• Quick Six with Karen Rose Smith

    by  • December 6, 2013 • Blog, Quick Six, Writing Stuff • 9 Comments

    Please welcome the award winning author, Karen Rose Smith to the Quick Six!  Karen is here to talk about her newest release, Staged to Death, book 1 in her Caprice De Luca home-stager mystery series.

    tawnyprizeAnd she’s offering a print copy of Cassidy’s Cowboy and a heart charm bracelet to one lucky commenter! So be sure to check out Karen’s Quick Six interview, and answer her question in the comments section below for a chance to win!




    STAGED TO DEATHStaged to Death

    Caprice DeLuca stages houses for high-end clients. When she discovers a body in the castle-mansion she staged to sell and starts asking questions, she finds herself in danger. On the way to solving the murder, Caprice’s large Italian family helps and hinders. She also finds romance with Dr. Seth Randolph. But does her brother’s partner, attorney Grant Weatherford, care about her, too? Or is he just worried she’ll get herself killed and her family will blame him?

    Enjoy solving the mystery with Caprice, cook along with her, see her find homes for the stray animals she protects, be a part of the De Luca family…in STAGED TO DEATH. Watch for Book 2, DEADLY DECOR, in June 2014.

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    Plotter or Pantzer?

    I’m definitely a plotter.  I always have been from my first book to my 80th!  I started writing after back surgery to escape the pain.  I was flat on my back for about 4 years.  I turned to writing as a creative and emotional outlet.  I found I could write more smoothly without disruption if I plotted each scene.  I write with a tape recorder now and still do that!

    Historical or Contemporary?

    I’m usually a contemporary writer.  But I do like going back into the past, 50-60 years ago, for backgrounds and richness of detail.   I have all age groups in most of my books—from babies to teenagers to elders.  I can capture the best of all that way.

    Print or E-book?

    Both!  I’m still involved in traditional publishing which includes print and ebook.  I’m also indie-publishing backlist books as well as original novels that are in e-book, print…and audiobook, too.

    Light or Dark?

    Again, both.  I think to keep readers involved I need to write light moments mixed with the serious ones.  I like to get deep into emotion and that’s easier to do with darker subject matter like in my indie-book HER SISTER.

    Live in a pineapple or under a rock?

    Hmmm.  I am a quiet person and need a certain amount of quiet to think and write.  I love gardening and the beauty of flowers.  So as soon as I can in spring and into the fall I like to write on my patio.  I raise geraniums, petunias, impatiens and zinnias.  They surround our patio in the summer, making me a quiet cocoon except for the stray and feral cats that come and go.  Inside I have three rescued cats that usually sit nearby while I write.

    Lois Lane or Mary Jane?

    Pretty much a Mary Jane.  I love cappezios!  My sleuth, Caprice, in my mysteries wears them.  She’s 32 but loves retro design and vintage fashion.  So I had a ball decorating her house—she’s a home-stager—in 60′s colors and shapes.  She has vintage appliances in her kitchen and well-chosen antiques here and there.  I could put “me” into her and that’s the fun of writing this series.  As far as real life, I go looking for stories like Lois when I do research.  But like Mary Jane my books are usually about home and hearth.

    My question for readers—Do you prefer a small town or a city setting?

    123Award-winning author Karen Rose Smith was born in Pennsylvania. Although she was an only child, she remembers the bonds of an extended family. Since her father came from a family of ten and her mother, a family of seven, there were always aunts, uncles and cousins visiting on weekends. Family is a strong theme in her books and she suspects her childhood memories are the reason.

    After writing romances for twenty years, Karen is excited to see her Caprice De Luca home-stager mystery series published.  Her sleuth reflects many of her interests—interior decorating, cooking, retro fashion, gardening and, most of all, taking in stray animals.  Married to her college sweetheart, Karen has convinced her husband that felines can make purr-fect housemates.  They share their home in the Susquehanna Valley with their three rescued cats.  

    STAGED TO DEATH is Karen’s 83rd published novel!  It’s sequel DEADLY DECOR will be released in June 2014.

    Karen’s Mystery Website
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    Karen’s Blog
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    9 Responses to Quick Six with Karen Rose Smith

    1. Renee Entress
      December 6, 2013 at 6:18 am

      Good morning Karen & Tawny

      I read both so either small town or city is fine. Story sounds great Karen.

      I do like series stories in a small town where you also get to know the other characters. If you learn to love a secondary character in the story and they don’t get a story also you feel as if the story is not truly finished.

      Happy Holidays to you both.



    2. Tonya
      December 6, 2013 at 6:18 am

      Welcome to the Quick Six Ms. Karen! I’ve long been a fan of your work and can’t to read your latest book! As to your question, I prefer a small town over the city. I’ve lived in both and in my small town, it is very peaceful and most of the residents all know each other. I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    3. December 6, 2013 at 8:47 am

      I’m so glad to be at the Quick Six.
      Tonya–thanks for commenting. I hope you enjoy my first mystery!

    4. Colleen
      December 6, 2013 at 9:37 am

      In my reading, I enjoy both small towns and city settings… but in real life, I feel cities are too crowded for me. Thanks for sharing with us… definitely will look into this new series! Happy Holidays! :D

    5. Jessica Sheehan
      December 6, 2013 at 9:55 am

      I live in a small town, so I’m partial to that setting. I also live in a small western town, so that’s even better. :)

    6. Helen
      December 6, 2013 at 10:35 am

      Hi Karen

      I do love the sound of this book :)

      For me I love both either City or small town both will pull me in :)

      Have Fun

    7. bn100
      December 6, 2013 at 2:24 pm

      no preference; depends on the blurb

      bn100candg at hotmail dot com

    8. December 6, 2013 at 3:04 pm

      I always try to develop a sense of community whether I use a small town or city setting. Thanks to everyone for dropping by!

    9. Tammy Y
      December 7, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      I like both small towns and big cities

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