Karen Pierce Gonzalez – Author Interview

Please share with us about most recent book?

Family Folktales: Write Your Own Family Stories. A 116 pg workbook designed for all levels of interest. Includes writing exercises, sample folktales and resources.

What inspired you to write this book?

I have facilitated writing workshops in which writers wanted to write about true family-based memories and I found that folktale motifs offer the simplest way to describe particular experiences and moments in time.

How did you publish this book?

Folkheart Press published the book through Lightning Source.

How do you do research for your books?

I have a degree in Anthropological Linguistics/Folklore and utilize folklore reference materials.

Tell us something about yourself.

I have been writing since the age of 8 and have won awards for fiction as well as non-fiction writing. My professional career as a journalist and public relations specialist as well as book publisher has utilized my ability to write in many different forms and styles.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

When I was 8 I started re-writing some of the children’s books I was reading. I find that I when I write I can see, hear, taste, feel and smell the world in very deep ways when I write. I am aware of the sounds and hues of the words and very conscious of the images those words can create.

What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?

Being consistent with practice; especially when economic necessity requires a multi-focused lifestyle.

Did you learn anything from writing this book? What?

I learned how easy it was to put a book together, one page at a time and I also came to appreciate the beauty of folktales and how they can turn anyone into a folk hero.

Please share with us a few books on your reading list now?

I am reading “Olive Kitteridge” by Elizabeth Strout.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

I am working on a collection of original food folktales. “Folktales You Can Eat” is a series of folktales celebrating the foodlore of the Mediterranean and South America. The foodlore takes the reader into the world of magic realism where the properties of food can take on a supranatural role. Includes recipes, too.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

The process of writing is a journey unlike any other. But if you do not share the work who will know about it. I have learned two truths about writing:

1) that you really can write about anything

2) that too often we critique a piece of work before it has been written and that is what kills the joy/spirit of the work.

What are you doing to promote your latest book?

I am being interviewed on blog talk radio programs, writing monthly columns for Big Blend Magazine, participating in book giveaways and working with a great online book promoter Key Business Partners) who is creating promotional opportunities for me and for my work.