I’m very pleased today to bring you this interview with Karen Pinney, author of Golden Days & Velvet Nights.
1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
Karen Pinney. I currently live in Tampa, Florida
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre? Golden Days and Velvet Nights. The title came from a tag line my husband used to describe our relationship. The book is a romance, a real life romance.
3) What is the book about?
The book is a memoir about two people whose lives intertwined at a time when they’d given up ever finding their love of a lifetime.
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
I’ve always wanted to write a book. When I met my husband I was 64 years old. When he died, I wanted to share an incredible experience that changed me forever.
5) How long did it take you to write it?
5 years….working full time as a cosmetic specialist at Macy’s. I worked the night shift and wrote during the day.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
Writing a book isn’t as easy as it looks. Letting others ready it, an even bigger challenge.
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
My blog “Three Score and Then” is a life message to seniors and adult children from my experiences as the executive director of assisted living communities. My website is a work in progress, but will be named after my book.
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
My greatest success at this time is completing my project. I worried that life would get in the way and prevent me from finishing, and I wrote nearly every day even if only for a short time. I wish I’d had more help editing. I will be more proactive at finding someone for my next book. The cover is a photo from my husbands library of digitals he’d taken and edited.
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
Historical Romance has always been a favorite. I enjoy new authors. Times have changed and their writing is simple and easily digested.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
My number one reference is “And the Ladies of the Club” by Helen Hooven Santmyer. Besides being a wonderful story, Ms Santmyer was 87 when it became a best seller. I can relax; I have plenty of time left.
My all time favorite book is “God is an Englishman” by R.F. Delderfield
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
My miniature schnauzer Raleigh is my significant other. She turns 14 in July, and age had taken it’s toll. Each day is precious.
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device?
If so, what kind and how do you like it? I read most books on my computer or my iPhone.
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