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The MAGIC of MYSTERY

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by Karen E. Rigley

Mysteries fascinate us. We instinctively want to unravel a mystery. It leads to basics of human survival, scientific discoveries and captivating literature.

From childhood we seek answers to questions like: Why is the sky blue? What’s inside the box? Or where does this eye fit on the dinosaur puzzle?

We also wonder what will happen when Hansel and Gretel get lost in the woods. Or why the wind blows. Or if our toys come to life after we fall asleep.

We’re hooked practically from birth. Both curiousity and challenge tease our imaginations. So no wonder we seek mystery in our entertainment – stories, movies, games.

Where? What? Who? How? Why? What if?

The world revolves around mysteries.

I’m a mystery fan. I read it, watch it, write it. No matter what type of story I write – I’ll spice it with mystery. You’ll discover it in my fantasy, science fiction, romance, humor – not just in my intrigue or suspense. No wonder I’m excited about creating a series of mystery novels. It’s, ah, in my blood. 😉

 

MYSTERY FAN

Tales modern or woven in history,

I always love a good mystery.

Using clues to unravel a bit,

it’s amusing to guess who done it,

where and how and why;

who’ll be next to die.

Determined authors can rarely fool

this armchair detective keeping cool.

My favorite tales to be direct,

reveal my guesses are incorrect.

Karen Elizabeth Rigley

 

CLOAKED METHOD

The secret to writing a mystery book

requires more than a beginning hook.

It takes more than an intriguing clue

discovered by an exploring gumshoe.

Don’t depend upon poison or knife

or a dangerous shadow threatening life.

Creating an intriguing story

entails more than killing gory,

inventing more than a detective wise

or exploring all three suspects lies.

An author needs more to make a good read

than motives of love, betrayal and greed.

Here lies the real secret my friend,

plan it backward from the end.

Karen Elizabeth Rigley

 

Autumn Thoughts

Autumn is a bittersweet season. I am enchanted by the scarlet, gold and russet leaves kissed by sunshine and brilliant against blue skies. The fragrance of autumn leaves as they crunch under my feet is heavenly. Watching the children rake those leaves to launch their little bodies and jump into the pile of leaves always triggers my laughter.

And memories of my own childhood joy jumping into the leaves.

Spicy apple cider, pumpkins and corn stalks from today to long ago are woven into those memories. Yet, the crisp chilly nights warn me the winter approaches. I’m not ready for winter–for snow and ice and darkness gobbling daylight.

You know what that means? Shoes. Sox. Even boots. I have to give up running around barefoot. Sigh. I want summer back.

SUMMER EMBERS

Glowing embers of summer fade

growing dimmer with autumn’s approach.

Daisies, roses and sunflowers

drop petals

onto carpets of grass.

Tiger lilies fold their bright blossoms

defying dull browns to come.

Scarlet, gold and russet kiss September leaves.

Crispness creeps into breezes

ruffling meadow grass,

nature transforms to glowing gold.

Summer unwraps Earth’s blanket of warmth

allowing autumn stealthy access.

                                                              Karen Elizabeth Rigley

FALL ARRIVES

Autumn leaves dance from

waving branches to desert

trees naked in wind.

                      Karen Elizabeth Rigley

 

 

Friends & Writers quiz

Friends and Writers

by Karen E. Rigley

Where did the myth of lonely writers come from? Real life. Probably mine. The weird hours, concentration and total submersion into our craft, take a heavy toll on our social lives.

Friends are very annoying when they interrupt a creative roll, so we tend to brush them aside. It’s hard for them to understand why we rarely return their calls, why we decide not to attend that new movie we’ve been waiting to open, or why we forget to come over when promised.

“But I’m writing,” we plea.

“You can write later,” they reply.

It’s especially difficult to sustain friendships with nonwriters, let alone nurture those friendships. Here’s a quiz to see what kind of a friend a writer makes. Take it and see how you rate.

1. Your friends ask you to go to a concert with them. Do you:

(a) attend the concert

(b) beg off to meet a deadline

(c) buy ink cartridges instead of a concert ticket

2. You invited a few friends over on the evening of the fifteenth. At eight P.M. you are:

(a) putting the last minute touches on the hors d`oerves

(b) scooping papers and manuscripts off the furniture

(c) still in your robe, fingers flying over the computer keyboard as you swear at the doorbell

3. Your best friend calls to cry on your shoulder. What do you do?

(a) say come on over

(b) make soothing sounds over the phone as you continue typing

(c) interrupt to brag about your latest sale

4. You’re meeting your friends for lunch at a cozy restaurant in the mall at noon. Noon finds you:

(a) greeting your friends and waiting for a table

(b) in the bookstore across the mall setting up a book signing

(c) home eating a tuna sandwich and editing your final draft

5. You’ve just emerged from a long writing binge and suddenly feel very lonely. Now you:

(a) go to a movie with a friend

(b) call a few friends and find they’ve moved away

(c) write an article on lonely writers

SCORE:

5 points for every (a) answer

2 points for every (b) answer

0 points for every (c) answer

22-25 points — TRUE FRIEND (obviously not a writer)

15-21 points — OKAY PAL (you must not have deadlines)

9-14 points — SOCIAL CATERPILLAR

0-8 points — LONELY WRITER

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Donna’s Real World Blog Interview

 
 
Thursday, October 13, 2011

Karen E. Rigley is in the House!!

