Karen Stivali HOLDING ON blog tour with giveaway

Why British men rather than Australian, Italian, etc?

I’ve always been partial to British accents, ever since I can remember. I’m not sure exactly how it started. Maybe because my dad was a Beatles fan and I listened to them a lot when I was little or maybe because I loved watching reruns of The Monkees and I thought Davey Jones was cute. Whatever it was that started it, it was cemented in place when I visited England. I lived there for several blocks of time while growing up and always picked up the accent while I was there. I love the sound of it and I adore the humor. Plus I can hear the accent  in my head anytime I want so that makes it particularly easy for me to write characters who speak with it. And since I love hearing British guys speak it makes it a lot of fun to have fictional ones talking in my head all the time.

That said, I enjoy listening to men with all sorts of accents. I have an Aussie friend whose accent I adore. I’m certainly not opposed to writing men from other lands, I just haven’t done so. Yet.

Lucky you.  I really want to go to England.

Do you think having been a waitress and a clinical therapist helps you when writing characters, dialogue and they way they interact with each other?

Yes, definitely. I’ve always been a people person and a good listener so those two professions were both very well suited to my personality. Dialogue is my favorite thing to write because I actually hear the characters talking in my head. It’s like eavesdropping at a café. Not that I do that. (Okay, I always do that.) I also love to examine the way people relate to each other so I really enjoy watching my characters interact with each other. People, real and fictional, fascinate me.

Is sarcasm your preferred humor?

Sarcasm? I don’t know what you mean by that.

Kidding. And obviously that’s a yes. Sarcasm is my natural response to a lot of things. I can’t help it. I have a dry/goofy sense of humor and appreciate a good, witty quip. If someone gives good banter, I’ll talk to them all day long.

Is there a genre you’d like to explore writing that you haven’t yet?

Nope. I write women’s fiction, contemporary romance and erotic romance. Those are really the only genres I can ever see myself writing. All of my stories are love stories that examine relationships. Writing in these three genres gives me the freedom to explore different scenarios, varied dynamics and heat levels, and yet still stay with the story lines I most enjoy. The only other genre I’d even consider trying would be YA, but only if a particular story really came to me and I felt I had to write it. I don’t think that’s likely to happen, but you never know. I don’t make the rules; I just listen to the characters that pop into my head.

Have you read a book lately that you couldn’t wait to discuss and recommend?

Yes. And I can’t discuss it, because it’s not out yet! One of the perks of being a writer is knowing other writers and being lucky enough to beta read for them. I recently read The Mistress, the fourth book inTiffanyReisz’s Original Sinners series. I’ve loved all of her books and this last one is no exception. If you haven’t read them yet, do it now! Start with The Siren and read them in order, that’s very important. I can’t wait until book four releases (sometime late summer) so I can finally talk to people about it.  I’ll wait patiently though. There are few things I enjoy more than a good secret. 

Such a tease, thanks for the recommendation.

My Meant To Be Review


When you have everything you’ve ever dreamed of, the hard part is Holding On.

British NYU professor Daniel Gardner thinks life can’t get better than the day his three-year-old stepdaughter, Ella, calls him Daddy for the first time. Then his wife Marienne tells him she’s pregnant. Daniel is thrilled, but worried about Marienne’s health. Not wanting to cause her stress he turns to writing to calm his nerves. He pens a screenplay, thinking it’s nothing more than a mental health exercise, but when a colleague reads it and hands it to a producer, it turns into a production contract. Daniel accepts the offer and transfers to a teaching position at Dartmouth, hoping that small town living and a shorter commute will simplify his life.

As he attempts to juggle his new responsibilities he gets an unexpected letter from Roger, the father he never knew. For the first time since they met, Daniel and Marienne are at odds; she wants him to give Roger a chance but Daniel wants nothing to do with the man he thinks abandoned his mother. As Daniel and Marienne struggle they must contend with interference from Daniel’s sexy ex-wife, who appears to want him back, and a handsome, all-too-helpful single dad who desires Marienne as more than a play-date pal. They must both confront deep-seated issues with trust and acceptance if they’re going to find a way to make their marriage work and hold on to the love they share.


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This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. This book is on my Wish List. It sounds wonderful.

  2. There are some accents that just sit beautifully. A British accent is certainly one of those.

  3. Ah yes, they have their HEA and now the work begins…I’ll be rooting for them.

  4. Loved the interview. I will be adding this book to my wish list 🙂

    Thank you,

    Ollie Moss

  5. Very nice interview.

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