I’m delighted to welcome Karen King, author of I do?…or do I? to Linda’s Book Bag today. I do?…or do I? was published by Accent Press on 12th May 2016 and is available for purchase on Amazon, by following the links on Accent Press, from Waterstones, Book Depository and W H Smith.
Karen and I were discussing the merits of writing for both children and adults and before we knew where we were we had a guest post!
I Do?…Or Do I?
Local journalist Cassie is getting married to hot-shot lawyer, reliable Timothy, and his mother Sylvia, who Cassie has nicknamed ‘Monster-in-Law’, wants to plan the entire wedding. When Sylvia books the exclusive ID Images to take photographs of the extravagant do, Cassie has no idea what she’s walking into.
The elusive JM, ID Images’ newest photographer, just so happens to be Jared, Cassie’s first love and ex-fiancé, who broke off their engagement to travel and take photos of far-reaching wonders. He’s back to pay for his next wild adventure.
Cassie decides it’s best to pretend not to know him, but when she’s asked to write an article for her newspaper, she’s tasked with a column surrounding all things wedding related. When Cassie jokingly writes a column meant for herself depicting her situation, a co-worker submits it in place of the real article and it’s soon making headlines, with readers asking the age old question – Who Will She Choose?
A Mini Interview with Karen King
Hi Karen. Welcome to Linda’s Book Bag to chat about writing for adults and children.
Hi Linda. Thank you for inviting me on your blog to talk about the difference between writing for adults and children. This is an interesting topic for me, as you know I spent the first twenty years of my writing career writing for children but now write for adults too.
Who do you prefer to write for?
I love writing for children because they are happy to immerse themselves in a story and willing to suspend belief. For them, anything is possible. Providing your characters are realistic and the plotline credible you’ve got them hooked so you can give your imagination free reign. But I love writing for adults too, because I love exploring adult relationships and dealing with contemporary issues. The Millionaire Plan and ‘I do…or do I?’ feature heroines who are marrying for the wrong reasons then meet someone who makes them rethink so they have a tough decision to make. Whereas Never Say Forever and my next two novels (my next one will be published next Spring) feature heroines who don’t want to settle down in a serious relationship then along comes a guy they just can’t resist so they have this big emotional battle. That’s sort of what happened to me when I met my second husband a few years ago!
Do you think adult readers are more cynical than children?
I think adults are far more cynical and can find it difficult to suspend belief, not surprising as we’ve had more experience of the world than children. Whilst a child will happily believe in fairies, monsters under the bed and magical cars that fly you to the moon an adult obviously won’t. A lot of adults don’t believe in true love never mind magic! However, children have sharper eyes! If you have something in your story that’s wrong, a child will spot it, write to you and point it out. Even something as random as your T Rex dinosaur having too many toes!
Do children and adults read for different reasons?
I think that both children and adults read for the same reasons. Most readers choose a book either for escapism or because they relate to the main character and plot. Children whose parents have got divorced might like to read a story about a character whose parents are divorced/getting divorced so they can see how they cope with it. Similarly, we adults like to read about characters going through the same sort of stuff as we are. But we also like to escape from reality sometimes and read about characters in far-away exotic places, or a psychological thriller that keeps us hooked to the end.
Absolutely right Karen. As adults we can travel and experience life vicariously in pure escapism!
Is it more important to have a happy resolution for children than adults?
For young children, it’s important to have a happy ending, they need to feel that all’s safe with the world. Older children know that bad stuff happens, that things don’t always work out okay but you still need a ‘feel good’ ending, so that even if things don’t pan out your character is stronger and can now cope with what life deals with them. For all children, I think your story needs to end with hope. For adults, it’s different. I write romances so readers expect a ‘happy ever after’ ending to these but for other genres anything can happen at the end. Look at the end of Gone Girl and my favourite book of all time Gone with the Wind. For adult readers it’s all about the ride.
Who do you think gets the most joy from reading, children or adults?
It’s difficult to say. Children, once they learn to read, will devour books. I can remember reading as a child, so immersed in the story that I was oblivious to my surroundings. I used to literally laugh out loud at the Just William books. I don’t think adults immerse themselves so deeply but we still enjoy reading. It’s time out from our normal everyday life. For me reading is a treat to myself. When I’ve worked hard all day, curling up with a book for a couple of hours in the evening is payback. And if I’ve got a bar of chocolate too even better.
That sounds perfect to me! Thanks for being on Linda’s Book Bag Karen.
Thank you for having me Linda.
About Karen King
A member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, the Society of Authors and the Society of Women Writers and Journalists, Karen King writes sassy, contemporary romance just right for reading on the beach. ‘I do – or do I?‘ is her first chick-lit for Accent Press and has recently been nominated for the RONA. She has been contracted for two more chick-lit novels. In addition, Accent Press have republished her earlier romance novels, The Millionaire Plan and Never Say Forever.
Karen has also written several short stories for women’s magazine and had 120 children’s books published, many of which can be found here.
When she isn’t writing, Karen likes travelling, watching the ‘soaps’ and reading. Give her a good book and a box of chocolates and she thinks she’s in Heaven.