Karen S. Bell ~ Walking with Elephants was her first novel, although she is not new to writing. She was a theater critic and celebrity interviewer for a weekly tabloid in Jacksonville, Fl and earned a Master’s in Mass Communication from Oklahoma State University. For 15 years Karen worked in Corporate America as a technical editor/editor/writer and experienced first hand the politics and intrigue that goes with that territory and the balancing act that comes with being a working mother. She says – salute all those mothers who are the glue that holds their families together while pursuing the nine to five brass ring. Karen lives in Fl. with her husband and their two furry kids. Their non-furry children are grown and live in Virginia near DC, Los Angeles, and Mainz, Germany and she has three grandchildren.

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21 Things You Should Know About This Author

What book have you gifted the most? Why?

When I first published Walking with Elephants self-publishing was quite new. It was recommended to give away the book to build a platform. I got more than 2000 downloads. An impossibility today because there are so many freebies. My guess is just a fraction of those 2000 read the book because I never got tons of reviews afterwards.

What is the one productivity tool you use every day? Why?

Sitting in front of my computer because it puts me in a work mode. Currently, I am creating an audible book and must use my computer.

What word do you misspell most often?

Their.

What three things do you do to be a successful writer?

I just write anything to get started and it morphs into something. I take cues from the world around me for storylines. I read good literature.

What are the titles of the last two books you have read?

The Goldfinch. 11/22/63

What is your favorite word?

F**k

What do you use more often – a dictionary or a thesaurus?

thesaurus

What would you name the autobiography of your life?

Rolling with it.

What is your ‘go to’ munchie or drink while writing?

I don’t eat while writing.

Is a picture worth a thousand words? Elaborate.

Words have more worth to me. I love words. When a I digest a piece of art or photograph the words to describe it have the meaning. To me things only exist when you can talk about it. Feelings are one with words for me.

What animal are you most similar to and why?

Cat. Loving but independent. Curious but cautious.

How would your best friend describe you?

Funny, happy, sociable.

What keeps you up at night? (and don’t say howling dogs)

Donald Trump

What is one thing you will never do again? 

A job interview.

If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare? 

Roasted meat, potatoes, asparagus and Greek salad. Homemade pistachio cake.

What is the best compliment you have received – or would like to receive?

You look like you lost weight.

What question do you hate to answer?

Have you found a literary agent?

Crowds, small groups or ‘go away’?

I enjoy being alone. I like the company of a few friends. I hate crowds.

What would you sing at Karaoke night?

I will Survive.

If you had a warning label, what would yours say?

Beware of mood swings.

What is the one question you wished I would have asked you? Why?

Why do you write? Because the answer defines me. I write because I must. Because I love it. Because it’s my creativity and my human expression