Monday, October 27, 2014

Interview: Karma by Donna Augustine

1. Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

I’m just your average coffee addict, with an overactive imagination. Donna Augustine is the only name I use and I write urban fantasy because it’s what I love to read. Something about imaging all sorts of secret occurrences that could be happening right beneath the top layer of our reality is incredibly appealing to me.

2. Have you ever based your book or characters on actual events or people from your own life?

In a way, most of what I write is pulled from inspiration around me. In particular, I like to pull little habits from people I know and then give them to my characters. I sneak my own traits in, as well. Probably the funniest example of this is with Fate, in Karma. Everywhere he goes, he leans on things and takes up too much space. That’s actually a trait I have a problem with. I’m forever finding a surface to lean upon or somewhere to kick up my feet.

3. Is there a theme or message in your work that you would like readers to connect to?

I wasn’t intentionally trying to impart a message in my books but I do tend to always circle the wagon around actions and consequences. It’s not from some lofty moral high ground or looking to impart some secret wisdom, because I don’t claim to have any superior knowledge. It’s probably because as I’ve watched people throughout the course of their lives, it’s always amazing to me how some decisions made with the best intentions can have such negative ramifications. There are so many times in life when there isn’t a right answer. I’m always fascinated by how people handle those moments.

4. What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

I’m not sure it would be surprising but I can be very volatile.

5. When you’re not writing what do you do? Do you have any hobbies or guilty pleasures?

I’ve never tried a craft I didn’t love. One of my current favorites is felting little creatures. Sometimes I’ll do tutorials and give them away on my website.

As far as guilty pleasures, I’ve got a ton of things that might fall into that category and I don’t feel a drop of guilt about any of them.

6. Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?

Probably Cormac, from The Keepers. He was a bit of a bastard in the beginning and very morally ambiguous but changed because he fell in love. I’m a sucker for a bad boy turned good.

7. What is next for you? Do you have any scheduled upcoming releases or works in progress?

Jinxed, book two in the Karma series, will be out by November. I’m already working on the third. After that, I’ve got some more ideas brewing but I’m not sure what will claim me next.

7. What is in your to read pile?

There are a couple of books I can’t wait to get my hands on. One is Burned by Karen Moning and the other is Visions in Silver by Anne Bishop. I’ll be taking a day off to read those as soon as they hit Kindle.

Karma Series
Book One
Donna Augustine

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Strong Hold Publishing

Date of Publication: July 9, 2014

ISBN: 0692248463

Number of pages: 344
Word Count: 72,000

Cover Artist: Donna Augustine

Book Description:

People say karma's a...well, you know. Personally, I don't think I'm that bad. It's not like I wanted this job. I wasn't even in my right mind when I accepted it. 

Now, I'm surrounded by crazy coworkers like Lady Luck, who's a bit of a tramp, and Murphy's Law, who's a bumbling oaf.

But the worst is Fate. He's got a problem with transfers like myself and I have to see him constantly. It's unavoidable, since we're hunting the same man, my murderer.

Available at Amazon

I was immediately drawn into the story and once I started I couldn't put it down. I can't wait for the next book in the series. ~ Review by BookGirl

About the Author:

Donna Augustine’s lifelong ambition was to become the crazy cat lady. Unfortunately, when family allergies cut short her dream of living in a house full of furries, she turned her ambitions toward writing. Combining her love of fantasy, scifi, horror and romance, she tries to string together interesting twists on urban fantasy.

A native of New Jersey, when she isn’t writing, or overdosing on caffeine, she can occasionally be spotted in disguise at the local dog park.

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1 comment:

Donna A said...

Thank you for having me!