Hi Karen, and welcome to the July edition of Accent On …
The Cornish Hotel by the Sea is – obviously – set in Cornwall. I believe you lived in Cornwall for some years. Did you find it very different from living in the Midlands?
Yes, the pace of life is a lot slower and there’s much less focus on what you own. I holidayed in Cornwall for years when my daughters were young, camping, caravanning and staying in B&B’s before moving down there to live so I knew if very well. It’s a beautiful place and I lived there for almost a decade in a bungalow ten minutes walk from the sea. I haven’t been back for a visit for a few years now but it will always hold a special place in my heart.
What was the inspiration behind The Cornish Hotel by the Sea?
I like to take my heroines off to holiday places in my romance novels, Kendall in Never Say Forever goes off to Spain, Amber in The Millionaire Plan goes to Devon, Cassie in I do?..or do I? travels to Venice and France so I thought it was time I set a novel in Cornwall. Remembering how many of the young left their sleepy Cornish villages for the bright lights of the city gave me the idea for the story, I threw in the dilemma of whether Ellie should return when her widowed mother falls ill and help her save the family hotel and a sexy but shady hero and I was off.
I’m lucky enough to have my own study to write in now, and most of the time I write in silence although occasionally I play some Sixties music or a bit of Country! I started my writing career when my four daughters were small though and often worked on the kitchen table or in a corner of the lounge, so I can write anywhere and don’t mind background noise.
When you’re not writing, what do you like to read, and where is your favourite place for reading?
I love to read and have no favourite place, like writing I’ll read anywhere! I like romantic novels, emotional drama, comedy, autobiographies – most things except for horror – I get scared easily – or ‘misery memoirs’, which I find too upsetting to read.
Physical book or e-reader? And why?
I prefer physical books – nothing beats the smell of a book or the actual feel of a book in your hand but I’m happy to use an e-reader too, they’re great for taking on holiday or travelling.
How did you come to be published by Accent Press? And what can we look forward to next?
By an amazing stroke of luck. I sent them the manuscript for I do?..or do I? and they liked it and asked me to write two more romance novels, and also wanted to publish my backlist. I was doing a *happy dance* for quite a while. My third book comes out next year.
If you were locked in a well-stocked library overnight, what book would you choose to help you pass the time?
Gone with the Wind, it’s a great read and there are no scary bits to give me the creeps.
Is there anything you’d like to tell readers about yourself which might surprise them?
A lot of people are surprised to learn that I started my writing career with Jackie magazine, and wrote for teen and children’s magazines and children’s books for years before turning to YA and romance.
It’s been a pleasure chatting with you today, Karen. Thank you so much for joining me.
And finally… more about Karen and where you can find her book…
A member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, the Society of Authors and the Society of Women Writers and Journalists, Karen King writes sassy, fun, heart-warming romance. The Cornish Hotel by the Sea is her second chicklit for Accent Press, her first – I do?… or do I? was published last year and there is another one in the process of publication. In addition, Accent Press have republished her earlier romance novels, The Millionaire Plan and Never Say Forever. Karen has also written several short stories for women’s magazine and had 120 children’s books published. When she isn’t writing, Karen likes travelling, watching the ‘soaps’ and reading. Give her a good book and a box of chocolates and she thinks she’s in Heaven.
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“A feel-good summer escape.” Mandy Baggot
Ellie Truman’s widowed mum is struggling to keep Gwel Teg, the family hotel in Cornwall, afloat. Ellie is determined to do everything in her power to help her, even if that means moving back to the sleepy Cornish village she fled from broken-hearted a few years ago.
Things go wrong from the start and she’s grateful for the help from hunky guest, Reece Mitchell. But does Reece have ulterior motives? Will Ellie’s efforts be for nothing?