The JR Bunnies welcome Author Karen Lopp!
Soul Mate Publishing at Soulmatepublishing.com
Tell us a little about what inspired you to write Effie’s Outlaw?
One of my ancestors was a US marshal. Reading about his life was my inspiration.
When you start writing, do you already have the story plotted out or do you let the characters dictate what will happen
I usually have a general idea of the story and a solid beginning and ending before I begin the process.
What inspired you to write in your genre? Is this the genre you started writing in or have you morphed to this one?
I grew up reading westerns and moved on to romance so combining the two came naturally. I started my writing career with historical western romance.
Who was the toughest character for you to “get right” that you have written so far?
Kathleen, from my first book, Shotgun Bride.
Do you draw inspiration for your characters from real life? Any fun stories you could share?
I draw inspiration from reading history and the life of my ancestors. One of them that has always stayed with me was the story of how my great-great-grandmother hated the neighboring rancher’s cattle that always seemed drawn to the grass on the roof of her dug out. Guess I wouldn’t appreciate cow tromping on my roof.
What do you find the hardest part of writing?
I would say the marketing part of it.
Name one thing that your readers would be surprised to know about you.
Umm, let’s see. I’m not a chick movie fan. I prefer the action-packed, shot-em-up movies.
Do you have a guilty pleasure?
I don’t feel guilty at all when I eat chocolate.
What TV Show/s are you addicted to?
I don’t watch much TV.
Do you have a hobby that you like to try and squeeze in?
Quilting, scrapbooking, gardening, cooking.
What do you need before you start writing? Anything that is just a must have or the creative juice don’t flow?
I need to get the first scene worked out in my head. Other than that, if the juice isn’t there I go read a book.
Does music influence your writing? If so, do any of your stories have a theme song?
Do you write one book from start to finish or are there multiple works underway at any given time?
I have multiple works all going at the same time, that way if I get stuck on one, I can move on the another one and use my time more efficiently.
Where were you when you got your first contract? What was the book and who did you tell first?
I was at home when I opened the email from my publisher. The book was Shotgun Bride and I told my husband first.
How old were you when you read your first romance book?
Probably thirteen or so.
Do you have an all-time favorite romance book?
I love The Scarlet Pimpernel.
What author causes you to “go fan girl”/ squeal over/anticipate upcoming books?
There are just too many to list. I have a very eclectic taste in books.
Do you have a favorite movie you have seen in the last few months and an all-time favorite?
Nothing recent but The Fugitive with Harrison Ford is one of my all-time favorites.
What are you currently working on, and what else is in the wings?
I have another western in the editing stages and one contemporary suspense in the editing stages and another suspense about half-way done.
If you could co-write with another author who would it be?
I would have to have a séance, but I love Georgette Heyer.
How did you hear about the “bunnies” at Joyfully Reviewed?
On the internet
Where can readers find you?
And for the silly side –
What is your favorite type of ice cream?
Chocolate of course
Ranger or Morelli (if you know to what this refers please answer with which one and why
Ranger, he’s just the right fit for her. He lets her be herself.