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Karen Magill Return Interview…

February 19, 2015

Karen McGill

What inspired you to write this book?

I have had multiple sclerosis since June of 2000. It took me thirteen years, but I got rid of my cane in 2013 and I thought it was time for people to hear my story. Maybe I’ll be able to help someone.

How did you come up with the title?

On the Right Side

I believe that as long as you aren’t six feet under, you are on the right side and anything is possible. The title is On The Right Side, My Story of Survival and Success.

Is this your first book? How many books have you written (published or unpublished)?

This was my fourth published book, I have five books available. The other four are fiction.

Missing flowersmystique risingThe BondA Little Poison





Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

People are stronger than we think and we can conquer most anything. We are not victims.

How much of the book is realistic?

The entire book!

Are your characters based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Since this is nonfiction, the whole thing is based on my life.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

I don’t think I would change anything in it.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

On The Right Side is an inspiring story

What is your favorite part/chapter of your book/project?

That would have to be the poem at the end. There is a special story to it but you have to read the book to find out! LOL

What is your favorite theme/genre to write?

I enjoy writing paranormal, exploring the unexplainable.

Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?

I can’t think of anything I wouldn’t write on. If I get inspired, I will write on the topic.

What book are you reading now?

The Charisma Myth by Olivia Fox Cabane and Set Your Voice Free by Roger Love.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Unfortunately, for the last few months, I have been buried in technical books and working on speeches. I haven’t had the time to explore any fiction or new writers.

Do you see writing as a career?

Most definitely!

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

I see myself as a highly successful motivational speaker with both nonfiction and fiction books available and selling well.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Getting started! I have tons of ideas but getting them on paper is sometimes difficult.

Have you ever hated something you wrote?

No, I have abandoned many projects, but I have never hated anything. They are all a part of me and to hate them would be to hate myself.

What book do you wish you had written?

I can’t think of any. Not to say that I don’t admire other works because I do but they are part of that writer, not me.

What is your best marketing tip?

Keep an open mind. What works for someone may not work for you and often the thing that worked for you in the past may not work again. And don’t give up.

What genre is your next project? What is it about?

Presently, I am working on speaking career and investigating other markets for On The Right Side.

Can you tell us about your upcoming book?

I am not working on one at the moment though I am playing with ideas for the third in the Julie/Santoro (Missing Flowers, A Little Poison) series.

How do we find your books, blog and bio?

Vancouver Vagabond blog:

Twitter: @KarenMagill


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Karen’s last interview with me -






Interview with Karen Magill…

January 13, 2013

Please welcome Karen Magill, a paranormal author of Missing Flowers.

Karen Magill

When you read the synopsis for this incredible book you will understand why I linked this interview to today’s word  – Enclave – definition: a distinct territorial, cultural, or social unit enclose within or as if within a foreign territory. It describes Karen’s heroine, Julie’s experience as she becomes immersed into two diverse worlds.

a)  Of the characters you have created or envisioned, which is your favorite & why?

My current favorite is one of my newest characters, Julie Seer. She is a psychic that has a past story. Julie has a special ability but in so many ways, she is so normal.

b)  Do you favor one type of genre or do you dabble in more than one?

I write paranormal. I have ventured into paranormal romance, paranormal action/adventure and my latest is paranormal mystery.

c)  What do you enjoy most about writing?

I like having control over events and for just a little while I am able to be a God and decide what is going to happen. That is until the characters take over and start guiding me on how to write.

d)  Have you got a favorite place to write?

I live in a two-bedroom apartment and I have my computer stand in the living room. I write there though there are times I will curl up on the couch and hand write notes and scenes.

e)  Do you plan your stories, or are you a seat of the pants style writer?

I have a basic idea of where I want to the story to go and what I want to happen but I am developing the habit of writing scenes then connecting everything together.

f)  What inspires your stories?

The history around me, my new series combines historical fact with paranormal fiction and the question ‘what if?’

 g)   What are you currently reading?

I am reading two books. One is Burlesque West by Becki L. Ross (reading that for research for my blog, Vancouver Vagabond) and I am reading Mind Hunter by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker – the story of a man who was instrumental in setting up the FBI’s serial crime unit.

h)  Do you have any odd habits or childhood stories?

I can’t think of anything I do that is really odd. Whenever I get stuck in writing, I put in the POISON CD, Flesh and Blood. Then I put on my headphones, turn the music up, and start writing. It usually helps.

i)   Do you have any pets?

No, I used to have cockatiel birds but I developed a rare allergy to them. A potentially fatal allergy

j)  Do you belong to a writing group? If so which one?

I always say that I don’t play well with others so I don’t really join writing groups or partner with others. I am kind of a loner that way.

k)  What age did you start writing stories/poems?

Ever since I learned how to put words together, I have written. I used to sell poems to people in high school for a quarter each.

l)  Do you have a book published? If so what is it called & where can readers purchase it?

Missing Flowers

I have three books published, all are available on Amazon. My first is a paranormal mystery entitled The Bond, A Paranormal Love Story; my second is a paranormal action/adventure called Let Us Play, A Rock ‘n Roll Love Letter (known as Mystique Rising in Kindle) and my latest is Missing Flowers. Missing Flowers is a paranormal mystery set in Vancouver, which incorporates historical fact with fiction and is published by Saga Books.

The Bond

m)  If you could meet one favorite author who would it be and why?

There are so many! I would love to meet Ann Rule and thank her for her stories, which feed my imagination. Danielle Steele once wrote me a letter and I would love to meet her and thank her for that and the inspiration it gave me. The list goes on and on. LOL

n)  If you could live anywhere in the world – where would it be?

Right now, I love living where I am. I enjoy this city and Vancouver has inspired my new series of books.

o)  What’s your  favorite movie of all time?

That is a difficult question. I like the movie Timeline with Paul Walker – travelling back in time is a fascination for me; Turk 182 with Timothy Hutton is a great story of a young man taking on local government for a good cause; The Crow with the late Brandon Lee fascinates me. I love movies that spark my imagination and may plant an idea for a future book.

p)  Where can readers find you and your blog?

My blog is at; my website is and I am on Facebook at : and my Facebook fan page is: . I am on twitter @KarenMagill

q)  Do you have plans or ideas for your next book?

I am working on my next book now. It is a continuation of the Julie Seer and Santoro Ricci series. It is set in Vancouver and focuses on the area and history of this city as well as a murder and the paranormal.

r)  Who is your best supporter/mentor/encourager?

That would have to be my parents. They have always supported me, made suggestions, and sometimes just listened. If it weren’t for them, I may have given up long ago.

Thank you for an awesome interview, Karen.

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