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Question: Your path to becoming a published author has been anything but traditional. You became an overnight success after self-publishing your books on Kindle, and a publishing contract with AmazonEncore followed shortly thereafter. What finally made you decide to take matters in your own hands by self-publishing your books? Was that a difficult decision?
Karen McQuestion: No, it was an easy decision! For years I tried to get published the traditional way. When I learned that anyone could self-publish an ebook (for free!), I decided I had nothing to lose. I’m very glad I took the plunge.
Question: What advice do you have for struggling writers out there who find themselves in the same position you did years ago with no publishing contract, but stories to share with the world?
Karen McQuestion: If you’ve gotten feedback from others, and are convinced your writing and stories are solid, take advantage of the new opportunities for writers today. Between blogs, online publications, and ebooks, writers can get their work in front of readers faster and easier than ever. And of course, keep writing, because that’s the only way to improve.
Question: Your first book, A Scattered Life, was a huge success--a Kindle bestseller (reaching #5 in the Kindle Store) with more than 100,000 copies sold and over 150 days in the top 100. What has this success been like?
Karen McQuestion: It’s been unbelievable. I was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, appeared on ABC's World News Now and America This Morning, and the novel was optioned for film by an L.A. production company. But the best part? After years of having the novel languish on my hard drive, people were finally reading it and enjoying it.
Question: A Scattered Life is an adult novel. Your two new books, Favorite and Life on Hold are young adult novels. Have you always wanted to write for teens and young adults?
Karen McQuestion: I think young adult fiction has gotten smarter and better than when I was a teenager. When my daughter started reading YA novels, she’d recommend books to me. I found that I loved them and started to get ideas for YA novels I wanted to write.
Question: Life on Hold is about 15-year-old Rae Maddox who has spent her entire life on the move thanks to her mother. To protect herself, she’s decided to put her life on hold until she turns 18 and can make her own decisions. This is a really sad concept. Do you think a lot of teens out there can relate to Rae? If so, what do you hope they take away from this book?
Karen McQuestion: I think everyone can relate to the feeling that something in life is holding you back. If only you had a different job, or lost weight, or were done with school, or owned a car, things would be better and you could finally live the life you want. But the truth of the matter is that today is all we’ve got. A person could wish their life away if they don’t find things to appreciate in the here and now.
Question: Favorite has a mysterious element to it. Part thriller, part coming-of-age, it is about a young girl in search of her mother who went missing years before. Nothing--and no one--is quite as it seems in this book. Was it fun for you to write a story that has elements of a mystery/thriller in it? Do you think we’ll see more of this from you in the future?
Karen McQuestion: I loved writing the book, but since I don’t outline I had no idea how it was going to go. More than once, I wrote myself into a corner, which was a little scary. I’d love to write another book in this genre, but next time I’ll think it through beforehand.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
This is a beautiful and engaging story about realizing what is important in life and following your heart. Well written and enjoyable!! Karen McQuestion is undoubtly one of the best new authors around!!!!!!!!
She captures your interest right away & really makes you feel like you know the characters and want to be close to them!
This one really grabbed me, having moved multiple times in school I could somewhat connect with Rae. The more I read, the more I wanted to know about Alison.
GREAT read!! I highly recommend reading this author!
The insight that Karen put's into all her character's and her story's show undeniably that whatever the story topic is, who ever the characters maybe, she is so cognizant of her surroundings and situation's , I am sure she was like this through out her life, which gives her the ability to stop and think of what each character actually feel's like in different situations. She let's her fans actually get inside the head of her characters , or we have all been, known or heard of these characters .
My heart went out to Allison, we've all known a Blake, a Rae, a Mason, and other characters.
Karen is very informative, very knowledgable, she know's the in's and out's of whatever she write's, she must do research on making sure her details are accurate. Karen does not have to go into long details, her details are short and right on target. I could understand each character's outlook in life,
Karen is a very conscientious, caring, thoughtful, understanding person,she has compassion, love, and a quick wit, as you can see throughout her books. We would like to have Karen as a friend in real life.
I enjoyed this book very much and once again found it hard to put down. I also like the way Karen ends all of her stories, she doesn't go on and on and on with what happens to all the characters after the story ends. To me it would inhibit the main story. Just my Honest opinion.
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Safely YA. Some teen drinking king at a party and family drama w one girl w was suicidal but no cursing, no sex and very little descriptive making out. A few kisses w a cuddle very clean
The book. Was an enjoyable read. Was well written and flowed well but did run a predictable path, which disappointed me as the first few pages seemed fresh and captured my interest. Still, a good book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I would recommend this book to people. The author possesses many skills and doesn't focus on irrelevant stuff so you are never bored. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Trevor Gibbs
I enjoyed this inspiring novel of a young girl, "Rae". Her story was like many teenagers and their struggles in growing up, their peers, parents, in her case her mother, and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rita
Review from my 13 year old: I like the character development of Rae (the main character) and the story is relatable for kids who find themselves in a new place. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Toni Q.
This was a great quick read and a bargain at $1.99! I've started to read the second in the series and sadly it is very similar.Published 4 months ago by Jocelyn Lauer
Page turner for a quick easy read with no violence or sleaze.
Was a good choice for my first Kindle selection
This is a beautiful, easy to read, coming of age story about friendship, love, and discovering where home is. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Roxie Prince
I think that this was a great book for anyone
And it is a definite 4 or 5 star book