1. What’s your favorite thing about being a writer?

This is a tough one. I don’t think of myself as a capital-w Writer most of the time. I have not been published much and don’t really put myself out there – this neurosis should probably get its own book. There are some freedoms of personality that come with being a writer, especially a woman past 35. I can dress a little more colorfully because I’m “artsy” but still seem professional. There are societal assumptions ascribed to writers that are not the same as those hung on accountants or doctors, and I like to take full advantage of these assumptions.

  1. What is your least favorite question in regards to your writing? (ex. How’s it going? When are you going to write the next Harry Potter?) ?

Why don’t you publish more? See above mentioned neurosis.

  1. What is, for you, the best time of day, day of the week, and location in which to write? 

Whatever time or place is closest to the deadline. Or furthest from my bed.

  1. Pens or pencils?

Purple Bic Crystal pens, Palomino Blackwing pencils cause I’m fancy.

  1. What’s your favorite word or words? What about it/them appeals to you?

Kerfuffle is my current favorite – the meaning resonates with my personal narrative and it feels and sounds like something from Dr. Seuss. Viceroy is another long-time favorite, as is plummet and vestibule. All three because they are fun to say and rather old-fashioned.

Bonus question: Batman vs Spiderman – who wins?

Batman, duh. Parents dying verses an uncle? And have you even seen the bat cave? There is no spider cave.


There is, indeed, no spider cave. Come out and hear Karen read on January 10th at 7pm at Charmingtons for our first Writers and Words of 2017.  Be gone, 2016 – we could not be more done with you.

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