I’m starting to believe there’s something in the Ontario water that nurtures creativity. Six authors this month are from Ontario (you’ve met three of them already – do you remember who they were?) Well, add today’s guest, Karen Dales, to their number.

For all you paranormal readers, you might want to write down Karen’s name as she writes paranormal stories – vampires to be specific. Her newest book, Angel of Death, is the first in the Chosen Chronicles series:

The Vampires of London are being murdered and only the Angel of Death can save them. When Father Paul Notus is captured and threatened with a gruesome death by the Mistress of London and her Vampires, the Angel is forced into a dark world of murder and deception to discover who is killing the Vampires of Britain.

Forced into a partnership with the Noble Fernando de Sagres, a vampire of sadistic tastes, and joined by the beautiful and mortal Jeanie Stuart, the Angel seeks out who is behind these killings.

Plagued by demons from his past and his increasing affections for Jeanie, the Angel walks a fine line between his heart and his fears. He discovers the culprits but at a high cost – the irrevocable discovery of what he truly is and the Destruction of one he loves.

Leah: Yes, I know, I’m not supposed to ask this question since an author is supposed to love all their books equally but …what’s your favourite of all the books you’ve written?

Karen: I’ve written two books: ‘Changeling: Prelude to the Chosen‘ and ‘Angel of Death: Book One of the Chosen‘. They are currently being sold together in one volume. As to which book was my favourite to write, I would have to say both, mainly because I initially wrote them as one book before they were broken into two.

I love origin stories, and for me writing the Angel’s origin in ‘Changeling’ was a lot of fun. I just dived in there and let the story flow. It was hard at first just to keep to the salient points of his life. I could have easily gone and made it longer and more detailed, but it would not have flowed as well as it does.

Angel of Death is the meat of the story, where I really had to chew things over many times before I put fingers to laptop. What I also really enjoyed about this portion of the story was going further into the development of the Angel and his relationships. Here I was able to explore aspects of the Angel that I only touched upon in Changeling. The amounts of research I did even led me to visit London, England, and Wales.

Leah: Oh, man, you got to visit London and Wales for your research? If you have to go again, do you need an assistant? Would you take me?

Karen: Of course, I’d love to take you with me. I’ll even pay all your expenses.

Leah: Wheee!

Oh, all right, I admit it, I made up Karen’s answer. *pouts* Here’s the next question: Did one book give you more trouble than the others? (Hmm, I think maybe my readers might be sensing a theme since I’ve asked this question before, LOL. There is one. Writing is HARD!)

Karen: Yes. Angel of Death gave me more difficulty to write because I didn’t want to finish it! I loved writing it so much that I didn’t want the story to end so I ended up getting ‘stuck’ for quite some time until Shadow of Death started percolating in my mind. Once I knew I had another book in the series I could write, I could finish Angel of Death.

There was another part that also halted me from finishing it at first. There is a very intensely violent scene towards the end that shook me up. I did not know how to write it in a way that would allow the Angel to keep his dignity. It took a lot of time to run through the scene in my mind (several times and renditions) before I could finally write it out. I’m glad that I finally did. Once I got past that point I was able to keep going.

Leah: I’m betting that if it shook you up, it’ll definitely shake up the reader. Here’s another question I’ve been told off for asking but being the obstinate, um, child I am … who’s been your favourite character to write?

Karen: Hands down it would have to be the Angel. After all the crux of the story revolves around him. There are aspects of him that just drew me and pulled those aspects of myself out. I also think that he represents the shadow side of ourselves that we tend not to deal with, but for him he must deal with them every moment of every night. Essentially he is haunted by the eternal question ‘who am I?’

Leah: I think I’m still asking myself that question. What’s your biggest distraction when writing?

Karen: I would have to say my full time job. Currently I am an office administrator for an Ophthalmology clinic. By the time I come home to feed the family and spend time with them I’m completely pooped. I keep saying that my job has gotten in the way of my career and it’s so true. I live for the day when I can stay home and write. I hope that happens soon, because I’m already getting fans nudging me to get the next novel out! LOL!

