Monday, April 21, 2014

Guest Post - Kari Lee Townsend

It is a beautiful Monday when Kari Lee Townsend us here!!! Get some coffee or tea and join us.

Thank you for being with us today Kari.



All in the Name of Research…


Authors are “unique” people. Many of us are visual. I know I am. I do a lot of research on the Internet. You would be amazed at all you can discover without ever leaving your home. Yet at the same time, I need to see things and do things in order to really be able to describe a scene and do it justice.
In my early romance novels, I would have my critique partner Barbara Witek come over and we would act out many scenes. For DESTINY WEARS SPURS I needed to see what it was like to rope a calf and mount a horse. No, I don’t have a calf or a horse in my living room, so yes, we roped and mounted each other. Then we noticed the blinds were open. The poor people out for an evening walk or driving by had to wonder what in the world we were doing.

For PROJECT PRODUCE I needed to see what produce would work for a psychology project my character was conducting. She needed to research how the size of a man’s Mr. Winkie affected his personality. So yes, my CP and I found ourselves in the produce section of the grocery store fondling and sizing up the pickles, cucumbers, and zucchinis. The poor produce manager asked me, “Can I help you?” To which I studied the size of his hands and feet, then replied, “You probably could, but I seriously don’t think you would want to.” The look on his face was priceless.


For SLEEPING IN THE MIDDLE my character’s friends dragged her to an adult “toy” store. She had never been, and frankly, neither had I. So of course I dragged my CP with me to an adult toy store in the city where we lived. We sat in the car, trying to get up the nerve to go in, when people started walking out with items wrapped in newspaper. We ducked down and watched for a while, then chickened out and went home. That was one bit of research that wasn’t going to be “hands on”.





I moved on to mysteries, thank goodness When I needed to research what it was like to carry a gun, spy through someone’s back window, and investigate, I put on a black leather jacket, grabbed my son’s air soft gun, a fake knife, a walkie talkie, and a notebook. Then I set up my camera and took pictures of myself posing with weapons and peeping through the window. Until I saw my neighbor standing on his patio, looking at me like I was nuts. I totally forgot he and his wife are both cops. Needless to say, I had a lot of explaining to do that day. I get into enough trouble with my critique partner around, but I get into more when left on my own.

For my FORTUNE TELLER MYSTERIES, I’ve had my tea leaves read, my palm read, my past life read, gone to a psychic fair, used a weegie board, and sat through a séance. I bought tea leaves, a crystal ball, and tarot cards. After researching the process online, I became the psychic, and my poor CP became my “victim”. She’s had tea leaves stuck in her teeth while trying to sip the water, her eyes strained while trying to see something…anything…in a crystal ball I made her stare at for far too long, and a headache from trying to make sense of tarot cards. I even dragged her along to a book signing once to demonstrate the process, only to have a huge line of people waiting to meet the real psychic. We barely escaped with our lives when they found out I only play one in my books.


For KICKING THE HABIT my character goes through a self-defense class after getting attacked. So of course I dragged my CP along to my neighbor’s house for a class she was holding. My neighbor is the real deal and as tough as can be. In fact, she is the self-defense instructor I used in that book. My poor CP ended up spraining her arm. I think we were the only ones who actually threw each other on the matt. And later, we acted out fight scenes. I’m surprised no one called the cops that day. You would have thought we were killing each other.














Lucky for her, PERIL FOR YOUR THOUGHTS was about a slightly OCD germaphobe fashion designer who has a freak accident that allows her to read people’s minds, but only through the power of touch—a total nightmare for someone like my character, yet a total relief for my CP. No acting out necessary for that one, just a lot of online research, watching episodes of Monk, and brainstorming ideas…all in the name of research ;)



To find out more about Kari and all of her books check out her website at http://www.karileetownsend.com

17 comments:

  1. I forgot to mention I will draw a winner from the comment section and give a signed copy of my latest mystery Peril For Your Thoughts to one lucky winner :) Good luck everyone. Either include your email within your comment or send it to me at karileetownsend@gmail.com

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  2. This is a great interview! Made me laugh! Thanks Shelley!

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    1. Scary thing is...it's all true :) I love my job!

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  3. I should also say Thanks to Kari for sharing your funny stories with us! :-)

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    1. Thanks Dawn. I write like I talk, no matter which genre I'm writing in at the time :) You should see when we're at a conference. So many laughs and tons of fun.

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  4. I love how involved you get when you are writing your books. Your right, there is a lot of things on the Internet but doing and seeing for yourself I think is rewarding and entertaining. Your books are awesome! Can't wait to read more. :)

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  5. Awww thanks Tammy. You're so sweet. Barb and I do like to have fun!

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  6. I can't wait to read some of your books. They sound really good. and it sounds like you had a lot of fun researching and writing them.

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  7. I love your books, the fortune teller series is one of my favorites. I will definitely look at them differently now.

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    1. Awww thanks, Tarri. You have no idea the crazy things I do ;)

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  8. Great interview. Love your humor, Tarri!

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  9. And the winner is Lisa K. Email me your address, Lisa, and I will get your book out asap :) karileetownsend@gmail.com

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  10. CONGRATS Lisa! What a wonderful Post. Thank you so much Kari for being with us today!

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