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Q&A with Karoline Bethea-Jones

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Where will Stephanie go from here? Her marriage to Terry Collins is on the rocks and a new man has come into her life. While being pulled in every direction by her friends, mother, therapist, and the church, Stephanie is on the verge of a breakdown. Meanwhile Terry has some issues of his own. In too deep with his lies, all of his scheming is about to catch up with him. Can Terry make things right again? Can their marriage be saved through counseling? Can Stephanie succeed in the fashion business with her best friend at her side?  At a time when Stephanie and Terry are at their weakest, they must deal with the demons of their past, the confusion of their present, and the hopes for their future. Fragile Heart is the story of two people desperately trying to be whole again.

Q&A with Karoline Bethea-Jones, Author of "Fragile Heart", "Someone to Love", and soon to be released "Deception"

 

 

Q:  When did you decide you wanted to write?
 
A:   I always had a love for writing and I kept a journal since I was about fourteen years old. A few years ago after I wrote my first novel, Someone to Love, I realized writing was something that made me happy and I wanted to do it all the time. It's very exciting to create a character and mold them into real people that others can relate to and care about. 
 
Q:  How many novels in all have you written?
 
A:  I have written 4 novels, two have been published and a book of Short Stories has also been published as well.
 
Q:  How long did it take you to write your first novel?
 
A:  The story was burning inside of me and I think I sat down at my computer everyday and wrote.  It took 8 months for me to complete the first segment.  I knew that it was going to be broken down into three parts.
 
Q:  Where do you get your inspiration for your stories?
 
A:   My inspiration comes from lots of sources. I can't tell when or where I'm going to get the inspiration to create a specific character. Sometimes I'll dream about a character and I'll jump up and write it all down and then later build upon it. Mostly I people watch.  If someone seems interesting to me I observe them and build a character around them. 
 
Q:  Are the characters based on real people? 
 
A:  My characters are sometimes based on real people but I try to change things about each character to give them their own individual characteristics.My character can be a combination of many people but they are never an exact replica of real people I know.  
 
Q:  After writing your first novel, did you self-publish?? 
 
A:   I had a strong desire to publish the book myself because I wanted to be different from every other writer. I knew that if I published the book myself, I wouldn't have to stay within a box.  Being different or unique, was very important to me. I started my own Publishing Company, Novel2go Publishing so that I could have complete control. 
 
Q:  If so, how was that experience?
 
A:  The experience was and at times still is, overwhelming.  There is so much to learn and I'm still learning.  I had no idea how big this was going to be, I was so inexperienced and at times got so frustrated that I almost gave up. Seven years, Three books later, I am still hanging in there with lots of support from my family and friends who remind me that giving up is not an option. I still have a lot of learning to do but I learned that if you are afraid to fall, you will never know how far you can go because falling is necessary in order to grow.
 
Q:  What feedback have you received from fans?
 
A:  For Someone to Love, the feedback has been positive. Fragile Heart was just released on August 14th so the jury is still out on that one.  Many of the women enjoyed the short stories and is looking forward to the screenplay.  Auditions are in process now.
 
Q: What authors do you admire?
 
A:   Toni Morrison is my all time favorite author. I admire her as an author and as a women; she is so classy. I read pretty much everyone though.
 
Q:  Did one of them inspire you?
 
A:  I am inspired by Ms. Morrison, not that I am in her league, but as I improve on my writing I hope that one day someone will be inspired by me.
 
Q:  Is writing your only passion?
 
A:  No, it's not my only passion.  I would also like to do some film work.  Behind the camera, not in front of it.  I had an opportunity to try my hand at directing with the book trailer for Someone to Love.  It was hard work! but when I was putting it all together, it felt so exhilarating.  I also have a passion for teaching and I hope that, even with my writing, I can utilize my teaching abilities to help someone.
 
Q:  Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
 
A:   I see myself with 5 more books under my belt and lots and lots of experience.
 
Q:  What advice would you give aspiring authors?
 
A:  Definitely write everyday. Find something to write about every single day. You will only get better.  Learn all you can about as much as you can. Don't be afraid to try new things.  Develop your own style, don't try to be like anyone else.
 
Q:  What would you like readers to learn from your stories?
 
A:  I want my readers feeling that they personally know the characters in my stories, I want you to care about them. I would like for my readers to understand that our individual lives are about Choices & Consequences. As in real life, my characters are presented with options and when they choose to go down the wrong path, they must ultimately reap what they sow. Through my characters my readers can sometimes see a glimpse of themselves. 
 
Q:  Are you working on another novel?
 
A:  Right now I'm working on the final chapter in the lives of Stephanie and Terry Collins, Deception. 
 
Q:  If so, What is it about?
 
A:  In the finale, my characters will be fully developed and my readers will see them reaping what they have sown through the course of the story.  There will also be some surprising changes and lessons learned.  
 
Q:  Where can people purchase your books?
 
A: Amazon.com, Barnes and Nobles.com, 220 Communications, novel2gopublishing.com 
 
Q:  Do you have a website?
 

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