Interview with Karen Wood
Interview With Karen Wood
Welcome, Karen Wood and thank you for speaking to me today.
My husband and I write under the pen name Louise Hathaway. I have a Master’s Degree in Literature and he works for the District Attorney’s Office. Our mysteries feature strong but flawed female detectives who overcome the odds to capture their suspects. We write in several genres: mystery (both police procedurals and cozy), travel, literary criticism, time travel and romance.
- Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
Yes. The first book we wrote together was a mystery and we decided to use the name Lewis Hathaway because they are both characters in the PBS mystery series Inspector Lewis. We later changed our name to Louise Hathaway to appeal to more women readers.
- What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
I wrote a short story about my literary pilgrimage to England. It’s called England in the Footsteps of Its Literary Giants. Here is the description:
This travelogue explores the literary landmarks of England by visiting the birthplaces and environs of some of the best writers of the English language. In it, you will find the worlds of Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, the Bronte Sisters, James Herriot, Thomas Hardy and William Shakespeare, to name but a few. One need not be an English Major to enjoy this book. All one needs is a yen to travel. It’s worth a visit. Here’s what one reader said in a FIVE STAR REVIEW: “Charming and delightful, both photographically and descriptively. What a wonderful story of living your dreams!”
It costs 99 cents and is available at Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Google Play Books, and Smashwords.
Here’s the Amazon Link:
- What did you do with your first advance?
When we received our first royalty check, we bought champagne flutes to celebrate.
- What made you want to be a writer?
For years, I’d been trying to get published on my own. I have a M.A. in English and spent my twenties at the post office mailing my short stories to various publishers with no success. About three years ago, on a lark, I began writing a murder/mystery about a group of librarians and what would happen if someone accidentally got crushed when the electronic compact shelving mechanism malfunctioned. How would my imaginary librarians react if they found the body? Would they accuse each other? Who would they think did it? I wrote about 6 pages and showed it to my husband. He liked it and I asked, “How would you like to write the rest of this book with me?” He kindly agreed and that’s how we started writing books together.
- Where can we find you on line?
Amazon Author Page:
- If your life were a movie, what would you call it?
Never Give Up
What would the theme song be?
To Dream the Impossible Dream
- What are your current projects?
We have a new female lead, who is a bipolar homicide detective in New Orleans. Fighting Demons has her chasing down a serial killer after she had a major manic episode and Deadly Promises focuses on human trafficking, prostitution, and the sometimes-dangerous world of erotica writers, one of whom is her younger sister who gets in way over her head in her sister’s murder investigation.
- What is your favorite childhood book?
The Secret of the Old Clock by Nancy Drew. It began my love of reading and writing mysteries.
Thank you for speaking to me today, Karen.