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Overheard at a Booksigning: Totally true things people say at a signing

Very true exchanges between me and bookstore customers over the last two years.

Of my books on the signing table.

“Are these complimentary?”


Of the title, Janeology.

"Geez, is this ANOTHER book about Jane Austen?"

(After I stopped laughing, I said, no, it wasn't remotely concerned with Ms. Austen.)

Of my pitch - After his… Continue

Added by Karen Harrington on December 22, 2009 at 8:09am — No Comments

He's Just Not That Into...Valentine's

I just did a funny He Said/She Said with novelist Dave Diotalevi on the subject of Valentine's Day! Stop by and leave your thoughts! Will you take his side or mine?



Added by Karen Harrington on February 14, 2009 at 8:47am — No Comments

Book on over to BookingMama

BookingMama just gave JANEOLOGY a very interesting review, noting a few things no other reviewer has mentioned. Intrigued? Book on over and check out her site. She has a ton of great author interviews as well.

Added by Karen Harrington on October 4, 2008 at 8:57am — No Comments

We all grow up with the weight of history on us....

Our ancestors dwell in the attics of our brains as they do in the spiraling chains of knowledge hidden in every cell of our bodies. ~Shirley Abbott

My great aunt and uncle, Circa 1900

If you wish, read a chapter of JANEOLOGY, a novel that delves into the past generations of one Jane Nelson: daughter, wife, mother and tragic… Continue

Added by Karen Harrington on October 2, 2008 at 9:17am — No Comments

If PBS made a spoof show about being sexy and well read. Well, someone made a commercial for it at least.

Visit my blog, Scobberlotch, to see a hilarious PBS spoof video called "Llectuals."


K. Harrington
author, Janeology
Read an excerpt or view the trailer for Janeology by visiting

Added by Karen Harrington on September 18, 2008 at 6:34pm — No Comments

Join me for a compelling panel discussion examining women and madness from fiction and the front-pages at Murder By The Book

From Mothering to Madness: Houston’s Murder By The Book hosts an informative panel discussion examining women and madness from fiction and the front-pages

Attendees can expect an interesting afternoon at Houston’s Murder By The Books on Saturday, August 16, 2008 at 4:30 pm as psychiatric expert Dr. Debra Osterman and novelist Karen Harrington discuss incidents of women and madness in both the media and fiction.

The panel will be moderated by acclaimed novelist Rosemary… Continue

Added by Karen Harrington on August 5, 2008 at 8:42am — No Comments

Office Space meets Cinderella?

Got 60 seconds? That's the amount of time it would take to read the daily installments of CORPORELLA: An Office Space meets Cinderella tale set in the tough-as-(manicured)-nails Texas cosmetics industry.

This is one of many of my screenplays and I though I would serialize it on my blog throughout the month of June.

It's not Tolstoy, but if you've ever worked in a cubicle, this story has something for you.

Stop by… Continue

Added by Karen Harrington on June 3, 2008 at 11:00am — No Comments

Along Route 66

I just returned from a road trip from Texas to Illinois, crossing through Oklahoma and Missouri on the way. Much of this trip took us along Route 66. As any seasoned road-tripper knows, one passes ancient gas stations and Greyhounds. (We called them Road Dawgs when I worked there.) Truckers and trains. Red barns in various stages of beautiful decay. Yawning green pastures dotted with all forms of newly born animals. Fruit stands selling local plums and peaches. Waterways with names like Honey… Continue

Added by Karen Harrington on May 29, 2008 at 8:50am — No Comments

Behind the book: What drives a writer toward her subject?

I frequently get asked what prompted me to write a story about a mother who kills. It's a fair question. If you told me five years ago that I'd be writing about this subject, I might have looked at you like you had banana peel shoes. (And if you do own a pair of banana peel shoes, I mean no disrespect, but I hope you have good insurance.)

Ultimately, I did write about the subject of maternal filicide, but not without a good bit of trepidation. Though JANEOLOGY is set in motion by… Continue

Added by Karen Harrington on May 14, 2008 at 8:33pm — No Comments

Author Interview at Beyond The Books

Check out my interview about the writing process and more!

Many other great books are featured on this site as well. Lots of great info.


Author, Janeology
"What did Jane do and why?"

Added by Karen Harrington on May 7, 2008 at 8:16am — No Comments

Short, Short, Short Story Contest - Win a copy of JANEOLOGY

Janeology just received a 5 Bolt review from the New Mystery Reader. Woo!

To celebrate the event, I have a couple first edition, signed, hardback copies of Janeology to give away to my most creative friends.

