with Karyn Grice
Author of 'No Strings Attached'
Karyn Grice released her debut novel, What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas in November 2009. She originally self-published through her own publishing company, Grice Publishing, which taught her the “business” side of publishing. While What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas is her first release, it is not her only novel. She has written 10 additional novels which are awaiting publication.
Early in her writing career, she entered a writing contest sponsored by J.L. King and much to her surprise, What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas placed as a finalist. This accomplishment lead to an introduction to Karen Hunter and a publishing contract with Karen Hunter Publishing. Karyn's second novel, No Strings Attached, is currently available and is published by Karen Hunter Publishing/Simon & Schuster.
With no formal writing background, Karyn was quite pleased to discover that writing came naturally. She enjoys writing relationships novels. Her “conversational style” writing attracts many non-readers and book clubs alike. What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas and No Strings Attached are realistic views of the struggles within a relationship with a universal appeal.
Karyn is an avid Lakers fan. She also enjoys football and baseball as well. Karyn resides in the Chicagoland area with her husband. She continues to grow creatively as she perfects her craft.
Urban Reviews: Can you tell us about No Strings Attached?
Karyn Grice: What happens when you find The One, but you’re just not ready? Jasmine Taylor doesn’t have the time or the inclination to settle down. Not since her longtime boyfriend Nicco betrayed her and married another woman. She’s a successful entrepreneur who knows how to take care of herself, and she relies on several sizzling lovers to satisfy her most arousing needs. The arrangement seems perfect, except for one irresistible detail: Sean Williams, the only man Jasmine can’t take her mind off. A handsome music producer, Sean has a private jet, fancy condos, and a different girl in every city. So why does he keep coming back to smart, beautiful Jasmine? When she confesses her love one passionate night—a surprise to them both—he realizes he’s met his match. Neither is prepared to give up the no-strings-attached lifestyle, but when Sean finds out Nicco wants Jasmine back, he loses his cool—and lets her go in the process. The only way Sean can win Jasmine’s heart is by dropping the playboy act and making a commitment . . . but will she be ready to trust him? Fun, sexy, and touching, No Strings Attached is an undeniably romantic tale that makes Mr. Right work for the woman of his dreams.
Urban Reviews: What was your inspiration to pen this story?
Karyn Grice: I had written my first book a year prior and thought it was a fluke and was challenged by a friend to write another book and No Strings Attached emerged. I originally named it Dogcatcher and wrote the story based on that name.
Urban Reviews: When did you know you wanted to be a writer, and what did you do to learn the craft?
Karyn Grice: I didn't aspire to write. It happened in a flash. I said aloud, "I'm going to write a book." I turned on my computer, the story flowed out and six days later, my first novel, Single Black Female, was complete. I had no idea how to write a book and my original draft was pages and paragraphs of text. I'd hit the return key every now and then to break up the paragraphs. I pulled a book from my bookshelf to learn how to format the dialog. I then bought a Writers Marketplace to learn more about formatting, submissions, query letters, etc. I also joined a few online writing groups to get questions answered.
Urban Reviews: If there was one thing you would change about your literary journey, what would it be?
Karyn Grice: Nothing. Things are moving in the right direction and I want to continue on this path.
Urban Reviews: What can we look forward to in the future from you?
Karyn Grice: Many more novels. I have written 12 novels to date and have many more waiting to be written. As of now, No Strings Attached and What Happens in Vegas Stays are currently available and I'm looking forward to releasing many more.
Urban Reviews: Who were some of your favorite writers over the years?
Karyn Grice: As a teen, I read lots of Stephen King novels, probably because he was my mother's favorite author. As I got older, and began selecting my own titles, I grew to love Eric Jerome Dickey, BeBe Moore Campbell, Lolita Files, Omar Tyree and many more. This year, I discovered Beverly Jenkins and Brenda Jackson. They are currently my favorite authors.
Urban Reviews: What do you feel has been your biggest accomplishment so far in your writing career?
Karyn Grice: Successfully self-publishing my first novel What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas. It took time to learn how to do that and I did it for $50. Doing so also got the attention of Karen Hunter which lead to me signing a contract with Karen Hunter Publishing and Simon & Schuster.
Urban Reviews: What are your views on the current literary landscape for published works?
Karyn Grice: I own an electronic reader and I absolutely love it. Change is in the air and I'm embracing the new technology. My e-reader has made reading and the ability to access books as easy as using the Internet. I find what I want, buy it and can have access to it within minutes.
Urban Reviews: Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?
Karyn Grice: Yes. I love writing and creating and I am very happy to be able to share my stories and hope that readers will enjoy my writing for years to come.
Author Page on Publisher's Website: http://authors.simonandschuster.com/Karyn-Grice/62809376
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Monday, December 20, 2010
INSIDE OUT with Karyn Grice - Author of 'No Strings Attached'
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