ABOUT THE BOOK
Starla's Christmas Conundrum
by Carol E. Keen
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Clean Romance
In the greatest conflict of her life, can she figure out who to trust?
Starla Devaroux is at the peak of her music career. Life as a popular Christian music artist is good. This Christmas she finds herself at the crossroads of several life-altering choices. It's quite a conundrum; the path she takes this time will not only define her future but alter the lives of others as well.
"The main characters were very likable, I could really put myself in Starla's shoes."
"It was charming and romantic, and I want to marry Mason, lol."
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“Again, I’m sorry. Please forgive me. I just need a break. I’ve been telling you, for the last several gigs, that I’m worn out. I don’t feel like I’m being heard. Something is off, and I can’t figure out what it is. I didn’t mean to hurt you or Jacob.” Starla rubbed her temples, and perched on the edge of the office chair. Her coffee threatened to refuse to stay in her stomach. “I decided I needed a vacation, just a week or two. I found a great place and a good deal and I didn’t know the note vanished. I was just over at The Hot Java.”
“You mean to tell me you weren’t even a block away? You put me through all of this and you weren’t even out of the state or in another country! Starla that is the most selfish, childish thing you have ever done. That’s not showing love, or kindness. What the heck were you thinking? That’s not Christ-like, and you know better! What if something happened to you? We were so scared that you’d been murdered or worse. What if….” Janice’s list of dire issues droned on, but Starla couldn’t concentrate on them. The carpet that had started moving in slow circles seemed to be speeding up.
Starla tried to cut into Janice’s monologue, but all she managed was a moan before she fell out of the chair onto the floor. Something cold was on her head and everything sounded like a hive of bees and looked fuzzy. “What’s happening to me?” The words seemed thick and difficult to say. Starla wasn’t even sure they came out right. Suddenly, everything went black.
Do you read yourself and if so what is your favorite genre?
I'm an avid reader and I read in multiple genres. I can't pick just one. I love Chrisitan fiction, Sci-Fi and speculative fiction, some historical romance, mysteries and murder mysteries, fantasy and more.
Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?
That totally varies. It can be quite or it can have tv shows running or music. My life changes around a good bit so I go with the flow as much as I can.
Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?
I have several going at one time. If I feel like one needs a break, I go work on another one.
Pen or type writer or computer?
My computer, but I may move to a voice to computer program to help speed things up. I do type quickly, but I think and talk faster than I can type.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
This probably applies to many authors, but I'd tell myself the following:
You're going to get crushed by some people when you least expected it to happen. Some of them didn't realize it and they don't understand because they have judged you without perspective or asking you for insight. Shake it off as fast as you can. It doesn't define who you are, just keep pressing forward for the ones who do listen and care.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
The longest was eight years, and the fastest one week. I think average would be six months from writing to final editing and publishing.
Do you believe in writer’s block?
I know that I don't have that exactly. I have so many ideas that it's harder to pick which ones need to be written next. If I feel "stuck" on how a story should progress then I tend to go work on another one for a little while. When I got back to the first one it flows rather easily. I attribute my "stuck" places to my story needing to gel a bit more in my mind.
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Carol E. Keen enjoys fresh coffee, hot tea, and a good book. She was published for several years in FAMA magazine (Freshwater And Marine Aquarium) as a contributing editor. She published her first book on CD, called Simply Seahorses.
She is the author of The Beauty Series and The Corandira Station, to name a few of her works. She currently resides in the South with her husband and family and spends her time writing, reading, working in photography, and being with her much loved critters.
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