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About Karen Troxel
Karen Troxel is a multi-published author who loves telling stories. Nothing attracts her more than ordinary people falling extraordinarily in love. An Affair to Remember was previously released but has been out of print. This version has additional information and has been edited for modern advances in technology but the story between an average woman and a royal prince who would not be average even if he was a pauper is as compelling as ever.
Also by Karen Troxel
(Karen writes erotic romance as Trixie Stilletto)
Wind of Change
Just One Night
No Time to Hide
w/a Trixie Stilletto
The Martian Affair
Scarecrow & Betsy McGee
Trixie's Treats, Vol. I
Trixie's Treats, Vol. II
Trixie's Treats, Vol. III
Trixie's Treats, Vol. IV
An Interview with Karen Troxel
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
Karen, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Her An Affair to Remember. Where did the idea for this emotionally-engaging story originate?
KT: Hi Holly, it’s wonderful to be at TRS and talking to your readers! I’ve had a long-standing relationship with you guys and it’s been great!
The idea for “An Affair to Remember” came from my parents going on a cruise for their 50th wedding anniversary and my obsession really, with the classic Cary Grant & Deborah Kerr movie of the same name.
When I came up with the idea of a ordinary woman, one who was creative, it seemed that she should be a romance author. Then I decided that the romance writer for this story needed a royal prince but maybe one who was darker than the normal ones. Was he a good guy or bad?
Finally, I needed a setting. I thought about putting it on the island nation itself, but my parents so enjoyed their cruise that I decided that was the perfect place to unleash some mayhem.
And that’s how “An Affair to Remember” came about.
HH: What do you like about Kara and what's her greatest strength?
KT: I think Kara’s greatest strength is the ability to soldier on despite having great fear and indecision in her life. She’s a smart woman, but she’s also strong enough to stand up to the things she doesn’t remember about her past. I don’t know if I would be that strong emotionally. I don’t know if I could stand in front of my greatest fear and meet it head on.
HH: What do you like best about Gregory and why will readers love him?
KT: Gregory is a man who has had an easy life. He has been unchallenged before he gets involved in things on the ship “Remembrance”. He’s been tagged as a playboy, as someone who doesn’t really do “good”. He isn’t bad so much as spoiled. But he finds strength inside him that he didn’t know existed, one that had never been tested. He also finds determination. Gregory grows into a man and a hero.
HH: How did you go about creating his island nation?
KT: Believe it or not, that started in high school, which was way too long ago to be comfortable. I took a class where we learned about the United Nations and then we had a “mock” United Nations forum among all the area schools. (Remember this was way back in the 1970s). Anyway, we were each given a country we had to represent. We had to learn everything we could about that country so we could speak on the politics and culture for the “world”. The country I was given was Malta. I was dismayed. Of all the countries, why Malta? (Remember, I was a teenager and not a very smart one either -- LOL) As I learned about Malta and its history, it became a country I always thought about as paradise. It’s on my bucket list of places to go. So, when I needed an island nation that was paradise, romantic but with real people with real problems, I thought about Malta. I wanted my story to be set in a fictional place, so I called it Cimmarron. It’s kind of Malta with a twist.
HH: What did you enjoy most about writing this story?
KT: When I wrote this story, I was living in Buffalo, N.Y. and it was winter. The thought of being able to go to someplace warm and sultry, was heaven.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
KT: Well, most of the time these days, I’ve been writing erotic romance with a touch of humor as Trixie Stilletto. Yes, I’m officially outing myself. I am Trixie. LOL
I do have several upcoming erotic releases -- one that released in early October from Ellora’s Cave called “Bargaining Session”, which is told from the hero’s point of view. I have another release scheduled for later this year with the title of “Stroke of Luck” which is about an Olympic rower and a photographer.
HH: What are you most excited about in your career right now?
KT: I’m just excited about the world of fiction. There are so many wonderful stories out there being told by writers in all genres. I hope readers will think I’m one of those authors they love to read.
HH: What are you looking forward to most in the rest of 2012?
KT: Well, I’m getting ready to start a new erotic series and I’ve got the rudiments of a non-erotic mystery that I would like to dust off and get it ready for publication.
HH: What are you reading at the moment?
KT: At this moment, I am reading an Amanda Quick book, “With This Ring”. I just finished “The Color of Death” by Elizabeth Lowell and “Buffalo West Wing” by Julie Hyzy.
HH: Do you have a writing hero and if so, who would it be?
KT: I have so many writing heroes that it’s kind of embarrassing. I guess if I have to name one it would be Nora Roberts. She’s an amazing talent, has had a long career and still seems to be excited and engaged in writing unbelievable stories. Truthfully, I feel there are so many women out there, particularly in the romance genre, who are icons in publishing. Although most avid romance readers know who they are, the rest of the reading world are clueless and, in my opinion, don’t begin to know what they are missing. But anyway, all these legends are my heroes, not only for the way they run their business, but also the way they enrich my life with their wonderful characters and touching love stories.
HH: Thank you!