Saturday, December 14, 2013

Author Interview – Karen S. Bell @KarenSueBell

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Sometimes it’s so hard to keep at it – What keeps you going?

An inner urge to express myself and not worrying how to get money to eat.

What’s your next project?

I have a rough idea. My mission is to write books to get women thinking. WALKING WITH ELEPHANTS was about the struggles modern women have juggling work and family, SUNSPOTS, delves into the psychological dysfunction that occurs when a woman marries and loses her identity. This next project will be about female empowerment, the divine feminine. Society today seems to be moving backwards for women and some young women are also embracing social norms that are degrading, not becoming women to be admired. Celebrities as well. I believe we can be strong, independent without losing the grace of being nurturing, feminine, sexy, and classy role models. We certainly have many of those women but actions like a Miley Cyrus grab the attention with a very negative impact for the image of what it means to be female.

What’s the reason for your life? Have you figured out your reason for being here yet?

No, but I’m ecstatic in my cluelessness. It’s a gift to be alive and experiencing it all.

How do you feel about self-publishing?

It’s great and it stinks. So much crap out there now that it’s hard to grab an audience. And I do mean crap. Poorly written books that are just consumption. Easy reading, dystopias for the YA set, erotica for the sexually frustrated matron. Popular culture junk. But with self-publishing at least I can see my words in print, be master of my own fate, know that there are some people who have read my work and appreciate it. A writer needs to be read. Without self-publishing being so easy and cheap, my work would eventually just be fodder for the trash bin.

What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?

Albert Einstein, “There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.”


Sunspots follows the healing journey of a young woman thrown into the horror of losing a spouse. It is a love story of loss and redemption and the ghosts that haunt our lives and our houses. Skirting the genres of magical realism and romance, Sunspots, explores the existence of the afterlife and the paranormal. The story takes the reader on a path of high emotion as the narrator, Aurora, uncovers her husband Jake’s secret life and her own internal conflicts as she matures to self-awareness. The novel’s tone vacillates from irreverent humor to solemnity as Aurora relates her previous life with Jake and her present challenges. The title refers to the solar maximum which became the backdrop for Aurora’s conception when her hippy parents went to Canada to observe the Aurora Borealis. In name and in spirit, Aurora is connected to the observable and unobservable energy around us. With the help of friends, family, and the ghost of Viola Parker (her home’s original owner), Aurora accepts her fate and the secrets revealed about Jake’s true character. She realizes that in this life she will finally break the cycle of pain caused by her love for this man, Jake Stein, through the centuries.

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Genre – Contemporary romance, Magical Realism

Rating – PG-13

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