Today I am chatting to Karen who I have met from an instagram loop a few months ago and been following her since 😀
Tell us a bit about your book
The Motherless Children is a memoir that is based on my life it dives into everything that I went through as a child. The synopsis: The children were scared and confused, but most importantly, they felt lost when the one person who is supposed to love you and care for you, abandon you and cares more about the men in her life rather than her children who she left behind for what? A man who probably doesn’t love you, a life without your own children? Children are supposed to count on their parents not be forced to grow up fast and experience life without a true relationship of a mother.
What would say is the genre for your book
Biographies & Memoirs
Where did the inspiration come from?
My childhood. I think I have always wanted to put my story out there for a while and to really put some insight on my life from the outside looking in.
How did you come up with the title for your book?
It was the only thing I felt went with the story and my life. “The Motherless Children” is children who was truly motherless. They never felt that mother love most of their lives and never had a true relationship with their mother like most children.
How long did it take you to finish writing the book before the first edit? How many drafts were there in total?
To be honest, I battle with editing and usually I am a ‘edit as I go’ and there was probably half a dozen of rewrites and fixes even after publishing. I still have over like 20 different word documents from when I started it. I begin developing the writing on my iPhone. As I do most of my projects and then moved it to my computer. It took me awhile to get to the final look of the book to accomplish the goal of ending it and feeling happy with it.
Are there any characters in the book based on people you know?
We’ll seeing as the book is based and follows my life all the characters in my book are in my life.
How did you celebrate being published? Did you have a launch party?
Usually, I just go to dinner or just feel relieved it is done but this time around was way harder than any other book because in the end I wanted everything to be perfect. I never had a lunch party for any of my books.
Would you care to give us an extract?
How are you supposed to forgive your Mother or move on from the past when you don’t understand how someone is supposed to abandon you and expect everything to be okay and try to be in your life. In the eyes of these children all they really wanted was their mother, but they knew that was never going to be a reality because she’d never change, and she’d never put them before her or anyone else in her life.
How do you beat writers block? Any tips?
We’ll I like to listen to music as I write or sometimes when I get fed up and get a snack to help opening my brain a little bit.
Do you have any hobbies apart from writing?
Making videos, I enjoy making content.
When you write, do you consider yourself to be a plotter or a pantser?
I feel that when I write it just goes by whatever I am writing or have an idea for. So, I would feel like I do a bit of both depending on the genre of book.
Do you have any advice for fellow writers?
Keep writing and don’t give up on your dreams. There is one quote I always love to look back on to motivate or to keep me from letting my brain give up on my dreams of writing. “You don’t write because you want to say something. You write because you have something to say” – F. Scott Fitzgerald.
If your book became a film- who would you pick to play the main characters?
I would love for it to come a film and I just don’t have any person in mind to be the main characters and who would be able to tell the story.
I see you have new work in progress- care to tell us about it?
Yes, I am currently working on a romance novel. It is called “Dear Jade’’ and it is about military and dealing with being away from the one you love after 11 years of being together and it tells the story of how life still moves on even if they’re not together and how she handles life.
Lastly, where can readers find you and your book on the internet?
I have an author page on Facebook, Instagram. Website.
All my books are available on iBooks, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Lulu.com, Scribd, Kobo and Goodreads.
Many thanks Karen and your new WIP sounds interesting! Well done for writing a tough topic.
Karen Yarborough is a self-published author through Lulu.com she has self-published 5 books: The Imaginary Friend Charlie, The Darkness Within, The Neverland Beast, Life Never Not Be You, The Motherless Children. She is currently working on “Dear Jade” and in 2018 she graduated from Southern New Hampshire University majoring a B.A. in Creative Writing and English w/con in Screenwriting.