Leah: I am in awe of writers who work full-time and still manage to complete a novel. Then you throw in the amount of time and effort it takes to promote the book, and … well, let’s just say I have to wonder how you ever find time to sleep.

If one of my readers were sitting reading this, thinking, I’d love to write or I’ve been writing a book, what advice would you give them?

Karen: Very simply…the Publishing Industry is changing whether the big Publishing Houses like it or not. Authors no longer need the validation of these houses to see their books in print. Basically the publishing industry is going the way of the music industry and I’m happy for it. This means if you really and truly want to become a success as a novelist…write and write a lot. Emulate the masters of your time (not previous times) and develop your own style. But writing a novel doesn’t just end there one MUST be an entrepreneur and wear many hats. The author must be an editor; a graphic artist, a publicist, marketer and accountant…above all the author must be a writer.

Leah: Wow, with all that work to be done, you must indulge in some guilty pleasures occasionally. (I know I do.) So what’s your favorite dessert?

Karen: Strawberry shortcake.

Leah: Yum. And now for something completely different – bath or shower?

Karen: Shower. The idea of sitting in murky water as a way to get clean…ewww. Not to mention…a shower is great when your shoulders and neck are sore from too much time on the computer. 🙂

Leah: Hmm, guess that means you doesn’t read in the tub for hours the way I do. There’s nothing more relaxing than throwing some nice bath crystals into steaming hot water (I know this terrific place in Peterborough that makes them by hand — oh, and they’re pretty good for soothing sore muscles too), grabbing my favorite book, closing the door against interruptions and voila … it’s Leah time! Oops, hijacked that question didn’t I? Sorry, Karen.

Okay, here’s another one for you. When you’re not writing, what do you like to do just to kick back and relax?

Karen: I LOVE movies…action sci-fi/fantasy/comic movies are the best. Basically give me a guy flick and I’m a happy camper. Favourite movie I can watch over and over….Transformers. My Tech Guru and I often get distracted with Transformer talk all to the dismay of my Publicist, Marketing Manager and Graphic Artist! LOL

Thanks Mike for letting me have Ravage for a while! He’s on my desk beating up Jazz! LOL

Leah: Thanks for playing in my sandbox with us today, Karen.


If you’d like to know more about Karen’s novels, you can visit her website, or follow her on her blog. She can also be found on Twitter (@KarenDales), on Facebook, Livejournal, or on her Yahoo loop. You should also check out some of the pictures taken at her Book Launch. And this fantastically funny cartoon made up about her launch by Anthony Greenidge. Or check out the review Karen got over at Bitten By Books. (Take a look at who wrote that one up. We’re in distinguished company, ladies.)

Karen is graciously offering a signed and numbered copy of her book Angel of Death to one lucky commenter today.

*Strawberry shortcake photo courtesy of Stu Spivak on Flickr

Karen Dales is one of the Chosen

43 thoughts on “Karen Dales is one of the Chosen

  • July 18, 2009 at 5:05 am

    Hi 🙂
    Thank you for introducing me to a another great author! Great interview Karen Dales. Angel of Death is on my To Be Read list now. Sounds very intriguing and unique.
    Checking out her blog & Twitter too.
    Love from North Ontario

  • July 18, 2009 at 5:09 am

    Oh I would LOVE to win a copy the book sounds really great!
    And strawberry short cake is my favorite to =P

    I put a widget on left-hand side of my blog to spread the love!

  • July 18, 2009 at 5:12 am

    Hi, Tynga

    Thanks for visiting my blog. (Having the widget on your sidebar enters you in my "Spreadin' the Love" contest for each day it's up. Thanks and good luck!)

