Monday, October 13, 2014

Interview with Kari Edgren

Last week I reviewed Goddess Born, a delicious historical romance set in 18th century Pennsylvania, with a semi-divine heroine and a dreamy, mysterious hero. It was a wildly fun escapist read, just what I need in the countdown to Little Reader's arrival, and I'm delighted to share my interview with the author, Kari Edgren. Please read on to learn more about her and this book, and be sure to enter the giveaway at the end!

What was the plot of your very first piece of fiction?

When I was younger I did all my storytelling in my head, so my first recorded piece of fiction didn’t come about until well into adulthood. That was about a girl who moved from Seattle to Mississippi after her father died and ended up falling in love with a ghost. I seem to kill the parents a lot in my stories, which is odd since I adore my parents. It must be an issue with authority.

Do you have any writing rituals or routines?

I’m one of those rare writers who can’t write in my pajamas. I have to be showered, dressed and otherwise presentable. I like to have a brief outline for the day with a clearly defined end-goal. I also just had a table (sort of like a wall ironing board) mounted next to my treadmill so I can walk while I write. It’s amazing!

Was Goddess Born the original title of your book?

It took me two years and about a dozen titles before I came up with Goddess Born. Some writers I know just seem to pull fabulous titles out of the air without breaking a sweat. Not me. I need enough time to torture the entire English language and about every person of my acquaintance before I’m satisfied.

As you were writing Goddess Born, was there a particular scene or character that surprised you?

So many! I am a mix between a panster and a plotter. I like an end goal, but love the surprises that come along the way. To choose one scene/character, I’d say in the garden with Brigid.

When you’re not writing, what do you like to do?

I love to cook. Sometimes when I get really stressed out with writing, I’ll escape to the kitchen to unwind. Cinnamon rolls are a go-to when my brain needs a break.

Read any good books recently?

I just discovered Jojo Moyes and thoroughly enjoyed One Plus One. It had such a good message about the power of strangers and how we’re stronger together. I’m 3% into The Bronze Horseman by Paulina Simons. It’s still too early for certainty, but I think I’m really going to like it.

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My thanks to Ms. Edgren for her time and thoughtful responses.  You can learn more about her and her book at her website, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.


I'm thrilled to offer an e-book copy of Goddess Born to one lucky reader! To enter, fill out this brief form. Open to US and international readers, ends 10/24.

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