Cap’n Joe: Can you tell my readers a little about your background nationality/ancestry?
Karynne: I was born and raised in Berlin, Germany and eventually moved to the U.S. The first four years I lived in Honolulu, Hawaii, not the typical United States I had known from visits to New York, though. Before coming to the U.S. I had started a banking career in Berlin. I had been selected for a management training position by my employer but after I got married to a U.S. citizen we moved to the States and I had to practically start over again career wise. Long story short, after Honolulu I ended up in New York and started to work for a major German financial institution as an international corporate finance professional. Fast forward to today, I am an author and became an Executive Film Producer after I met the independent filmmaker KeeranVaani Creations through the Author-of-the-Year competition on MARSocial. As an Executive Producer I can link my extensive finance and business background with my creative talent side. A perfect combination for me. It was one of those things that are meant to be.
Cap’n Joe: When you finished your debut novel, how did you feel?
Karynne: Happy, relieved and a little sad at first having to let go of the characters. However, I knew that there would be a sequel because part one ends with a bit of a cliffhanger. Meanwhile I am also working on hopefully fulfilling my dream of Kataryna, Luca, Roberto and the other captivating characters coming to life in a DPIV movie. So they will be with me until death do us part!
Cap’n Joe: While writing, did you need help with punctuation, grammar, etc., if so where do you turn?
Karynne: I used a dictionary of course and the spelling/grammar tool. I knew that after I was done with various rounds of editing and reediting, I would send the manuscript to a professional editor. Although that turned out different than I thought as you will find out later on in this interview.
Cap’n Joe: With the number of hours spent writing, did your family members support you or complain about the time spent away from them?
Karynne: In my corporate finance job, I was often away on business trips, so no one complained about my writing from home, at least not officially, and it wouldn’t have mattered because I was on a mission and had made that very clear. I just had to make sure I didn’t tune out too much. I knew that I was walking a thin line when I realized that sometimes I preferred to “be” with my characters creating their situations rather than in my real life. I often ended phone calls with “I am sorry but I have to get back to my guys now.”
Cap’n Joe: Did writing your first novel benefit you in any way and if so, how?
Karynne: It made me realize that I had suppressed my creative talent for a long time and I was happy that I did something I was really passionate about. I think I also changed somewhat as a person and sometimes I forgot to eat during the day because I didn’t want to interrupt the creative flow.
Cap’n Joe: When you were writing your book, did you shut-off from family and all social networks?
Karynne: Yes, pretty much but I was writing mostly at night because I was still in my finance job when I started to write. That was an interesting situation. While I was talking to clients about complex financial transactions, sometimes my DPIV characters demanded attention and I found myself developing new twist and turns for them. I couldn’t wait to get home and continue the story. That’s when I realized that my creative side was winning and my life, as I knew it, was over. I decided not to fight it but go with it and haven’t regretted it since. As a matter of fact, I often think I should have done this much earlier.
Cap’n Joe: Did you use friends or family members as Beta readers for your debut novel, if so who?
Karynne: I only let my sister read it while I was writing. I was very protective of the content. After I was finished I sent it to a professional editor and made him sign a non-disclosure agreement. Then I gave it to two friends, a married couple, who were proofreaders at one time. They found a lot of stuff the editor had missed. I think he got involved in the story too much and wasn’t detached properly as he should have been. He asked me to let him know when the sequel is out in case he didn’t get to edit it. On one hand that can be a compliment for the story but since I paid a good amount of money for this service, I wasn’t amused especially since it also delayed the publishing and added costs to the process.
Cap’n Joe: What do you do when you aren’t writing? Do you have any hobbies?
Karynne: It’s been quite a while that I had time just for myself. I am moving around a lot since I also have residences in Berlin and Marbella. Then there are certain cultural events I attend on a regular basis, one of which also serves as a reunion with friends from all over the world and that takes place in Bregenz, Austria. I also like to go out to see movies, plays, music performances, tennis championships and try out new restaurants.
Cap’n Joe: Where can readers go to find your book?
Karynne: Amazon, iBookstore, Barnes & Noble and Kobo.
Amazon Global link http://myBook.to/DPIV_KS
Cap’n Joe: Thank you Karynne for taking time out from your busy day to answer my questions. I’ve enjoyed getting to know a lot more about you. It’s a pleasure having you join my blog. I wish you the very best with your book and any you publish in the future.
Karynne: Thank you. All the best with your books, too.