THE FANTASTIC BLOG HOP TOUR – Karen H. Vaughan
Join Karen H. Vaughan’s Blog Tour as she shares with us a few insights about herself, her writing, and excerpts from her book, DEAD COMIC STANDING!! Comments are encouraged, Q&A time!
Let’s start with a few words about Karen, shall we?
Karen Vaughan lives in Peterborough Ontario with her husband Jim and a four legged off spring named Sugar. She is the mom of a 22 year old daughter and four grown step children and a 21/2 year old grandson named Ike. DEAD COMIC STANDING is her second novel. Her first novel DEAD ON ARRIVAL garnered praise from friends, family and online gamers. She also enjoys doing crafts and other hobbies. Her latest book is called OVER HER DEAD BODY is the second book to DEAD ON ARRIVAL. DAYTONA DEAD is the third in that series which is soon to be released.
So, Karen, where are you from?
I live in Peterborough Ontario Canada
What sparked your interest in writing?
What components, in your opinion, makes a great story?
Loveable/hateable characters, amazing fast past plots and its gotta have some humor.
How would you generally categorize the books/stories you write?
light mystery, some people even call them cozies.
Do you set your books/stories in your home town, or do you prefer more exotic locations?
Most of the books I write take place in the Toronto area but I did place DEAD COMIC STANDING in Edmonton Alberta. I want to keep it Canadian. I also sent Laura and Gerry to Daytona Beach for their honeymoon in DAYTONA DEAD.
How much of your writing is based on people or events familiar to you?
I based Laura on me. It might sound egotistical but hey “write what you know.”
I have used some of my friends as shells of characters and I am currently killing off a former boss in my work in progress.
What inspired you to write Dead comic standing?
I had the opportunity to perform stand up comedy. I used this in a plot concerning a serial killer who hates comedians and starts slashing.
How did you come up with the title?
I thought of LAST COMIC STANDING and substituted dead.
What was the hardest part of the story to write?
Getting inside the head of a psychopath was rough. I am nuts but that was over the top.
What was the easiest part of the story to write?
The Comedy acts were a riot.
Was there much research involved?
I watched a lot of comedy showcases and researched serial killers
Is there a message in your story you want readers to grasp?
Not really I just want to entertain people.
What do you feel is your biggest strength as a writer?
I feel I do dialogue well and that I can incorporate comedy into the story.
When your first started writing, did anything about the writing process surprise you?
Editing sucks but it’s a necessary evil.
Do you celebrate when you finish a story, and if so, how?
I usually wait til the book is released.
Do you have a set writing routine?
No I am too lazy. I just write when an idea hits me.
Do you listen to music when you write?
Yep classic rock from the 70s
What do you like least about writing?
Give us a mini-tour of your writing space.
My kitchen table. I use a laptop but the tabletop is cluttered.
Which authors do you feel have influenced your writing most?
Janet Evanovich, Charlotte Hughes and Leslie Langtry
Name a few titles I’d find if I browsed through your personal home library.
The Thornbirds, The Stephanie plum collection and Beach Road by James Patterson.
If you could go back in time, what author would you most like to invite to share a chat and a bottle of wine?
Have any new authors caught your interest?
I have discovered a lot of new talented writers since being on facebook.
Find more from Karen at: http://karenwritesmurder.wordpress.com/
Excerpt from Dead Comic standing:
(This is squid Mahoneys routine from Dead Comic standing)
Hey hows everyone? Great crowd thanks for coming out for a great cause.
By applause any ex military or retired; did ya have a hard time adjusting to civilian Life?
I did –I figure a 58 yr old ex sailor –who wants to hire me?
So now I get to channel surf all day.
I have to admit I am damn good at it I can get from ESPN to TSN sports net in 5.6 seconds
My routine starts at 6 am even now. I get up with the little woman have breakfast and pat her behind on her way out to work –I hit the couch for a marathon of game shows right after I discard the latest incarnation of her HONEY DO list….
One day I had a nightmare after discovering The sports channels were jammed, and I was forced to watch Young and the restless. I can’t decide whether Victor Newman is the Devil incarnate or the figment of my imagination after sampling too many international beers. I have decided though that there should be a new mental illness category—Post Traumatic Reality Disorder –this usually is triggered by an entire afternoon of daytime dramas and calling my wife Susan –Nicky.
My wife threatened to sell my couch so I would get off my lazy butt. She had a few offers as long as the couch potato was not included. However they offered to pay more if couch potato would do dishes.
That went well for a week until they sent me home for greeting them at the door with Just a tool belt.
So I was lying on my couch, which fits by behind very well now, watching ESPN when the doorbell rang. Upset by being bothered, i looked thru the peephole in the door. Saw two young ladies and decided to check them out. Opened the door and was surprised that they backed up. Forgot i just had my shorts on. Oh ya – and had that hair sticking up in the back like Spanky in the little rascals. Well, they said they wanted to introduce me to their God. And for just a small donation they would give me literature that would change my life.
I thought for a bit and told them that if they would come in I would give them an experience for free that would change their lives!! Never seen two ladies run so fast!!!!!!!
Morale of this story is – Nothing is free and don’t mess with a retired sailor when he is eating chips and drinking a beer during the day!!!