Interview with mystery author Karen Randau

author Karen Randau is here today
talking about her new thriller novel, Deadly
(Rim Country Mystery Series Book 1).

During her
virtual book tour, Karen will be awarding a $30 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift
card (winner’s choice) to a lucky randomly drawn winner. To be entered for a
chance to win, use the form below.
To increase your chances of winning, feel free to visit
her other tour stops
and enter there, too!

A native of the southwestern U.S., Karen Randau has been writing
and telling stories since elementary school. She holds a degree in
journalism/public relations from The University of Texas at Austin and has
enjoyed a long career in marketing communications. In her work with an
international non-profit, she has traveled to numerous developing countries,
witnessing famines, violence, and hopeful people working to overcome abject
poverty. She loves fast-paced mysteries and thrillers, especially those with
intricate plots, lots of action, and rollercoaster-like twists and turns.

Please share a little bit about your
current release.
Deadly Deceit is about a woman named Rita Warren
who lives the kind of life we all want — happy family, nice house, good
friends… until a confused young man blows away her husband and thirteen other
people during movie previews and popcorn in the local theater. Now alone and
stalked by a mysterious man on a Harley, she begins to question everything she
thought she knew about her thirty year marriage. And about herself. She
overcomes the kind of adversity we hope to never encounter to find that she is
stronger, smarter, and braver than she ever imagined.

What inspired you to write this book?
The opening tragedy is ripped from the headlines. When these things happen,
we hear a lot about the criminal, but we tend not to hear as much about the
families who struggle to piece together their shattered lives and emotions.
That’s the story I wanted to tell, using a heroine with faults and weaknesses
like the rest of us. I wanted her to become an example of how we can overcome
even the darkest day of our lives. Rita could have chosen to let her fear
cripple her. Instead, she chose not to let her trauma scare her from living a
full life.

Excerpt from Deadly Deceit (Rim Country Mystery Series Book 1):
Minutes later; theater full, lights down, previews playing, Motorcycle
Guy stood in the aisle next to Jared, glaring down at him. Both hands were now
under his jacket.

“Can I help
you?” The rudeness in Jared’s voice made me cringe. For the thousandth time, I
wondered what had gotten into him lately.
“Baa baa.”
Sarcasm coated Motorcycle Guy’s strange words. He dropped his jacket to reveal
a gun in his right hand.
The muzzle
flared. My eardrums felt as if they shattered. Popcorn, blood, flesh, Jared’s
brains pelleted my numb face. Jared slumped against me, then toppled forward. I
tried to catch him but slipped on the gore that covered us. We fell to the
Guy shouted something about Allah and disappeared.
under my seat, I covered my ears with my hands. I squeezed my eyes to shut out
the image of my husband’s body. Much of his head gone. Jared no longer inside.
A crypt of aloneness encased me. My scream spewed grief, fear, and a dozen
other emotions that I was too panic-stricken to identify.
More shots.
Muffled wails. Jared’s combat experience in the first Gulf War had always made
me feel secure, untouchable. He couldn’t protect me this time. I pulled my knees
to my chest as I touched Jared’s hand, and prayed that I would be with him in
A distant
man’s voice shouted, “Hey, scumbag.” Another shot rang out, different than the
others. Then everything was quiet … except for muted sobs and a sharp, rhythmic
ringing in my ears, created by the shot that had taken Jared from me forever.

What exciting story are you working
on next?

I’m currently working on Deadly
(Rim Country Mystery Series Book Two). In it, I take Rita and
Cliff to Scotland. Cliff discovers that his roots are much different than he
was told his whole life. A hotel clerk dies while check in to the honeymoon
suite of a luxurious hotel. The action shifts into high gear for a one-of-a-kind
tour of the Scottish Highlands. Cliff discovers the truth about his grandfather
he never met, and Rita puts her life on the line to prove their innocence as
the body count continues to rise.

When did you first consider yourself a

I’ve been
writing since I first learned how to print my name in elementary school. I
processed all of my major life events by writing about them, but for myself.
English was my favorite class throughout school. I earned a degree in
journalism but still didn’t consider myself a writer until I had writer in my
professional title. I didn’t consider myself a novelist until a friend talked
me into writing a novel, and I started taking classes on novel writing. That
was about four years ago.

Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?

I work full-time for an international relief and development organization that
helps vulnerable people in developing countries pull themselves from poverty.
Writing marketing materials is a part of my workday. I find it difficult to
write after work and do most of my novel writing on the weekends or in the
early morning before work.

What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
I put a lot of effort into outlining the entire book before I start
writing. Then I use up my whole outline by the end of Act 1 and have to
re-outline from major turning point to major turning point. I also do a lot of
writing in my head while I hike in the woods or as I pace around my house.

As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?
For a short period, I wanted to be a nurse like the famous Civil War nurse
Clara Barton. That flew out the window when I had a tonsillectomy and learned
what nurses do. For another short while, I thought I wanted to be an interior
designer, which would make the artists in my life laugh because of my lack of
skill in that area. That lasted one semester in college. Most of my life, I
wanted to be a writer.

Anything additional you want to share with
the readers?

Deadly Deceit is published by Short
on Time Books and is currently available in paperback and e-book. The audio
version will be out soon.

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7 thoughts on “Interview with mystery author Karen Randau

  1. CJ says:

    Great interview!! Good luck with the books release and all of your future endeavors. Thanks so much for the giveaway and I hope you have yourself a great weekend! 🙂

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