  • July 18, 2009 at 5:15 am

    Oh I forgot to mention I'm from Montreal.
    Some love here from your french neighbours =)

  • July 18, 2009 at 5:45 am

    I'm always looking for new authors and series to read, this is my favorite genre!

  • July 18, 2009 at 6:15 am

    I've been interested in reading Angel of Death ever since Shell Bryce(@Hockeyvampiress) tweeted to me about Karen Dale's book on Twitter. Karen's website just makes me more intrigued, I want to know more about who the Angel is.

    Thank you for the interview, it was fun to read.

  • July 18, 2009 at 6:35 am

    Hello Karen,

    Loved the interview. Your book sounds fascinating. Have a great day.

  • July 18, 2009 at 6:49 am

    Great interview. That strawberry shortcake looks decadent…lol!!!

    I've put your book on my wishlist, I love vampire stories.


  • July 18, 2009 at 6:52 am

    Great interview! This sounds like another great read! You have done good Leah! 😀

  • July 18, 2009 at 6:56 am

    Karen, that is a striking book cover did you design it??

  • July 18, 2009 at 7:29 am

    Well Hello Ladies!!! Whoot Whoot what can I say after the build up that Leah and Fantasy Dreamer set up….. how about… If you have not read the book…. you will regret not getting in on the ground level of such an amazing story by a sweet and fantastic author. (I say this because compared to the warped humor Leah and I sometimes come up with Karen is a sweetheart.)LOL
    Karen, I love you and your work. Make no bones about it I consider being friends with your talented self a highlight to my life. Meeting you at Starbucks was great and I hope that we can get together again soon. Maybe on the 10th for that road trip…… Thank you for writing such an amazing book and sharing Angels story with us all.


  • July 18, 2009 at 7:46 am

    Just when I think my budget is safe, Leah introduces another great author for me to read. Thanks, Leah for all the new authors so far and I hope there are a few more to come. Since reading is my main passion, and vampires top my list, this goes to the top of my "must have" list.

  • July 18, 2009 at 7:47 am

    Sounds like a great story from a genre that is my favorite! Thanks for visiting us today!

  • July 18, 2009 at 7:47 am

    Hmm, did Hockey Vampiress just diss me? Warped humor? Oh, well, yeah, I guess that's true … but I can be a sweetheart too … well, no, maybe I can't. Still … hmmmph.

  • July 18, 2009 at 8:16 am

    LOL I love you too woman but I was going to wait till your day to tell you that…. and if you read it right…. I have the warped humor too….. you signed off twitter too early last night…. LOL

  • July 18, 2009 at 8:50 am

    Hi Leah and Karen!

    Great interview and these books definately are ones I would love to read.

    Thanks for a chance to win a book

    Terri W.

  • July 18, 2009 at 9:37 am

    Great interview. I love paranormals and you name is definately going on my list.
    lexeetoste at sbcglobal.net

  • July 18, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Congrats on the new release. Looking forward to reading your Chosen Chronicles series.

  • July 18, 2009 at 10:11 am

    Nice interview. Congratulations on your new release. Count me in.

  • July 18, 2009 at 10:25 am

    Great interview Karen. Congrats on your new release!

  • July 18, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Great interview! Angel of Death sounds great. Please count me in 🙂

  • July 18, 2009 at 11:45 am

    Another new to me author! My TBR pile is more of a mountain with all the books i have found here.

  • July 18, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    I am grumpy, Leah. I miss e-mails from you. (HINT)

    I've posted this at Win a Book anyway. Even though you don't love me anymore.

    I really want to win this, but … not until I'm more caught up on MT. TBR. Three more books showed up here in the past two days. It's out of control.

  • July 18, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Another new author for me too.This books sounds great and one I know I'd like to read.
    Great Interview,I love strawberry shortcake too especially with freshly picked Ontario berries.

  • July 18, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    I really enjoyed the interview. Angel of Death sounds like a fantastic read. Love me some vamps!

  • July 18, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Hi Michelle,

    Thanks for the question about the cover design.

