I thought I’d start with a little about myself. I was an only child so books opened all the worlds I wanted to visit, gave me friends to spend winter afternoons with, and invited me into a future that included literature – I was an English and French major in college – popular fiction, and a progressive way of looking at the world. I fell in love with words and poetry and expressing feelings in both. When I was bored, I made up stories in my mind – in class, in church, in the backyard. When I listened to music, I created stories to go with the songs. The emotions in music also drove my plotlines and today when I get stuck, they still can.
Because I was an only child, I loved family events. From a traditional Italian family, I was able to participate in them often. We lived next door to my grandfather. On weekends, aunts and uncles came from New York and Philadelphia and Lancaster to sit on park benches around the front porch on a corner lot to tell stories, play games with the children, and cook up a storm. We were a small community within a community of caring neighbors. The books I write today reflect those small communities and the caring that accompanies them.
I wrote poetry in high school and college, began a novel, and after back surgery interrupted my life style started with short stories and ended with novels. I wrote for six years and finished thirteen manuscripts before I sold two in one week to two different publishers! I’ve been writing three to four books a year ever since and have been fortunate and blessed to have them published. I began writing with Meteor/Kismet and Silhouette and have since published with Kensington and Harlequin. A best kept secret is that I’ve also written romances and science fiction short stories under pseudonyms.
My new series – THE BABY EXPERTS – will include six books, all set in fictional Sagebrush outside of Lubbock, Texas. My experts are all professional women – a pediatrician, a midwife, a neonatologist, a baby development practitioner, a pediatric ear, nose and throat doctor and a fertility specialist. The first book in the series for Silhouette Special Edition, LULLABY FOR TWO, is a reunion romance and debuted in March. May’s book, THE MIDWIFE’S GLASS SLIPPER–the second in the series–will be followed by BABY BY SURPRISE in September. All the women at some point live in an old Victorian house in Sagebrush. After the first three books, rumors fly around town that any woman who lives in the house will find true love!
This year I was also asked to join a Special Edition continuity for Silhouette’s Diamond anniversary. I have written book 2, THE TEXAS BODYGUARD’S PROPOSAL, which will be released in August. This book is a little different from what I usually write and it was fun to create. I’ve included excerpts and info about my releases on my website at www.karenrosesmith.com.
I just want to close this entry with a few other aspects of who I am and what I like to write. Family and friends are all-important to me. I love animals. After having cats all my life, we rescued a farm kitten who was sick and a few months later adopted her half-sister. Since my son lives across the country, they are my babies now. My husband is my college sweetheart and still the love of my life. The words that run across my computer in sleep-mode are Create…Challenge…Cherish. That about sums up the way I look at life.
It’s a pleasure blogging with you today.
Karen Rose Smith