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 Janowsky has loved superheroes and ancient mythology since the first time she saw the Super Friends on television in 1970’s. Because flying an invisible jet was never a viable career option, and because running around in a cape, swimsuit, and bright red boots is not socially acceptable for adults, she teaches yoga and writing at the College of Southern Maryland. Her stories and poems have been featured in several anthologies and literary magazines since 1991. She received her master’s degree in English from Florida State University.
Wolf: If you could be any animal in the universe, what would it be and why?
Karen: I’ll probably stick to human for the sake of self-preservation. I don’t especially want to be on an endangered list, or anywhere on the food chain.
Wolf: Good idea. What is the strangest food you’ve ever eaten?
Karen: Turkish delight. I was curious because of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Imagine eating one of those fancy soaps that are pink and molded into roses—the kind you see in Grandma’s bathroom on the top of the toilet.
Wolf: Eating soap is no fun. They make Turkish delight in other flavors. They taste much better. If you had to pick a weapon, what would it be and why?
Karen: Words. I will cut my foes down with insults and sarcasm.
Wolf: Ouch. You’ve just been turned into a plant. Describe yourself.
Karen: I’m probably one of those short, squat plants with long, fibrous leaves that look like frizzy, unkempt hair.
Wolf: That sounds very familiar. If you could have a super-power, what would it be?
Karen: Definitely teleportation, because I’m not a fantastic traveler and that would save me some stress. The only power better than that would be shape shifting, because I could make myself a little taller and thinner.
Wolf: I wouldn’t change a thing. You look great. There is a door at the end of a dark, damp corridor. You hear rumbling. What do you do?
Karen: If the rumbling is because of a loud nebulizer, I’d go on in. Damp corridors usually mean mold, which I’m allergic to!
Wolf: Which of your characters is your favorite?
Karen: Daniel is my favorite. I think I identify with him most in terms of the journey toward confidently finding one’s place in the world.
Wolf: What is your favorite body of water and why? (river, ocean, waterfall, puddle, bottle…)
Karen: I think my favorite is a clean, clear lake. Lakes can be vast but have boundaries. I like that surety. Of course, any body of water would have to be 100% devoid of snakes.
Wolf: I take it you are not a serpent fan. What story are you working on now?
Karen: I am working on a sequel to my superhero romance trilogy, The Persistence of Memory. It features a popular side character, Miriam.
Wolf: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Karen: I also teach yoga, and the yoga classroom is very much my happy place.
Wolf: Very relaxing. Thanks for visiting. You can learn more about Karen at these sites:
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Karen-Janowsky/e/B07QTB7FHS