Welcome Karen Fritz

We have a guest today! I’d like to introduce everyone to fellow author Karen Fritz who writes for Wings ePress. Karen, welcome to Four Foxes, One Hound.

1. Did you always want to be an author?  I don’t think being an author was a conscious thought for me early on.  I have always had an overly fertile imagination.  As a kid, it was very easy for me to imagine mythical creatures in the woods.  Autumn leaves would become fish in our backyard creek and many an afternoon was spent playing on a small hill in the middle of a field (our island in the middle of the sea). Not to mention the many trips we took on the star ship Enterprise.  I guess my imagination eventually made its way to the page–that’s when I realized I really loved words.

2. Tell us about the publication of your first book.  My first books was Blind Vision, a supernatural thriller.  My protagonist in this story is Peter Cole. He is blind, struggling to find his independence and just happens to be a psychic who sees visions of women being brutally murdered by a serial killer.  When I started writing about Peter, I had only one goal for him and that was for the reader to see him grow, mature and become a strong independent man.  I can’t tell you how delighted I was when a reader on Goodreads said exactly that in his review!    My second book is Crossroad which is more of a traditional mystery/police procedural. As in Blind Vision, it was important for me to see my protagonist grow and change.  Detective Gabe Parker was going through a divorce, feeling self-doubt and wanted desperately to solve his ever-growing caseload.  His partner is a sexy, playboy rookie, Alex Garcia.  The two have this fun, snarky relationship.  Parker wants Garcia to succeed but knows he can’t give him too many pats on the back or Garcia will have trouble getting his head through the door.  Again, as in my earlier book, I had a goal for this book as well.  Unfortunately, I can’t tell you what that goal was – I’ll just say, after a lot work my it came to fruition.
3. Besides yourself, who is your favorite author in the genre you write in?  Wow!  I have a list.  If we’re talking thrillers, Lisa Gardner, Tess Gerritsen, James Patterson (Women’s Murder Club), Michael Connelly to name a few.  In the mystery genre, I enjoy Carolyn Haines, MC Beaton, Charlaine Harris (Aurora Teagarden).  I really enjoy British mysteries.  
I like the British mysteries too, Karen.
 4. What is the best part of being an author? the worst?  The best part of being an author is when you’re so into your character’s head that you are literally just dictating what he or she is saying.  I love when they do or say something that surprises me or makes me laugh.  I also like when I have a hard scene to write and I work on it diligently and that wonderful satisfaction I feel when it’s done and I’m pleased with how it turned out.  The worst part of being an author for me, is that first ten pages.  Boy, do I ever stew over them.  Because, as we all know, they need to be perfect, enticing and have a clever hook.
5.  What are you working on now?  Currently, I’m putting the finishing touches to another mystery.  In this book, my protagonist is Trixie.  She is three times divorced but only in love once.  She meets Kathleen and Martha for the first time on a bright sunny morning, in the middle of the woods over a dead body.  I’ve had a great deal of fun with these ladies.  I hope to make them a series.  We’ll see.
Your WIP does sound like fun, and I hope your series idea works out. Thanks so much for visiting today.
If you’d like to check out Crossroads, here’s a link for you. http://wingsepress.com/crossroads/

About Elaine Cantrell

Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina. She has a Master’s Degree in Personnel Services from Clemson University and is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America. Her first novel A New Leaf was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest and was published in 2004 by Oak Tree Press. When she isn't writing you can find Elaine playing with her dog or maybe collecting more vintage Christmas ornaments
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6 Responses to Welcome Karen Fritz

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Welcome, Karen! I enjoy reading mysteries, and admire people who are able to write them. Hope your vision of a series comes to fruition. I love books that deal with groups of women!


  2. Welcome,to the blog, Karen! You have some of the clearest vision for your characters that I have heard authors describe, but I am also edified to hear that they dictate to you! It never ceases to amaze me when my characters either will not cooperate or ‘do their own thing’!
    I wish you all the best with all of your works; they all sound wonderful.


  3. Elaine Cantrell says:

    Thanks so much for sharing with us, Karen. Your interview is great.


  4. Jeff Salter says:

    Welcome, Karen. I love this quote, “you’re so into your character’s head that you are literally just [transcribing] what he or she is saying. I love when they do or say something that surprises me or makes me laugh.”
    For me, that is also probably the best part of writing. Many times that occurs (for me) while I’m in a weekly writing sprint. But other times, when I’m in the groove of a novel that won’t get out of my head and I just sit back and let my fingers do all the writing.


  5. Welcome Karen. I have to agree with you about those first pages. I spend more time staring at a screen, erasing, and rewriting on those first pages than I do anywhere else. I have gone back and scrapped the entire thing on several works because I just couldn’t get it correct.


  6. Karen Fritz says:

    Thanks for all your lovely comments. It’s nice to be in the company of others who “get” the writing process. Wishing you all the best!


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