has this need to keep him safe from the demons that haunt him.
Kage: Karen, Thank you so much for stopping by today and gracing us with your presence. Before we go, is there anything else you’d like to say to wrap things up?
Karen: If you’re interested in knowing more about my time travel and otherworldly tales, please visit my website at: http://www.kmnbooks.com/
Linda, thank you so much for having me here today.
Now that Karen has totally made us want to buy her book, she was kind enough to provide us with a a buy link to A Christmas Collection Anthology: Amazon Link
If you're still curious about Karen, here are other places to find her on the web:
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Karen-Michelle-Nutt/e/B002BLLBPE/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1