Karis Walsh is a horseback riding instructor who lived on a small farm in the Pacific Northwest but has just moved to Texas. When she isn’t teaching or writing, she enjoys spending time outside with her animals, reading, playing the viola, and riding with friends.
Her novel Sea Glass Inn has been is a Goldie finalist in the Traditional Contemporary Romance category. I asked her to respond to the 6 questions you posed on Facebook – and here are her replies.
1) Who/What is your favorite book/author? Why?
Two of my favorite authors are Thomas Hardy and Willa Cather, and my favorite books by them are (respectively) Jude the Obscure andThe Professor’s House. I have a fondness for Hardy’s flawed but oddly heroic human beings, and when I read Cather I feel as if I’m chatting with a best friend. I also love Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, even though I think bullfighting is appalling. The books I read as a child are my all-time favorites, though–The Phantom Tollbooth, The Wind in the Willows, and From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. They are wonderful old friends.
2) What has been your most surprising or interesting inspiration for a book?
I’ve discovered that inspiration can come in many forms. Sometimes as tiny seeds of ideas, and sometimes as full-blown stories or characters. My most interesting example is a pen made of sea glass that I received as a birthday gift from my parents — that pen became Sea Glass Inn.
3) Writing is emotional and can be isolating. From where do you get your support?
My partner. She’s understanding when I have deadlines and supportive when I’m exploring new ideas or directions. She also makes the time when I’m not writing refreshing. Laughter, trying new things, exploring new places–those things are important so that I return to my writing full of inspiration and with a relaxed mind and soul.
4) What does it mean to you to see your work in print and then up for an award?
I won’t ever get tired of holding a newly published book of mine in my hands–it’s an awesome feeling, and I feel thankful and awed each time it happens. Being nominated for awards is humbling and heart-warming. To know that people read my book and chose to recognize it? There’s nothing like it.
5) What is next on your personal bucket list to accomplish (literary or otherwise)?
I have several books in mind–I’m working on the second in my mounted police series (the first is Mounting Danger) and I want to write a third music-themed novel. Other than literary? I just moved to Texas, so I want to explore the state and settle in my new home.
6) What are you working on now and what’s next up for publication?
I’m working on the edits for Blindsided right now. It’ll be released in August and it’s the story of a guide dog trainer and a television show host who volunteers with her as a puppy walker.
Huge thanks to Karis for taking part. You can read a full biography and see all her books on her Karis Walsh Author page.