Today’s Writers’ Tip
Meet the Author: Karen Malena
(Today we’re taking a break from blogs about fiction plots to feature an author with an interesting life that has translated into interesting writing.)
I guess with a last name like “Malena,” you would expect Karen to be Italian. Well, you’re correct. Discussing her roots, Karen tells us, “Heritage plays a major role in my books. Being Italian is something I’m proud of, yet I’m able to laugh at some of the truly dysfunctional events from the interesting upbringing I had. Italians are extremely vocal people, very passionate in their beliefs, and quite hilarious in their actions. I can’t make up better characters than drawing from some of the people in my own family and their quirks and traits, good and bad.”
How Has Life Affected Karen’s Writing?
It’s interesting to note how many true-to-life events Karen uses in her writings. “My own memories,” she says, “while creating stories are easy to draw upon: some difficult, others downright humorous, and still others quite inspirational. In my book, Reflections from My Mother’s Kitchen, A Journey of Hope and Healing, I cover some true events from my life such as the scoliosis I had as a child, subsequent bullying from cruel children, and the frightening time spent in Children’s Hospital with recovery afterward. I speak of my mother’s childhood fears of an abusive father and her life-changing near-death experience later in life. In many ways it has been quite healing to write about issues I’ve kept bottled up for many years.”
What’s Karen’s “Style?”
Karen goes on to say, “I like to layer my faith-based writing a little at a time. I believe the reader doesn’t like to be preached at or lectured to. I gently incorporate stories of faith and goodness, hopefully, to inspire a person who may never have heard the good news before. My stories cannot entirely be categorized as Christian fiction but could be labeled as family encouraging material, instilling old-fashioned values back into our world.”
What’s She Up To Next?
Karen’s already working on a third book, in which she says readers will get to see a creative, humorous side of her with a family friendly novel about friendship and morals…. and the differences between cats and dogs.
Well, I for one can see Karen Malena is a prolific writer, who aims to bless the heart of every reader. See more of her true, inspirational stories on her blog at karenmalena.blogspot.com.