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A Q&A with Karen McQuestion

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.

From School Library Journal

Gr 7-10-For 15-year-old Rae Maddox, home is wherever her mother finds a job, and each home doesn't last long. Gina, a manicurist by profession, won't tell Rae who her father is, and won't let her get too close to her grandparents. When they move to Wisconsin, near enough to her grandparents to visit, Rae hopes that she can finally settle down, make friends, and finish high school in one place. She makes two friends, does well academically, and even has a shot at romance. Then the vice principal asks Rae to help new student Allison adjust to the school. At first, Rae is put off by Allison's aloof attitude. As she and her mom learn about Allison's sad story and get drawn into her problems, Rae begins to discover more about her mother and her own troubled past. McQuestion's story (AmazonEncore, 2011) is interesting, and Rae is a typical teen whose main faults seem to be that she is bland enough to blend in wherever she goes and she tends to use a bit of profanity. Emily Beresford's narration is enthusiastic, but at times she is so emotional that it detracts from the story and becomes irritating. Still, this story featuring a strong protagonist who has mastered the art of being the new girl will appeal to girls who are fans of this genre.-MaryAnn Karre, West Middle School, Binghamton, NYα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 6
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1469231077
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469231075
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.6 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,257,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Stacy L. Daniels on February 23, 2010
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Life on Hold is a moving story of understanding, empathy, and maturity as 15-year old Rae and her nomadic mother both have some growing up to do. Forced to move to a new place almost every year, Rae desperately wants roots, a sense of family, and a place to belong. Although she tries to make herself invisible and stay out of trouble, two seemingly insignificant incidents lead to her being paired with a troubled new student. As Rae reluctantly shows Allison around the school and introduces her to her two friends, she really just wants to finish this duty and go back to her normal routine, but Allison's stories don't add up and Rae is curious to discover the truth of Allison's traumatic past. Rae and her mother reach out to Allison and try to help her to heal and Rae finally allows herself to both be a good friend and to open up more to others. Helping Allison also enables Rae and her mother to face some long-lasting problems in their relationship and to reach a new understanding of one another. Great character development and growth, realistic dialogue, and a touching storyline. Highly recommend!
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This was a beautiful coming of age story about Rae, a young girl that decides she is tired of a life of being shuffled around at the whim of her flaky mother from small town to small town all over the country, never laying down permanent roots. She allows herself to form more lasting friendships and even a romance as she decides that this time things will be different.

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!!!!!!!!
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This is another great book by the Author. All of her books are great if you love a good story about everyday life with great characters, and her newest is no different. This particular story would be great for the highschool age on up. I wish there had been more stories like this back when I was younger. I love her character of Rae and how empowered she made her. I bought the Kindle version and the formatting was great. I can't wait for more of her books, they have become a must read for me.
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I love the fact that through Kindle I'm finding so many great authors that I might not have found otherwise. Karen McQuestion is one that I'm so glad I've had the privilege to read!

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!
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Another Great story Karen... Life on Hold

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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I always start w a content rating:
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.
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Are was in High School, trying to fit in and met some other teenagers who wanted the same thing. High School is difficult enough, but always being the new student is a nightmare. When Alison came to tell same school , Rae was asked to mentor her. She did this and found out Alison came with her own baggage. Great read for anyone who has a child in High School.
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