 
Karen is the first author from Soul Mate Publishing on my schedule for the week. Her book, That Carrington Magic was released yesterday!! Without further ado, here is Karen….
 
It’s great to have you here on my blog! Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Incurable romantic who never gives up on the dream of happily ever after. Also an award-winning author/designer/poet. Writing is essential as breathing to me & I’ve been writing since childhood–inspired by my love of reading. I have a big crazy family, so often my stories center on families. I adore mine–especially my daughter & grandkids who are the joy of my life.
 
What do you consider to be the most romantic thing?
When your special someone does something out of the blue to lift your spirits or ease a burden. That’s true love.
 
Do you ever write in your PJ’s?
Oh, yes. Often the muse hits when I’m in bed & supposed to be sleeping. Sometimes characters & stories give you no choice but to get back up and write. I also write wearing my grubby gardening clothes or painting clothes. I won’t win any style awards for my, ah, writing attire. Barefoot & wearing worn, faded jeans is most common.
 
Cats or dogs?
Both. That includes writing or reading about both as well. 😉
 
Favorite drinks:
When it’s chilly, I enjoy hot cocoa or tea. When it’s hot– ice water, raspberry lemonade, Vanilla Coke Zero or Vanilla Diet Pepsi.
 
Vanilla or chocolate ice cream?
Not so much into ice cream—prefer frozen yogurt or sherbet. Food weakness is I’m a chocoholic. Dark chocolate anything & it’s difficult for me to resist.
 
What are 4 things you never leave home without?Purse, lip gloss, cellphone & shoes—I often have to remember to put shoes on. . .
 
Laptop or desktop for writing?
Both. I even email files of work in progress to myself from my laptop to desktop or visa-versa.

Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?
Most anywhere: if at home–living room with the TV on, kitchen with music playing, outside on the glider-swing or even upstairs in my office.

If you were deserted on an island, who are 3 famous people you would want with you?
I’d prefer my family, but for famous people—hmm. That’s hard. Got to think about that one. Maybe Nat King Cole so he can sing to me, Agatha Christie so she can tell me stories & a hunky carpenter like Kurt Russell played in Overboard who can build us a boat.

An actor you have a crush on?
Cary Grant. I know, I know—he’s old & dead. But have you ever watched his old movies???

What is a movie or TV show that you watched recently and really enjoyed?
I love the combination of mystery & romance in Castle.

What made you decide to be an author?
A writer is a reader first. My love of reading inspired me to write.

How did you choose the genre you write in?
I write in many, but I weave romance into all of them.

Are you a panster or a plotter and why?
Bit of both.

Is there a particular author who may have  influenced you?
So many. Mary Higgins Clark wins for romantic suspense.

What is your all time favorite book?
How can I choose only one? Truly, this is impossible for me to answer.

What is your favorite quote from That Carrington Magic?

A plastic rubber-tipped arrow zinged past Jami’s left ear. She glanced up just as the arrow hit target. It stuck onto the forehead of a very handsome, very startled man, who halted mid-stride with his hand outstretched toward her.
So much for Cupid. Jami cringed. Toby-the-Terror had struck again.

How much trouble did your characters give you while writing your new release?
My characters demanded my attention at the most inconvenient times. Plus they said & did things of their own accord—not in the game plan, but always made for a better story.

Where do you get your ideas from?
Ideas come from everywhere—a fragment of overheard conversation, fragrance drifting on the breeze, a love song, sunset turning the ocean to liquid copper, a gossamer memory, inspiration is endless as the simple phrase “What if?”

How did you choose your title?
THAT CARRINGTON MAGIC was actually title number five—after playing with the others, this one felt right.

How do you cure writer’s block?
Outdoors in nature helps. Or closing my eyes to let my mind drift. Or switching to another project for awhile.

Do you have any advice for an aspiring writer?
No matter how much talent you possess or how great your story is–often the difference between published & unpublished is persistence.

What sacred advice have you been given by another writer?
A.C. Crispin once said that an author’s willingness to rewrite was worth more than gold.

Tell us about That Carrington Magic:

Single mom Jami Rhodes “wins” a romantic getaway with her ideal match. Only the contest is a publicity sham to launch her friend Sierra’s Internet matchmaking service, CupidKey, and the “match” is Sierra’s brother-in-law, Grant Carrington. Miffed for being railroaded, Jami drags along her mischievous little boy, Toby. As if Toby isn’t enough trouble, Grant gets stuck with the infamous Carrington Cupid charm. A clash of wills ensues, proving love sometimes needs a bit of magic.

That Carrington Magic is the first book in the CupidKey series. Book Two: Wild West Cupid is coming this December, with a new target for Cupid’s arrow.
Plus future CupidKey stories are on their way.

Thank you so much Karen for stopping in today.

Be sure to visit Soul Mate Publishing where you can pick up That Carrington Magic