All you have to do to prove your creativity is write a ten word story about a dysfunctional family. (See, Jane’s family is pretty dysfunctional so, well, you get the idea.) It can’t be… Continue

Added by Karen Harrington on May 6, 2008 at 8:30am — No Comments

How To Build a Successful Writing Career in 3 Easy Steps

Step one: Make sacrifices to get the book written

Charles Bock, author of Beautiful Children, has said,

"Truth is I worked on this novel for 10 years. Not ten years of watching Seinfeld at 11 PM. Ten years of a high priority in my life. When I was dating the woman who is now my wife, I would only go out with her two nights a week because I couldn't give more time to… Continue

Added by Karen Harrington on May 5, 2008 at 9:58am — No Comments

Authorlink Interviews Debut Author Karen Harrington and Publisher, Derek Armstrong from Kunati Books

Swing by to hear the April BookBites Audio feature, including an interview with me, which is good - and an interview with my publisher, Derek Armstrong of Kunati Books, which is VERY good. In the interview, Armstrong talks about the publishing industry today, what skills are necessary and why he published JANEOLOGY - the thriller Booklist calls " much a character study as a legal thriller."…


Added by Karen Harrington on April 7, 2008 at 9:04pm — No Comments

Twas the night before publication, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, except my computer mouse. A few author copies were stacked on the table with care, In hopes that St. Opr…

Twas the night before publication, when all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, except my computer mouse.

A few author copies were stacked on the table with care,

In hopes that St. Oprah, would one day be there.

My children were nestled and snug in their beds,

While visions of royalty checks danced in their heads.

And hubby by the TV, and I by my dog,

I’d just settled down to write a new… Continue

Added by Karen Harrington on March 31, 2008 at 9:50pm — No Comments

The past is not dead. It isn't even past. -- William Faulkner, 1897-1962

Me and my sister, 1971

"Unless there is a force more powerful to change the course of a person's life, he is destined to unwillingly take on the traits of his progenitors," she said with complex confidence, as if this idea was as well proved as gravity.- Janeology

My daughters,… Continue

Added by Karen Harrington on March 21, 2008 at 8:48am — No Comments

Taking a dip in the gene pool

NBC just announced a new show called Who Do You Think You Are – a show that will trace the ancestries of celebrities, promising to find certain unusual connections and “revealing previously unknown stories about their ancestors.”

Finally, a show for me. I’m all for… Continue

Added by Karen Harrington on March 15, 2008 at 1:52pm — No Comments

Can't sing? Blame your parents.

Listen up American Idol wannabes: It’s not Simon Cowell’s fault. It’s in your genes.

Genetic researchers in the U.S. recently suggested that one gene may hold the key to one’s ability to have perfect pitch – a trait found in only 1 in 10,000 people.

A study including 2,200 participants done at the University of California, San Francisco, found that people with perfect pitch can instantly pick out the pure tones with ease.(Nature) And those with the ability most often had… Continue

Added by Karen Harrington on March 13, 2008 at 9:49am — No Comments

What made you choose your pen name?

As I inch closer to my publication date (20 days and counting) I've been thinking about the idea of pen names. I wonder how many of my writer friends had already chosen a pen name before they finished their novels. I know I dreamt about this for years. I was the book nerd version of the girl who, instead of scribbling her imaginary married name on her Charlies' Angels pocket folder, wrote various versions of a nom de plume. We won't go into the various combinations I wrote down. Suffice it to… Continue

Added by Karen Harrington on March 11, 2008 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Book promotion...with a little help from a friend

Even God took a day of rest from His work, so in this writer's life today, I tried to stay away from the computer. I bought Easter dresses for my girls, helped them practice their ballet steps and read a good bit of Horton Hears a Whoo.

While out shopping, some marketing wizards stacked at least 100 stuffed Hortons right, smack in the front of the store, in front of my 3 and 4 year olds. So now, Horton, is a part of our family, already showing his preference for fine literature (and… Continue

Added by Karen Harrington on March 7, 2008 at 10:30am — No Comments

Audio Interview Impresses Dogs

On Thursday, I did an audio interview with the great folks over at Authorlink (, which, according to my real-time audience (pictured here) was both riveting and inspirational. They particularly liked my description of JANEOLOGY as the "prose-filled equivalent of looking at Jane Nelson's family photo album, including eight of her ancestors, until all the family secrets are laid bare." I got two paws up for that.

The… Continue

Added by Karen Harrington on March 6, 2008 at 10:30am — No Comments

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