For the record, please state your name.
What inspired you to become a writer?
I’ve always thought it would be cool to write a book. In college, (while studying elementary education) in my literacy courses, I’d peruse the picture books and nonfiction children’s books and dream about writing my own book. At the time, it seemed impossible, but as the internet expanded and companies like Amazon grew, the dream started to take shape and become a reality. When my twin daughters went to kindergarten, I set aside time each day to dedicate to writing. Surprisingly, the story that unfolded in my head was not for elementary students, but it was better suited for young adults who enjoy supernatural thrillers. When I finished the first series, The Scintillate Series, I transitioned to adult romantic suspense and began The Savage Security Series.
What are your hobbies?
Writing is by far my most time-consuming hobby. The pull of the unfinished story is undeniable. I crave time behind the computer screen so I can create or edit the alternate realities that form in my head.
What interests are you into?
I enjoy taking trips with my daughters and husband. We live in North Carolina, so the beach and the mountains are easily available. We also journey into Virginia to visit Busch Gardens and Water Country in Williamsburg. We always get the summer passes and try to take as many trips as possible.
What is your username on the different social media platforms? (do you want this information to be published) Yes
Facebook is the social media platform that I use the most. I try to post at least 4 – 5 times a week.
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/karentjebbenauthor
Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.com/karentjebben/
Instagram – https://instagram.com/karentjebben/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/KTjebbenAuthor
Tumbler – http://karentjebben.tumblr.com/
Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Karen-Tjebben/e/B00F1VIJKQ
What did you do before you became a published author?
Before writing, I taught elementary school for ten years in California and North Carolina. Teaching is an amazing career. Watching students mature and reach for their dreams is very rewarding.
When I became a mother, I left teaching to stay home with my twin daughters. Nurturing them through their lives is awesome. They are incredible young ladies with gentle hearts and exciting ambitions.
What advice would you give any newbie author or anyone that wants to pick up writing?
Perseverance and dedication are key ingredients to success. You must read daily and write even when you’re not inspired. Find a trusted friend to read your books and give you their honest opinion. Be open to their suggestions, but most importantly, fall in love with your characters. If you don’t love them, your readers won’t either.
Can you tell us, in your own words not the book description, a little about your books?
My Savage Security books are a mixture of romance and suspense infused with a healthy dose of creep factor.
Blood Kiss is about a woman who is threatened by a stalker. Alisha is pro-active. She isn’t waiting around to see what her stalker will do. She decides that she will protect herself. While gun shopping, she meets Mike, a man with the skills and the heart to help her. I love Alisha and Mike. They are both smart, assertive, and have big hearts.
Avenging Kiss is about revenge. Summing up this book is more difficult. There isn’t one main character or hero. Instead, Avenging Kiss explores the reality that one’s actions don’t just affect that one person, but rather the truth that actions have unintended consequences that can negatively affect others. The problem/solution is resolved in Avenging Kiss, but some threads are left dangling.
Coveted Kiss deals with the fallout from Avenging Kiss. It can be read independently of Avenging Kiss, but it would be most enjoyed after reading Avenging Kiss. Jack is in full alpha-male mode as he protects Bella in the aftermath of Hazeem’s murder attempt. Logan discovers the history behind Aditya’s actions and learns how to forgive. Hazeem realizes that he’s not as brave as he thought he was. And the men of Savage Security must hunt down the terrorists living within their community.
Who are your cover designers?
Christine MacClellan from Rushing Water Studios designed the covers for my supernatural series – Scintillate Series – and my romantic thriller series – Savage Security Series. http://rushingwaterstudios.com
What authors are your inspiration?
I can’t just say one. I love Stephen King, Anne Rice, and Dean Koontz. I love thrillers with a hint of the supernatural. For the romantic in me, I love Elle Casey, Elise Sax, and Trish McCallen. Their books fall into the romantic comedy or romantic suspense category.
Are you working on anything at the moment?
I am working on the rough draft for the fourth book in the Savage Security Series. Stolen Kiss is about a serial killer who unintentionally crosses the paths of the men from Savage Security.
Do you have any pets?
We have two hamsters that are adored and treasured by my daughters.
What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” Jane Austin’s wit and wisdom are evident in this quote from Pride and Prejudice. In a time when a woman’s social standing and standard of living depended on a husband, every single man was considered eligible, but the wealthy man was the ultimate prize.
Do you have anything you would like to say to your readers?
Thank you! Thank you for choosing to read one of my books. Everyone’s time is precious and fleeting, and I want my readers to know that I appreciate them sharing their time with me.
Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to do this interview with us!!!