I’m Karen Cogan, a writer of sweet contemporary and historical romance.
I have several Regency books in print that were a wonderful learning experience. I enjoyed traveling back in time to ballrooms and proscribed manners. All of my historical contain an element of mystery. My most recent Regency is titled A RELATIVE MATTER. It involves a young woman who has a younger brother who inherits s an estate after their grandfather’s dies. Unfortunately, her brother stands in the way of a man who would inherit the estate should her brother die. He has no qualms about murdering Jeremy. Only one valiant man stands between the heroine and disaster.
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I have always wanted to be a writer. I scribbled stories from the time I could hold a pencil However, my biggest challenge in writing the book mentioned above, as well as my other novels, has been having a consistent amount of time each day that I set apart for writing. Life can be busy and a myriad of activities always beg for attention. I have had to hold firmly to my plan to keep my writing a priority. It doesn’t hurt that I have a cozy chair in the living room and a dog that likes to lie at my feet to support me in this goal.
I know many people who have told me they have a story, memoir or novel in their head. They say they really long to write it someday. My best advice is to simply begin. Don’t wait until you feel you have the right words. Don’t be afraid of what others may think about your effort or product. If you want to write a story, it comes down to one thing. Sit down and write. Let it flow from your mind and your heart.
Worry about the complex editing later.
What books do you currently have on your bedside table?
The books on my bedside “to read” list are new works of Dean Koontz, THE SILENT CORNER and THE WHISPERING ROOM. He has had an influence on my work because I admire the way he handles character development. He also handles description in a way that makes the story world come alive.
How do you market your writing?
I market my writing on Amazon Kindle and Create Space. I also have my work on Smashwords and Kobo. U-tube videos feature episodes in which I read excerpts from my selected novels. I have an e-mail list where I keep in touch with my fans to let them know about new and free releases.
Lastly, something fun. What’s something our readers might not know about you?
Promise not to tell? I have absolutely no sense of direction. If I don’t park in the same spot at the grocery store each week, I lose my car. I get turned around in the local mall and I can’t tell you if I’m going north or south, east or west. You definitely don’t want to hire me as a tour guide.
By Karen Cogan
In this sweet Regency romance, life in India is idyllic for Anne Tyler and her younger brother, Jeremy until the deaths of their parents shatter their world. They are sent to England to live with a grandfather that neither remembers. However, as the years pass, the kindly man proves a balm for their wounded hearts. His death, when it comes, is a cruel blow.
Though his will leaves the estate to Jeremy, the boy is not yet of age. His grandfather’s nephew, a man with a mysterious past, is named guardian of the property and soon arrives to take up his duty. Unfortunately, the man has a son who is both evil and cunning. Since he stands to inherit the estate should Jeremy die, he will stop at nothing to get his hands on the property.
Murder and threats of murder soon haunt their every move. Standing between them and disaster is the handsome Lord Westerfield, a man who promises to defend Anne and Jeremy, even at risk to his own life.