I’m happy to kick off a new month with an author interview. Karen Einsel is a writer I connected with from the Indies Unite for Joshua fundraiser. She was kind enough to share her own story about having a son who had leukemia, and offered encouragement and support to Joshua. I’m thrilled to have you learn more about her and her writing.
Please welcome the lovely and very funny, Karen Einsel.
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In Karen’s own words …
Wow! My first blog interview. I’m so excited. Thank you Eden for inviting me. I love questions, but normally it’s me asking them. I tend to drive people batty with my inquisitive nature. But I like to answer questions too. So let’s get started and hopefully I won’t bore you with my answers.
I’m just me. I’ve lived my entire life in Sunny California. I started writing after I closed up my gift shop and have only been writing for a year. I write mainly contemporary romance novels and read mainly Stephen King novels, but have discovered there are many new authors with some wonderfully written novels and short stories that I love to share and help promote.
Amy knows she wants just one man’s attention, just one to unleash her passion and connect with, but which one? There’s Tom, her best friend forever, whom she’s had a crush on since they were just kids. Then there’s Dr. Grant Graysen, the veterinarian that took over her father’s practice, but wait…Is that Kent, her ex husband, the most passionate man she has ever known, what’s he doing here?
Inside Karen Einsel’s Mind
What is your idea of perfect happiness? I don’t believe there is a perfect happiness. There are many things that make me happy like, family, friends, writing, camping, crafts, doing yard work, etc. But I can’t picture perfect happiness.
What turns you on creatively? Hmm…Depends on what I’m creating. If it’s writing, it could be a TV show or a certain song. Sometimes the story I’m working on, will trigger another story. If it’s designing a gift basket or party set, just driving by someone’s house, that’s having a party, will trigger an idea.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? AWESOME! lol
What quality do you most admire in a man? Gee I feel like I’m creating a bio for a dating site…Woman seeks man! No, I’m kidding. A man has to have a great sense of humor. To me that’s the one thing I admire the most. Then they have to be kind, caring, passionate, love kids and animals, and it doesn’t matter what they look like. They can look like Ozzy Osbourne, Stephen King, Larry the Cable Guy, or a nerd with glasses. Oops, sorry still filling out my dating preferences. Kidding. Just kidding! Sorry guys I’m not available.
What quality do you most admire in a woman? Self Confidence. I admire a woman who is self confident in who she is and what she does. Many women struggle with their self confidence, including myself at times.
What is your greatest regret? Getting married. (That’s all I’m going to say on that). Not spending enough quality time with family and friends that are no longer here. Not taking better care of me.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? My self confidence of course!
What is your greatest fear? Well I’ve heard that everyone has a twin somewhere, so my biggest fear would be; Tried, convicted, and sent to death row for mistaken identity and a crime I didn’t commit.
Which living person do you most admire? That’s easy! My Dad!
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? I’ve had so many different ones, but after going to the grocery store yesterday I might take up teaching baggers how to bag groceries and teach cashiers better customer service, or then again, maybe I’ll just become a professional pole dancer.
If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? Well since I believe in reincarnation, I want to come back as one of my dogs, who are extremely spoiled. Actually it’s funny that this is one of the questions, because I was lying in bed the night before last and was thinking of a story involving reincarnation and the end of the world.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? My sons.
What is the trait you most deplore in others? Closed mindedness and negativity.
What is your greatest extravagance? Food! I love to eat!
What is one thing you want to do before you die? Spend New Year’s Eve in Times Square.
What is your favorite music (genre/artist/album/song)? Mostly 80’s rock. I love Ozzy Osbourne, ACDC, Def Leppard. Tom Petty, etc. I also like Rob Thomas & Matchbox 20 from the 90’s. Neil diamond and the Rolling Stones. If I listen to country it has to be old school, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Conway Twitty, etc.
What are some of your favorite curse words? I love this question! I don’t curse! Lol Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a prude or anything and I have an interesting history with curse words starting from when I was little and my sisters were teenagers and their favorite word for everything was “Bitchen” and my mom always threatening them that she was going to wash their mouths out with soap. Mom believed ladies didn’t say those words because it didn’t sound nice.
As a teenager I had a very colorful vocabulary and some huge bruises on my arms because my cousin and I decided we needed to stop cursing, so every time we’d curse we punched each other. I quit cursing when I had my first son. I believed in teaching by “example” instead of “do as I say and not as I do” When he was 9 and my niece was 11, they were playing football in the house and after repeated warnings from me, my niece put her shoulder through one of my living room windows (no she wasn’t hurt) but both of their mouths dropped open when I said dammit! And anytime cursing is brought up at family gatherings that story is shared.
I had a boss that would apologize very time he cursed. I finally had to tell him I don’t have virgin ears, his cursing didn’t bother, so quit saying you’re sorry. My middle son will slap his friends upside their head and tell them, “Watch your mouth around my mother.” And my youngest son tells me, “Mom H.E.L.L. is a word. It’s in the dictionary, you can say Hell.” That’s okay, I’ll stick with Hades it’s more poetic sounding.
And my favorite story about cursing…When my mother got older (late 60’s) I had to threaten her with washing her mouth out with soap. “Mom watch your language!” “I don’t care He makes me so F-ing mad, dammit!” Who knows, maybe when I get older I’ll integrate some of those colorful words back into my vocabulary. Only time will tell.
What is your motto? Treat everyday as a new adventure because you never know what tomorrow might bring.
Thank you Karen for being such a wonderful guest. I’m happy to be your first.
I invite all readers to leave Karen a comment or ask her a question.
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