Welcome to WOLF NOTES, where interview questions stray from the rest of the pack. It’s nice to know the usual stuff like where an author gets their inspiration and why they write, but sometimes we need a little fun in our lives.
Karen DeMers Dowdall, PhD, MSN, BSN, was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and spent her elementary-grade school years in the small farming community of Salmon Brook, settled in 1680 by a stalwart group of Europeans. She grew up exploring Salmon Brook’s Forest Preserve, swimming in Salmon Brook, and ice-skating on a “haunted” pond in winter.
Karen has traveled extensively, and has lived in the Republic of China, Saudi Arabia, and England. Living overseas opened a vista of cultures and history. It led her to understand that all cultures have storytellers that reveal all their hopes and dreams through vivid fantasy fictions, poetry, short stories, and dramatic written presentations, throughout their cultural history.
Karen has always written poems, songs, and short stories. She now has three novels that represent fantasy, coming of age, and a dark mystery. Her next novel is a time-slip fiction love story set in the present and 1692 – the age of the witch trials, and will be published in December 2018.
Wolf: If you could be any animal in the universe, what would it be and why?
Karen: I would be a Singing Blue Sparrow. Many people don’t know that the sparrow family of birds come in many colors.
Wolf: That sounds lovely. If you had to pick a weapon, what would it be and why?
Karen: Words are the best weapons, because they can hurt and heal too.
Wolf: So true. What is the nicest thing you’ve ever done to your characters?
Karen: Let them live, be happy, and fall in love!
Wolf: You’ve just been turned into a plant. Describe yourself.
Karen: I would be a daisy in a field of beautiful daisies.
Wolf: Pretty. I’ve always liked daisies. Do you consider yourself a cat person, or a dog person?
Karen: I am an animal lover, but I love doggies best.
Wolf: Me as well. While walking in the woods you come across…
Karen: A bear and this is true! During a forest fire, my cousins and I were caught up in a forest fire and we ran for home, running beside me and my sister, was a large black bear. We looked at each other and I thought he smiled at me. All the other forest animals, large and small, were running with us too.
Wolf: That’s scary! Glad you and your family escaped the fire. I hope the bear did as well. If you could have a super power, what would it be?
Karen: I would be a guardian Angel.
Wolf: The world is about to end. What is the first thing you do?
Wolf: What is your favorite body of water and why? (river, ocean, waterfall, puddle, bottle…)
Karen: I was an ocean life guard when I was in college and so I love the ocean.
Wolf: Crashing waves. Salty water. Perfect. What story are you working on now?
Karen: I am writing a time-slip novel during the colonial period when women were accused of witchcraft. It is a fantasy and a love story too that transcends time.
Wolf: That sounds cool. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Karen: I love to walk daily, and above all, I love to dance and even owned a dance studio. I love to teach little girls and boys to dance. To be a really good dancer, one must learn ballet, modern dance, jazz and contemporary dances.
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