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Karen Harrington's Blog – May 2008 Archive (5)

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

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