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About Karenna Colcroft
Karenna Colcroft is the alter-ego of a relatively shy and sedate wife and mother. She- well, her mild-mannered counterpart, at least- wrote her first story at the age of five, and was immediately hooked by seeing her imagination printed on paper. Throughout elementary, junior high, and high school, she continued writing, though was too shy to show her work to anyone. By the time she graduated college, she had written over 20 book-length manuscripts, all longhand. *Shudder*
In 2006, on a challenge from a friend, she wrote her first erotic scene and discovered a talent for erotic romance. She began posting her stories on a free site, where feedback encouraged her to continue and develop her skills. Karenna was offered her first publishing contract in January 2009. Since then, she has been published with several e-publishers, including Pink Petal Books, Ellora’s Cave, MLR Press, and Passion in Print Press. Please check out her Bookshelf and Coming Soon pages for more information about her books.
Karenna lives in the northeastern United States with her two children, her real-life romance hero husband, and two cats, one of whom occasionally tries to read over her shoulder. Fortunately, the cat is over eighteen in cat years.
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Please see Karenna's Bookshelf page at http://karennacolcroft.com/bookshelf/ for her complete backlist.
An Interview with Karenna Colcroft
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Karenna, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Hooch and Howls and features three very special characters who just might have a future together. Where did you get the idea for their amazing story?
KC: To be honest, it wasn't entirely my idea. On a couple of Yahoo loops I belong to, one of the members is a reviewer who occasionally posts ideas of things she'd like to read. The ideas are up for grabs. One day she said she wanted to read a story about a shifter and two bootleggers. The head editor from MLR Press is also a member of that loop, and she mentioned my name among others as a possible author for that story. So I kind of got drafted to write it. But the historical aspects, setting, and characters were all mine.
HH: What do you like best about Malachi and why will readers empathize with him?
KC: Malachi tries to come across as strong, tough, and happy to be alone, but he really isn't. He's lonely and scared, and he has a definite soft side that he's kept hidden since his fiancee was killed a decade ago.
HH: What do you like best about Jonathan and Roger and why will readers love them?
KC: Jonathan is young and naive and has been sucked into something he isn't equipped to handle. Roger... ah, Roger. I have to admit I hated Roger at first, especially after that scene on the beach, but then as I kept writing I realized his backstory and just how much he cares about Jonathan, including doing everything he possibly could to make sure Jonathan didn't experience the same things he (Roger) did. By the end of the story, Roger was my favorite character of the three.
HH: What did you enjoy most about writing this story and what do you think readers will take away from it?
KC: I'm not sure which I enjoyed more: Creating Roger, or writing about Lunenburg and Herman's Island, Nova Scotia. My mother is from Lunenburg, and the cottage Malachi lives in in the story was actually my grandparents' summer cottage in real life. They sold the cottage in 1984, when I was fourteen, and I haven't been to Lunenburg since my grandmother passed away in 2002, so revisiting those locations was wonderful for me.
I hope that aside from feeling like they've read a great story, readers will take away that anyone can overcome their past and find love.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
KC: Where to start? I have two books currently under contract. From MLR Press, coming in March (I think), Sensei is an M/M novella about Isao Nakamura, once a ninja, now a vampire and martial arts instructor in present-day Boston. When he falls for James, Isao breaks two of his own rules. James is human and is an adult student in one of Isao's classes. The other contracted book, In His Shirt, is from Ellora's Cave, release to be determined. It's an M/M/F menage novella. Marielle has been lusting after her friend Rory for months, and when she wakes up in his bed after having a few too many drinks the night before, she decides to act on the attraction. But she doesn't expect Rory's roommate Wayne to show up and join in--and she definitely never realized that Rory and Wayne are lovers.
I also have two books currently under consideration: Beta Block is an M/F romance novel and the next in the series kicked off by Beta Test, which came out in June of this year. (My recent Christmas release The Alpha's Bride was a sequel to Beta Test.) And Chance Met is an M/M Valentine's Day novella which is a crossover between my series Real Werewolves Don't Eat Meat and my novel Lost Soul, using a minor character from each.
Since I first responded to this question, both Chance Met and Beta Block have been accepted for publication. Chance Met will release from MLR Press on February 15, and Beta Block will be released from Passion in Print Press tentatively in April 2013. Also, Sensei has now officially been scheduled for release on March 1 from MLR Press.
HH: How does 2013 promise to be different from 2012 for you?
KC: In 2013, I'm narrowing my brand a bit and will be writing primarily M/M romance. (I have one publisher whom I plan to stay with who doesn't accept M/M, so I'll still be doing M/F for them.) I'm taking more control of my career, and will be submitting to a few publishers with whom I haven't previously worked.
HH: Where do you find inspiration for your stories?
KC: Everywhere. I'm currently in the planning stages of an M/M romance novel inspired in part by the relationship between Mimi and Roger in Rent. Things I see on TV, things I see on the street or in the mall, and random dreams my husband has can all inspire stories. When all else fails, I go to my husband or kids (depending whether it's a romance or a young adult story) and say, "Hey, I need an idea."
HH: What's your writing schedule like?
I like to say I write full time and do office work as a hobby. I work about 10 hours a week for my father-in-law, who owns a business where my husband also works. (My novel Their Home Port, which The Romance Studio reviewed back in 2011, gives an idea of what the business is.) The rest of the time, I write and do writing-related stuff. Generally, I try to do my actual writing or revising in the mornings; after lunch, I switch over to doing promotional stuff. It doesn't always work out that way, though. My kids have told me I have to be off the computer by 6 pm to spend time with them, and on weekends when they're home, I don't stick to a schedule because sometimes we go out.
HH: What's your favorite way to interact with readers?
KC: Facebook and Yahoo loops. And I always love when a reader emails me. All my contact info and social networking links are on my website, http://www.karennacolcroft.com.
HH: What are you most looking forward to in 2013?
KC: Writing the stories I have in my head, and hopefully contracts with the new publishers I'll be trying.
HH: Thank you!
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