Karen: I like to say that I am on a mission to make the paranormal, normal. Because I believe that most paranormal abilities are within all of us. The paranormal I am referring to are events like ESP, out of body experiences, psychic visions, and emphatics – not vampires though I am not certain those don’t exist as well! I like to think that I have an open mind and believe anything can happen. Unfortunately, that can make me gullible as well.
Presently I live in the gorgeous city of Vancouver Canada in an apartment on the eclectic east side. I enjoy going for long walks around the city, taking photos then posting those to my blog, the Vancouver Vagabond, and relating the history of this city. I find that the stories of long ago influence my writing now.
Tricia: When did you begin writing?
Karen: I come from a family of writers – my paternal grandmother was a published author and writer – so ever since I first learned to put words together, I have written. During high school, I used to write poems for guys to give their girlfriends or girls to give their boyfriends. However, it wasn’t until the onslaught of multiple sclerosis took me out of the work force that I was able to devote myself to writing as a career. I tried a few different avenues of writing before realizing that writing novels – in particular paranormal – was where I wanted to be.
Tricia: What was the first book you published? Can you tell us about it?
Karen: I self-published my first book through Lulu Press. It is a paranormal romance novella entitled The Bond, A Paranormal Love Story.
Laura is a retail storeowner in Vancouver and is crossing the street one evening when she gets struck by a car. Julian is an artist in Toronto celebrating his first gallery opening when an identical vehicle hits him at the exact same moment in time. Both people have an out of body experience and while their ethereal forms are floating, they meet. When their spirits return to their respective bodies, each takes a part of the other with them – making them true soul mates. When Julian senses that Laura is in danger, he comes to Vancouver to help.
Tricia: Tell us about your newest release, Missing Flowers.
Karen: When psychic Julie Seer moves to Vancouver, her dreams are filled with visions of women being murdered. She doesn’t know who is being killed or why until the day Julie goes to a press conference held by the Vancouver Police Station. A press conference to announce the formation of a special task force that will investigate the case of the prostitutes who have gone missing from Vancouver’s East Side.
Detective Constable Santoro Ricci is an officer with the Vancouver Police Department and he wants on the special task force. When he happens upon Julie at the press conference, Ricci finds himself unofficially investigating the case.
Julie also finds herself having visions where she is transported back in time into the body of a Chinese prostitute in the late 1800s. Through these visions, and stories told to her by long time residents of the city, Julie learns more of the history of Vancouver.
With the help of Francine, an east side prostitute, Julie and Santoro work together to solve the mystery of the missing women. When Francine and Julie are taken by the killer, Santoro must find the missing answers fast.
Tricia: How did you get the idea for the book?
Karen: When I was trying to decide what path my writing should go in, it was suggested that I take the character of the psychic Julie from The Bond, move her to Vancouver, and base a series around her. So I did that but I wanted something different. I took an actual crime – the Pickton murder where a serial killer was stalking the prostitutes of the east side for many years – as inspiration. Of course, I changed all the details and it could be any serial killer that stalked prostitutes. Then I found a way to incorporate the history of Vancouver into the book.
Tricia:. What was the most challenging aspect of writing Missing Flowers?
Karen: I think that writing as the character Francine Chapman – a drug addicted prostitute – was the most difficult. Her experiences are beyond mine. It’s funny though because I was talking on Facebook with someone who read Missing Flowers and he wanted to know if Francine was based on a real person because she seemed so real to him. So I guess I got it right!
Tricia: Which authors have inspired your writing?
Tricia:. What advice do you have for new or aspiring authors?
Karen: Find what makes you passionate. What you love to learn about or do and then incorporate that in your writing. It will make for a much better story.
Tricia: Where can my readers go to learn more about your work or to purchase one of your novels?
Karen: My novels are available on Amazon, you can read about them and keep in touch with me through my website at http://www.karenmagill.com.
Vancouver Vagabond blog: http://karen-magill.blogspot.com
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