Interview: Karen Rose Smith

Please welcome Karen Rose Smith, author of DEADLY DECOR, as well as other mysteries, romance novels, and women’s fiction.

What’s your idea of a perfect day?
Deadly Decor Front Cover mysteristasOn a perfect day, I would be free of a to-do list. The sun would be shining, the flowers in the garden would be blooming. I could sit in the garden, relax, write, or go on a picnic with my husband under a blue sky.

Do you have a signature accessory, color, fragrance, phrase, or meal?
I have several kitty accessories–purse, jacket, scarf. My favorite colors are sixties colors of turquoise, fuchsia and yellow. My wardrobe and jewelry reflect that.

Excluding family, name three people who either inspired you or influenced your creativity.
Audrey Hepburn, the Beatles, my high school English teacher.

Do you listen to music when you write?
I listen to music to spark creativity–from Josh Groban to Brad Paisley to Charice.

If your latest book were chocolate, what kind would it be and why?
It would be Ghirardelli chocolate. I love to cook with it and eat it. Those dark chocolate raspberry squares are the best.

What made you interested in writing this particular story?
DEADLY DECOR is about family and my sleuth’s determination to help when they are in trouble.

What themes do you regularly (re)visit in your writing?
Relationships are at the basis of all my storylines, whether romance or mystery. I play on bonds that are passionate, revealing, and irrevocable. Friendship and family are important to my characters.

Tell us about your main character’s psyche or personality. What led her (or him) to be the person s/he is today?
Caprice De Luca loves her large Italian family and has a soft heart for stray animals who she rescues and finds homes for. She comes from a long line of cooks. She learned how to create recipes at her Nana’s and mom’s elbows at the stove. Her two sisters are her best friends.

Describe your protagonist as a mash-up of three famous people or characters.
Audrey Hepburn, Jane Asher, Sandra Bulloch.

If you could host an author dinner party, who are the six writers (living or otherwise) you’d include?
Katherine Stone, Kathleen Woodiweis, Danielle Steel, Emilie Loring, Glenna Finley, Lisa Scottoline

What’s next for you?
My 3rd Caprice De Luca mystery with a Valentine’s Day theme, GILT BY ASSOCIATION, will be released in February 2015. The 2nd book in my Mommy Club series for Harlequin Special Edition A MATCH MADE BY BABY will be for sale in September.


Award-winning and best-selling author Karen Rose Smith will see her 85th novel published in 2014. Although she has written romance novels for over twenty years, she has now branched into mysteries as well as women’s fiction. Writing for Kensington Books, Harlequin and indie publishing her Search For Love series, she still saves time for her 3 rescue cats, gardening, cooking and photography. She has also developed many of her books into audiobooks! She looks forward to contact from her readers through her websites and loves to chat on Facebook and Twitter @karenrosesmith. DEADLY DÉCOR, book two of her Caprice De Luca home-staging mystery series, is available now. Book three, GILT BY ASSOCIATION, will be released in February 2015.




17 thoughts on “Interview: Karen Rose Smith”

  1. Karen, I love the book cover. All those animals – if my husband would let me, that’s what my house would look like (allergies, alas). And those Ghirardelli squares are addictive. Thanks for stopping by!


    1. My cover artist is terrific. Animals are a big part of each of my mysteries. We have 3 rescued cats and just took in a 4th, a pregnant stray. This will be a new experience being a kitty midwife!


  2. Your books sound like great fun and love the mash-up of your character. Rescued cats. You are a wonderful person. Raspberry chocolate squares–perfect gift for my guy. Thanks for dropping by.


  3. 85 books! That’s mind-boggling! Congratulations on your success. You must write very quickly…even over twenty years, that’s more than four books a year, statistically speaking. How do you ever manage to do that?

    ps: I love Audrey Hepburn (and those raspberry squares), too. 🙂


    1. Cynthia–over the past 20 years, I have written 4 romances a year. But the mysteries are 20,000 words longer so I’ll only be doing two a year of those for now. They’re much more complicated to develop! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.


  4. Enjoyed reading this book soooo much. Love that Caprice takes in Shasta and the results. Thanks for such enjoyable reading!!!


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