Kara Liane is a lover of all things romance. She holds several degrees, including a Master’s in Management from Wayland Baptist University. Her husband of 15 years proudly serves in the military, and together with their twin elementary-age sons and two adult dogs, reside in New Jersey. Kara works full-time as a Lab Tech in the wastewater field. In her spare time, she reads and writes various things including poetry, stories about her kids, and her new novels. As a family, they love to go camping. Kara loves to hear from her readers, so be sure to stay connected with her!
Hearts & Smiles,
Chapter 1 sneak preview is available at the end of Book 1.
When are books 2 and 3 in A Tryst of Fate Series being released?
I am sure readers are anxious for the remaining two books in this trilogy, as much as I am anxious to get them to you. However, I cannot give a definitive answer. Don’t throw your computers at me just yet. Know that I am diligently working on the second book and have set a goal for myself to get it in your hands as quickly as I can. I do not like to promise something and not deliver, so my best answer is that Book 2 should be out sometime this year. Book 3 should be out in 2018. I will certainly keep everyone posted as to dates and timelines as best as I can. Stay updated by remaining connected to me through my site or my Facebook Page.
So what are you going to be working on after this series?
I love to write but until I finish this series, I cannot possibly fathom working on anything else. I’m sure that will change because my brain conjures up all kinds of stuff at odd times. So, stay tuned!
What inspired you to write a story like this, specifically about Caylan and Alexi?
I took all the elements that I love about certain book genres and put them together in this one book. I admit I truly wrote this book for myself because I hadn’t come across a book that had everything I wanted all rolled into one. I would like to think that this first book focuses on the character development and true connection between Alexi and Caylan; I think I envisioned them being my ultimate love-story, and they just made sense to me. I concentrated heavily on the romance between the two, and there is the added bonus of the steamy love scenes; ultimately, I wrote this from the heart.
How long did it take you to write the first book?
Funny story…well maybe not so funny to anyone else but me. I started writing this book in February 2013. Wait, what? Okay that actually sounds bad when I say it now. Anyway, for one reason or another I got stuck at chapter four for about three years, yeah that part sucked; three years of writer’s block is not fun. Then in the summer of 2016 it was like a source of energy came over me, and I went from having five chapters (yup I managed another chapter at one point, ha ha), to having 27 chapters in a span of two months. It was like an out-of- body experience when I stared at the completed book on my screen. Maybe my heart and mind knew it was time to finally get the story on paper that had been swirling around in my head for a few years. It was just a whirlwind from there and still hasn’t stopped. But keep this train going!.
Where and how do you write?
I write on my lunch and breaks at work, at home in between caring for my sons, while I’m waiting in the car for appointments, well…basically anywhere. I used to set aside specific days and times to write, but that lasted only a few weeks. Now it’s basically whenever I have the chance, and when I’m at my computer. I brainstorm a lot in my journal and have crazy-weird sayings, words, and smutty goodness written down. You have to either already know, or realize by now, that there’s a lot that goes into doing this, and every writer is different with their process. I was very much in the dark about what all this entailed when I began this journey. I have had to learn as I go, and learn what works for me.
What does it mean to you to be a self-published author?
It means everything. It means I have creative control and can do things at my pace. It also equates to A LOT OF WORK. A lot of work I never knew existed. My background is in business as my Master’s Degree is in Management, but that could never have prepared me for this field. I had no idea that I would be responsible for obtaining a copyright, ISBN number, posting disclaimers and having appropriate legal jargon, formatting the book for print and ebook versions, proofreading and then proofreading in infinite measures, same with editing. Learning to trust others with my “baby” has been hard too. PR and marketing is new to me as well, and learning to network has been an undertaking. I am starting from scratch trying to build up my “business,” so it is going to take a while; but the rewards are already so great. I am not in this to be rich and famous, that would be cool I admit. But I did this because I love to write, and when some of my close friends and family said, “Hey, you have something really good here,” I never expected it to turn into this.
Did you have to make lots of changes over the course of the book, or is what you
started with what you ended with?
There were lots of changes actually. The biggest was that I had a different title to start. A month after I finished my book, an author came out with the exact title I had at the time, and the exact same name for their main character (I am not speculating anything here; it was completely coincidental). As a result, the title change was necessary as well as the main character’s name change to make mine distinct; I am most pleased with the outcome, though. Of course I cried at first feeling like I lost a piece of me since I lived and breathed this book many-a- nights there for a while. But learning to adapt and go with the flow will continue to serve me well; at least I have to keep telling myself that. You all totally realize by now that I am Type A personality, right?
Why did you make the cover design that way?
I love the way the cover turned out. Caylan needed to be the focal point. Even though the beginning of the book (minus the prologue) introduces you to Alexi, I knew Caylan needed to be on the cover almost to serve as a “cleansing” for her. She is sharing a part of herself that she normally wouldn’t share. She’s strong now and ready to take flight!
Why did you write “it always comes down to chicken” in the Acknowledgements
Ha ha ha. I’m not touching that one! My coworkers know why.
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