Hi, Karen! So glad you can share your thoughts with us today. First question.
Which author would you never get tired of, and why?
Karen: Since I used to be a high school teacher, I have many favorites, but I would never tire of reading F. Scott Fitzgerald. His diction is a work of art in itself, woven through his intriguing stories, and I enjoy the formal caliber of his high-level vocabulary. Some of his scenes, especially in The Great Gatsby, are permanently etched into my memory—written so descriptively that I am thrust into the scene, invisible, standing in the room, seeing, hearing, and feeling along with his characters on the page.
Excellent choice. 🙂
Who is your favorite fictional villain?
Karen: The character I love to hate the most out of all villains is Tom Buchanan. The way he is unfaithful to his beautiful, refined wife, Daisy, is perfectly shameful. He embodies common qualities of male weakness by refusing to give up Myrtle, his mistress, even though Daisy “knows.” Under different circumstances, Daisy might have wished to run over the other woman in her heart, but Fitzgerald makes that happen with a turn of irony. That unexpected twist reveals Tom’s tender heart that he transfers back to his grieving wife, so his villain status is somewhat softened.
A well-written villain. Now about yourself…
What project are you currently working on?
Karen: I am writing a second novel, Desire’s Deception, as a sequel to the first novella, A Mosaic Christmas. The Christian theme centers on exploring the messiness of sin, and how innocent people are splashed with it and suffer unjustly. The story takes the characters to international settings, including Ohio, Paris, and Grand Cayman Island. The target release date is Summer 2016.
Congratulations! Thanks for dropping in, Karen.
Karen is giving away an Amazon kindle delivery copy of the Christmas collection, Warm Mulled Kisses. Please leave a comment for your chance to win!
A Mosaic Christmas
Carlie Livingston is steering into her last year of college in Oxford, Ohio, confident that she and Lance Holloway are headed to the altar after graduation. Those plans are wrecked, however, by her dad’s infidelity, causing her parents to walk through a messy divorce. Will she have the same fate if she marries her college sweetheart who comes from a secular family? Her mother insists she will.
She tests God’s Word by letting Him take the wheel of her life. But if God is in control, why are all her close relationships crumbling? Nothing makes sense.
Just when it appears hopeless, Clay McKinney two-steps into Carlie’s life, promising to provide everything she’s looking for. But if he’s God’s answer, why can’t her heart release Lance? Where will her final destination be on this journey of trust?
Karen Jurgens, a native Cincinnatian, has been a Texan transplant for thirty years and counting. Since retiring from teaching in 2014, she has begun a new career writing, blogging, and speaking within the context of Christian ministry.
Her first contemporary romance novella will be published in October 2015. A Mosaic Christmas will be part of a multi-author anthology, Warm Mulled Kisses. The second novel, Desire’s Deception, is in progress with an anticipated release mid-2016.
She is a Crew Member at Jennifer Hallmark’s Writing Prompts, Thoughts, and Ideas blog and a member of ACFW. You can follow her blog about scriptural answers to life’s trials at Touched by Him Ministries: www.karenjurgens.com.