The Prequel

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After a year and a half of struggling to finish my second book, it’s finally finished! And not only finished but I have a signed contract with my publisher Clean Reads.

The Prophecy of Mary Anne is a prequel to The Village Green. I don’t have the release date yet, but as soon as I do you’ll be the first to know.

Thanks for reading,


Interview with author Karen King

Karen King

Karen King

Let’s get to know Karen…

Karen King has had over one hundred children’s books published. She’s written for many children’s magazines too including Sindy, Barbie, Winnie the Pooh and Thomas the Tank Engine. She writes for all ages and in all genres; story books, picture books, plays, joke books and non-fiction. Perfect Summer is her first YA. It was runner up in the Red Telephone books YA Novel 2011 competition.

How did you get started writing?

I’ve always written. I had my first poem published when I was 11. I started my writing career with Jackie magazine, writing articles and photo stories.

 Are you a Plotter or a Pantser?

It depends whether I’m writing to a commission or not. If I’m commissioned I have to plot as I have to send a synopsis and the first couple of chapters to my editor. If I’m not writing to a commission I plot at first so that I know the basic outline of my story but once I get going I write ‘by the seat of my pants.’

 Are you most productive in the morning or evening?

Morning. Often I get out of bed and start writing right away. I’m full of ideas in the morning.

 What’s the most frequent question people ask you?

When I visit schools kids always ask me either if I’m rich. I usually say “No, I’m really poor so please go and buy some of my books!”

 Why did you choose to write a dystopian novel?

I didn’t actually set out to write a dystopian, the story that came to me was a dystopian one

 Do you foresee any part of your book becoming reality? If so explain.

I think that if we don’t curb Society’s obsession with physical perfection then there is a real risk that in the not-too-distant future people with disabilities suffer prejudice and are kept out of the public eye.

Was there a particular event or idea in the real world that inspired your writing?

Yes, I read a magazine article about girls as young as six worrying that they were too fat or too ugly. I thought that was really sad. I started wondering what would happen if people got so obsessed with physical perfection that it became a ‘crime’ to be different in any way.

When writing your book, did you seek to only tell a good story or to get across a specific message?

I wanted to get the message across that we’re all beautiful in our own way and people shouldn’t be so obsessed with trying to have perfect looks. I hope it’s a good story too.

Have you or would you like to write in another genre? Which one?

I write in many genres, for children from preschool to teens, fiction and non-fiction. Also romance stories and novels for women.

Are you particularly fond of any one of you characters?

Morgan from Perfect Summer. She’s feisty, kind and loves her little brother Josh so much she’d do anything for him.

Is there one book, in any genre, that has had a lasting impact on your life? Title. How did it affect you?

The ‘Just William’ books by Richmal Crompton. They used to make me laugh out loud when I was a young girl. They, and Enid Blyton’s books, inspired my love of reading and writing. I always wanted to write a funny book but I’m no good at humour. I do write joke books though.

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Author Facebook page:!/KarenKingAuthor


Twitter: @karen_king

Now let’s check out her YA novel, Perfect Summer

PerfectSummer book cover

Growing up in a society so obsessed with perfection that the government gives people grants for plastic surgery, 15-year-old Morgan can’t help being a bit envious of her best friend Summer. Summer is beautiful and rich, her father is a top plastic surgeon and her mother is a beauty consultant with a celebrity client list. Her life seems so effortlessly perfect. Whereas Morgan isn’t so rich or beautiful and her little brother, Josh, has Down’s syndrome – which, according to the Ministry and society in general, is a crime. Then Josh is kidnapped and the authorities aren’t interested so Morgan and Summer decide to investigate. They, along with another teenager, Jamie, whose sister, Holly, has also been kidnapped, uncover a sinister plot involving the kidnapping of disabled children and find themselves in terrible danger. Can they find Josh and Holly before it’s too late?

Sounds like a fascinating read! You can find it at any one of these sites…

Astraea Press:!/~/product/category=4452103&id=19176172

Amazon UK:



 Thanks Karen for sharing with us.

Interview with Author J.F. Jenkins

J.F. Jenkins

J.F. Jenkins lives in Minneapolis Minnesota with her husband, son, and two cats. She graduated from Bethel University in 2006 with a degree in Media Communication with minors in both writing and film. When she is not busy writing, she spends her free time playing games, reading, and spending time with her family.

Interview with fellow Dystopian Author, J.F. Jenkins

1. Why did you choose to write a dystopian novel?

It just sort of happened. I hadn’t been planning on it taking on a dystopian nature. Originally, it was supposed to be straight up Science Fiction. Then it started warping into this genre, and I ran with it to stay organic to the story

2. Do you have any favorite dystopian literature? Authors?

The Stand is a little dystopian, as is The Dark Tower series, by Stephen King. I’m a huge fan of those stories, but they’re not what I would call traditional dystopian. I generally stumble upon the genre on accident. There’s a taste of it in a lot of stories that one might normally overlook. If we’re going on traditional types, I enjoyed the Hunger Games, and Divergent. I’m currently reading Matched by Ally Condie.

3. Do you foresee any part of your book becoming reality? If so explain.

I can see some of the crime and punishment system becoming reality. Once people start getting fed up with our justice system, they’ll start calling for harsher punishments for those who deserve it, and Utopia for those who have earned it, which will eventually lead the separation of class. Lack of forgiveness will keep people trapped.

 4. When writing your book, did you seek to only tell a good story or to get across a specific message?

To only tell a good story. Messages come across all the same, but they are subconscious in the writing process for me.

5. What was the inspiration for your book?

I had a weird dream, and a real life event that I tied together into the story. The whole opening set up is based on something I experienced (working in the mall, celebrity visits, etc.) and the dream warped it into the story it is now.

6. What other genres do you read?

I’ll read anything! YA, Adult, contemporary, sci fi, fantasy. I try not to limit myself.

7. Have you or would you like to write in another genre? Which one?

I’ve written in just about every genre there is. I can’t say I’ve published all these adventures, but I’ve at least made an attempt!

8. Are you particularly fond of any one of you characters?

In this particular book, I have a soft spot for Timber. He’s my favorite. A lot of people love Wicken the most, and he’s definitely up there on the list, but I always have a thing for the nice guy. It’s a bit of a secret agenda of mine to get girls to start swooning for them again, kidding!

9. Is there one book, in any genre, that has had a lasting impact on your life? Title. How did it affect you?

I still think back to The Stand. That book was powerful and fascinating. I also just read a book called The Night Circus and that book is one that is hard to forget. Definitely recommend both.


Chevelle Donahue thought going into work would be just like any other boring day at the mall. Sure, there was her annoying co-worker Wicken Sanders, and a promotional visit from teen heartthrob Timber Hudson, to watch and keep her entertained. But who was she kidding? Working retail was lame no matter what happened. A terrorist attack changes everything – an attack from aliens of all things. The patrons are given two options: comply or else. Complying means giving in to a new set of rules and changing her entire life. “Or else” means she has no chance of going home again. She must figure out the truth behind why the aliens are holding everyone hostage. In doing so, she risks her chance at freedom – but by the time she learns what’s really happening, she might not want it.




The Village Green

Kelsey Cooper lives in the Village Green where her life is tightly controlled by the rules of her community and the fear of Public Shaming.

The necessities of daily life are scarce and the people are getting angry. And although hunger and want are no strangers to Kelsey, she begins to wonder if it has
always been this way.

When Kelsey and her friend Derek leave the boundaries of their village Kelsey finds an ancient journal and the knowledge and events that follow will answer her questions and much more.

The Village Green is a YA Dystopian novel. Available now!



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