I had an email from a young lady the other day. I receive all kinds of emails but the ones I enjoy most, however, are when people ask me to interview them. Karina Gioertz asked me for an interview and how could I say no? I am proud to present Karina Gioertz to you!
Q) Nice to meet you, Karina! So tell me– how did you get into writing?
A) Starting with the big question, I see! Well, I’ve actually been writing for as long as I can remember. Even as a child I loved making up my own little stories and filling my notebooks with them. As I got older I moved on to Poetry. My writing just sort of kept evolving, and in 2011, I finally wrote my first novel.
Q) Tell me about your early stories. What did you write about? What set your imagination on fire?
A) As a child? All of my stories revolved around animals. The first one I can remember was about a cat named Daisy. I think it’s because I always wanted a pet but my mother wouldn’t allow it, so I created my own, so to speak.
Q) What have you been up to lately? Any new book releases?
A) I released two books back-to-back last month. One is a Thriller called Blood Bound and the other is a YA Romance called This Christmas.
Q) Tell me about Blood Bound! Where can people get it? What’s it about?
A) Blood Bound is the story of three cousins who have been estranged for over a decade but who must come together as they seek justice for one of their own. It’s about greed and corruption as well as redemption and strength of a family bond. It is currently only available as an E-book on Amazon, but will also be out as a paperback in the coming weeks.
Q) It sounds interesting to me! Do you believe self publishing is the future of publishing?
A) I’m not sure I know the answer to that. I definitely still have a lot to learn about this business, but I do feel that self-publishing is creating huge possibilities for authors who might not be able to share their work otherwise.
Q) Do you write to satisfy your own creative need? Do you write to make money? Why does Karina Gioertz write?
A) I write because if I didn’t my head would explode! My brain never seems to shut down. Creating characters and making up stories is just what I do. It’s what I’ve always done. There isn’t a moment of my day when I’m not lost in some crazy thought or another. When I write, I feel like I’m directing those thoughts a bit more and using them more productively than if they just drifted off, turning into just another random daydream.
Q) So how do you write? Do you like music in the background? Do you like silence? What do you need to write?
A) I usually write late at night. I can’t have any background chatter, real or TV, because I automatically tune into what I’m hearing. However, I do love to play my music. I have a special writing mix I turn on before I get started and it helps me disconnect a bit from the real world so I can get sucked in by whatever story it is I’m working on.
Q) Many writers tell of getting lost in their work and “waking up” hours later wondering where the time went. Do you ever get lost in your writing?
A) All the time. There are those times when the story just flows and you lose track of everything else. I love those moments. That’s when I do my best work.
Q) Can you tell non-writer readers what it feels like to finish a manuscript?
A) Are there words to describe it?! It’s incredible! There is nothing better than writing that final sentence and following it up with ‘The End’. To know that you were able to take those first few sentences, those random first notes and ideas and turn them into an entire world, filled with characters who feel more like friends and events you didn’t even see coming until you wrote them in, is exciting. There’s nothing else like it. The second I finish, I want to turn around and do it all over again!
Q) So, going back– what’s This Christmas about? Where can people find it?
A) This Christmas is also available on Amazon. It’s about a young woman who realizes she’s in love with her best friend after her college roommate shows interest in him. Naturally there are complications that lead to awkward moments, misunderstandings and surprise encounters under the mistletoe.
Q) I think it sounds like an interesting and romantic tale! Are you working on a current project?
A) Yes, I am. This time, I’m giving fantasy a try.
Q) Can we have a few sneaky secrets about your new project for our readers, please?
A) Oh, all right, I can’t tell you much, but I will say that there will be an array of recognizable characters guiding a brand new generation no one has ever met of or heard of before. There will be magic, mystery and adventure…and perhaps even a touch of love.
Q) Love’s alright isn’t it! So which of your books do you consider your favourites?
A) My first is still my baby. I love Blood Bound, but Country Girls will always be closest to my heart.
Q) Which writers do you personally enjoy?
A) My mother got me hooked on Sydney Sheldon many years ago. He is my all time favorite!
Q) If you could have written any book by any author, which would it have been?
A) Harry Potter. To have been able to create that world and those characters with such detail…that had to have been incredible.
Q) I agree with you there! So Karina, why should readers choose your books to read with so many on the market?
A) It is my hope that I have created loveable characters and put them in entertaining predicaments; that I have been able to address serious issues while still finding the humor and that no matter how low I may go, I always end on a high note.
Q) What do you like doing outside of writing? Any hobbies?
A) When I’m not writing, I do a lot of painting. I like to refurbish old furniture and turn worn and battered pieces other people are throwing out into beautiful pieces of art.
We wrapped up there and Karina went back to writing her latest work. I enjoyed my time with her and I hope you enjoy this interview. Karina is a driven girl and I am sure there will be many, many books to come!
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