    I had the idea in mind, but it was my husband's magic who did it. We had to buy the sword and then he photographed it on a green screen. Then came the magic. I haven't a clue exactly what he did, but he make the image I had come to life.

    We did tweak it here and there, but essentially what you see is what you get.

    I'm glad that my publisher used my husband.:)

  • July 18, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Hey Shell!

    Wow! I'm blushing! And I'm wearing the t-shirt you gave me that day at Starbucks. I always tell people that I got it from you.:)

    Oh…and as for a ride for the 10th! Just make it into T.O. and off we go!


  • July 18, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Thanks so much for all the positive words everyone! Greatly appreciated!

    I'll be at FanExpo this year as a guest along side fellow authors Max Brooks, Jack Ketchum, and Kelley Armstrong!

    Then I'll be at Word On The Street in Toronto. My Marketing Goddess is planning a picnic for fans to come out and join me and I'll read parts of my novel on request. Info on that will be forthcoming on my website and on my fangroup on Facebook.

    If anyone has any questions for me, I'd be happy to answer them.:)



  • July 18, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    Thank you, Leah for having me here! I had to laugh at the comment you inserted about me taking everyone to the UK.:) Good one! LOL



  • July 18, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    Would love to read this!

    janemaritz at yahoo dot com

  • July 18, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Thanks, MoziEsmé,

    My book is also available through my website http://www.thechosenchronicles.com where we're still selling the signed and numbered limited editions.:)

  • July 18, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Strawberry shortcake … nom nom nom.

  • July 18, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    1st.. Wow.. Tell your hubby hats off. That's a great cover he did.
    2nd.. Congrats on the book release. Looks like this is going to be a fantastic series. Great interview you 2. Guess I need to get my behind in gear & find some stuff to sell on eBay.. I'm going to need alot more book money..LOL
    I'll still keep my fingers crossed for this one.
    Thank you for sharing,and the contest.
    ioki_jo at hotmail dot com

  • July 18, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    This looks to be the beginning of a wonderful series!! I don't know how you do it though, I got tired just reading about a day filled with job, family, and writing. Good luck with the series!!

  • July 18, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    ok first off i have to say now i want strawberry shortcake lol

    i love the cover of ur book cant wiat to read it so congrats on that would love to win how awesome would that be but i never do lols oo i just try often but congrats on the release

  • July 19, 2009 at 1:00 am

    Need to go check this book out. Thanks for the introduction.

  • July 19, 2009 at 1:22 am

    Oh that cake….I neeed that cake 😉
    Reading and eating cake, now is there anything better in life

  • July 19, 2009 at 3:11 am

    Awesome post. And some books I'll definitely be checking out. The more vampire novels I can get my hands on, the better. Love it.

  • July 19, 2009 at 4:22 am

    Great interview. Stopped on a dime at that shortcake photo..it looks so-o-o yummy! Book sounds good too!

  • July 19, 2009 at 6:28 am

    Hi iokijo,

    1) Thanks so much! I'll let my hubby know you like the cover.:)

    2) Thanks! I hope it does turn out to be a fantastic series. I already have fans and the staff at DDP asking me when Shadow of Death will be done! LOL I keep saying, I'm working on it but my damned day job gets in the way of my career!

  • July 19, 2009 at 6:29 am

    Hi Cybercliper,

    Thanks! I sometimes wonder if I've somehow created a timesphere in my office where time runs differently (or I've created more hours in the day). Most often I've learned to live on caffeine (my addiction;) and lack of sleep.:)

  • July 19, 2009 at 6:31 am

    Okay…everyone is going on and on about the strawberry shortcake. I am SO going to have to pick me up some at the store today!

    I may have to create a new writing ritual…eating strawberry shortcake while writing!

  • July 19, 2009 at 7:06 am

    So many things to do…. but I do plan on getting around to buying a copy of your book, Karen. Great interview! All the best to you.


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