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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Tuesday Spotlight: Karen Wiesner

Karen Wiesner is an accomplished author with 60 books published in the past 11 years, which have been nominated for and/or won 84 awards, and 15 more titles under contract. Karen’s books cover such genres as women’s fiction, romance, mystery/police procedural/cozy, suspense, paranormal, futuristic, gothic, inspirational, thriller, horror and action/adventure. She also writes children’s books, poetry, and writing reference titles such as her bestseller, First Draft in 30 Days, available from Writer’s Digest Books. Karen’s second release from Writer’s Digest Books is From First Draft to Finished Novel {A Writer’s Guide to Cohesive Story Building}, available now. Her previous writing reference titles focused on non-subsidy, royalty-paying electronic publishing, author promotion, and setting up a promotional group like her own, the award-winning Jewels of the Quill, which she founded in 2003. The group publishes two award-winning anthologies together per year. For more information about Karen and her work, visit her Web sites at,, and If you would like to receive Karen’s free e-mail newsletter, Karen’s Quill, and become eligible to win her monthly book giveaways, visit or send a blank e-mail to

My Writing Space

After years of either having a basement office (where bats flew at my head at night) and a living room/dining room/office, I finally have a real, honest-to-goodness, second floor office in its own room with a door and three windows overlooking flower-filled window boxes that I can look out at when I’m pausing for a new sentence.

The focus of this office is a gorgeous cherry wood armoire that’s so cluttered, there’s no way I’ll ever be able to close it. My favorite sayings are taped to the desk in various places like “There’s nothing you’ve ever been successful at that you didn’t work on every day.” (Will Smith) My published books are displayed beautifully in a special alcove of four shelves near the door—this alcove is packed (I have 60 releases to display)—wonder how I’ll fit another shelf in there when I outgrow the current space?

Above my stereo is a plaque that says, “Home is where your story begins.” Strewn around the room are my many awards. Hundreds of CDs (gotta have music if I’m going to write) bracket the door up to the attic, where I also finally! have the home library I’ve always wanted. This is the life. For more information about my works in progress, visit

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