Since I love twitter, I think it would be fun to see how you would describe your book Twitter-style. How would you describe it in 140 characters or less?
While hunting down her bloodthirsty, possessed father, Viola untangles a web of lies and betrayals and reconnects with her childhood crush.
When did you know you wanted to become a writer or have you always known?
I don’t know if I’ve always wanted to become a writer, or if there’s even a moment where I said, “Yes! This is what I want to be known for!” I have always written, though. In high school, I wrote a sort of soap opera that my friends would take turns reading aloud during lunch. Complete with crazy voices and dramatic pauses. It was terrible, but I think that was probably when I first started letting others read my work.
What was the hardest part of the writing process?
Ending a project. Maybe it’s a fear of starting a new one when I’m finished or a fear of not wrapping everything up completely. I’ll put off writing the last few chapters of something for as long as I possibly can.
What inspired the concept for Daughter of Deception?
I love to watch true crime shows, especially ones that feature ‘ordinary’ suburban families. After watching one where a woman supposedly killed her husband but there wasn’t enough evidence to arrest her, I got to thinking. How did her children feel? How hard was it to look at your mother and know she killed your father? I already had the Network ‘verse set up and it seemed like the perfect setting. I wanted to focus on how seeing the man she’d adored acting like a monster affected Viola. She thought she had the perfect, if a little strange, life and it turns out that almost everything was a lie.
Can you tell us a little bit about your writing environment and/or and rituals you go through before sitting down to write?
I write wherever I can. I don’t have any rituals. I do listen to music, but that’s because I can’t stand silence. I create playlists for each of my characters, and if I’m writing from a certain character’s perspective I listen to their playlist.
What is your favorite Book or Series?
Rebecca is my favorite book. I’ve read it a hundred times, and it never gets old. I grew up reading the Hardy Boys series, and I still love them. Honestly, I’ll read anything. There are forensic journals and historical romances and super old Harlequins by my bed.
If you could be a character from one of your favorite books, who would you be?
Aggie Duke, definitely. I want to be as sassy and independent as Duke’s grandmother when I’m her age.
Do you listen to music while you write, if so what’s on your playlist?
It depends on which character I’m focusing on. If it’s Duke, I’ll listen to Pat Green, Cory Morrow, and the Eli Young Band. If it’s Viola, I’ll listen to a lot of alternative rock, punk, and grunge. I mention a few of Viola’s favorite artists in the series: David Bowie, Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Audioslave, and a fictional band the Manic Mutts.
If there was one thought or feeling you would want readers to take away from reading Daughter of Deception, what would it be?
Every answer I try to come up with sounds so clichéd, so I’m just going to give in. I guess I want the reader to come away thinking that nothing is ever hopeless. If you trust yourself enough, there’s always a way to get out of the deepest hole. Don’t give up on love. It’ll surprise you.
Thanks Kara for stopping by it was a pleasure interviewing you.
About the Author:
Kara Thorpe started writing as a distraction in French class and never stopped (just don’t ask her to conjugate many verbs). Born and raised in Texas, she loves all things historical, scientific, and downright geeky. Though she prefers to write short, character-driven stories, she ventured into the world of the novel with the first book of the Family Lies series "Daughter of Deception."
There will be a giveaway at the final stop of the tour of this book as well as the second book in the series.