This week’s Inheritance Books are from the romance and YA author Karen Rock, who is on tour with her latest book His Hometown Girl.
Hi Karen, welcome to Inheritance Books. Tell me a bit about yourself.
Hello and thank you so much for hosting me on your wonderful blog. I’m a former English teacher turned Young Adult and Adult Contemporary Romance author. While I’m a huge fan of fantasy, sci-fi, dystopian, horror, literary, supernatural, historical, and suspense thriller books, and not one for massive PDA and over-the-top romantic gestures, I’ve found that, as a writer, my talent is in telling love stories that move people. Go figure :-). Maybe the sentiment I have a hard time expressing has found an outlet through my characters. I have a wonderful husband, Greg, and a lovely daughter, Danielle, as well as a cat whom we mistakenly named Angel before we got to know his devilish soul and two, sweet, elderly Cavalier King Cocker spaniels- Lizzie and Little Bit- who now believe playing fetch means I retrieve the ball after I’ve thrown it while they bark madly *sigh*.
Lol. Sounds like those dogs have you well trained!
Which book have you inherited from the generation above? Why is it special?
As you can see, I am a huge book fan. Period. I will literally read/become engrossed/obsessed even with anything that is well-written. If I go to books from older generations, I would have to name J.R.R. Tolkien’s LORD OF THE RINGS series as having the greatest influence on me as a person and writer. As a kid, I spent more time in the worlds I made up in my head than the one I actually lived in. When I discovered Middle Earth, I felt as though I’d woken from a dream. This magical place was an escape and a confirmation that even grown people dream. That growing up would not mean an end to my imagination as I feared it would. This series encouraged me to tell stories that would transport people into experiences and places they’ve never been and won’t want to leave. A fan wrote me that she wanted to live in my book, HIS HOMETOWN GIRL. When I read that, I smiled, thinking of Tolkien’s worlds, and feeling that I’d done what I’d always wanted to do as a writer.
Which book would you like to leave to future generations? Why?
I would like to leave Alice Walker’s THE COLOR PURPLE. It’s stunning, powerful prose about prejudice, feminism, and finding the beauty and power in yourself is a message I wish all young women (and men) would have the chance to receive.
Thank you very much for sharing your favourite books with us, Karen. Enjoy the rest of your tour!
Karen’s new book His Hometown Girl is available now. For news about Karen’s upcoming books, contests and appearances, please stop by her website at http://www.karenrock.com, ‘like’ her Facebook page at or follow her on Twitter (@karenrock5)