What’s the hardest part of being an author?
I think the hardest part, most of the time, is finding the time to really write. Ideas come to me when I’m driving to work or in the middle of a never-ending meeting. I’ll jot down notes, but when I sit down to actually write my mind is blank. Not being able to find quality writing time can be frustrating.
Can you give us a short synopsis of Witches, Voids and Other Sanity Suckers?
Rick is the Alpha of the only pack of Shifter in Houston, and he likes his life. He’s a private investigator and liaison with local law enforcement. He is respected by his people and, mostly, by the Paranormal Community. Things aren’t perfect, but he’s happy. When the book starts, he has a date with a woman who drives jilted lovers to jump off balconies. And then he gets a phone call from a friend about a favor. His comfortable life, the life he controls, falls apart. He meets Az, whose craziness drives him crazy, he learns that he can’t trust the people he considered friends, and someone tries to take over his city. Sort of boy meets girl, boy likes girl, boy and girl have to stop a madman from killing everyone.
What inspired you to write this book?
I had this vision of a very controlling Alpha being stuck with someone who has been controlled her entire life and rebels. Constantly. There are rules to magic, and he respects those rules, but then she comes along and she is the exception to every magical rule. I love writing character interaction, so that was the main inspiration for the book.
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
Some days I’ll spend two or three hours writing. There are some days when I can only manage ten minutes. I love my “real” job, but it takes up so much more than 40 hours a week.
Name your top five favourite books.
Well, I read Rebecca at least once a year. And if I ever want to get back into the character banter groove, I’ll read through Much Ado About Nothing and Twelfth Night. But that makes me look like a book snob, when really I’ll read just about anything. There are so many different genres in my TBR pile. I guess to round out the list, I’d have to include Susanna Kearsley’s The Winter Sea, anything by Julie James and Courtney Milan, and Mercedes Lackey’s Five Hundred Kingdoms series.
What are you working on now?
I am currently working on two projects. The first is the sequel to Witches, Voids, and other Sanity Suckers. The second project is Letters of Smoke, a book set in Charlotte featuring an ex-cop her blind, psychic partner. They met during the worst case of the cop’s career, and after the smoke cleared they started their own company. In this universe, the Amity Act requires full disclosure on house haunting. Riona and her partner investigate and cleanse houses. What is supposed to be a routine house check turns out to be a scene of murder and cover up.
Title: Witches, Voids and Other Sanity Suckers
Author: Kara Thorpe
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Alpha of the only Shifter pack in Houston, Rick Haskell has his hands full. When the Mage of New Orleans calls for a favor – a favor that pays $400,000 – Rick can’t refuse. Even if that favor means adopting the Mage’s daughter into his ragtag pack. Az Vardan is beautiful, smart, and takes frequent vacations from sanity. Before Rick can learn how to handle the blonde kiss-and-run firecracker, wolfsbane appears in the local coven’s garden, witches mysteriously die in police custody, and a rash of centaur murders rocks Houston’s Paranormal Community. Az’s knowledge of magic may be all that saves Rick’s pack when a new, powerful threat moves in to take over his city.
First person, present tense
Warning: language, violence, and irreverence (and Oxford commas)
Kara Thorpe started writing as a distraction in French class and never stopped (don’t ask her to conjugate many verbs). Born and raised under the South Texas sun, she spends her days navigating Houston traffic and the exciting world of production planning. Nights are for creating character-driven romances and wrangling a stubborn Siamese. Look for Chai’s cameo in each story.