[Author Interview] Don Karp | Letters from Mexico

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Don Karp

ATAI: Tell us a little about you.

Don Karp: I am very grateful for my varied life. I’ve been through a lot and learned how to constantly change and adapt. Writing has helped me tremendously with this.

ATAI: How long have you been writing?

Don Karp: I started writing a journal in the mid-sixties. But I am a late bloomer, not having published my memoir until 2013. Actually, I did publish a few articles in local magazines and newspapers in the ’70’s and ’80’s.

ATAI: What was your most recent release?

Don Karp: I stared a new blog on my site called Letters From Mexico. I also have some articles on Medium.com, and regularly answer questions on Quora.com.

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ATAI: What do you love most about writing?

Don Karp: I like writing partly as a form of self-examination and awareness, but also as a way to help people. I feel I’ve some unique perspectives on life.

ATAI: What do you find most challenging?

Don Karp: The technical issues of publishing online, marketing strategies, and I have mixed feelings about spending enough time writing.

ATAI: Where do your ideas come from?

Don Karp: Most of my ideas come from personal life experiences, some from dreams, others from friends.

ATAI: What is your writing process?

Don Karp: Very eclectic! I love to do stream of consciousness as an aide to self-examination. I seldom reread these writings. For publication, I often use an outline, and write with pen and paper for my first rough draft.

ATAI: Do your characters (or message) ever seem to have a life of their own or an agenda of their own?

Don Karp:Sure, new directions seem to pop up often. That’s one of the joys of writing for me. Novelty. I love it!

ATAI: What’s your favorite part of your book (or one of your books)?

Don Karp: I never thought of this question before. Of the top of my head, I’d say the back cover of my memoir. It succinctly expresses my philosophy of the values of “culture clash” which is part of the memoir’s title. Also it has a testimonial by an award-winning author, who it was my very good fortune to meet. Without her help I’d never have published it.

ATAI: What are you working on next?

Don Karp: I just started a blog (Letters From Mexico) about my experiences living in Mexico that will become another memoir. I see at least two other memoirs covering different life themes. In mid-August I am facilitating a therapeutic journal writing workshop at two back-to-back conferences in Boston.

ATAI: Where can people find you online?

Don Karp: My site is http://www.donkarp.com. Look for me on Quora.com and
Medium.com. Facebook and @donsbumpyroad (Twitter).

ATAI: Thank you for sharing with us and our audience.

Don Karp: And thanks to you for sharing about me. I look forward to meeting and sharing with many new friends who read this!

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Target in the Sun – Entered in Romance Novel Contest

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Lynda Filler

Target in the Sun, written by Lynda Filler, is a very unusual approach to a romance novel.  Embedded with a wealth of suspense, heartbreak, hope and love, this story focuses on a romance between Carlos and Mia.  The story explores the Mexican drug cartel and trafficking between Mexico and numerous cities in the United States while it takes a deep dive into Carlos’ life.  He was orphaned at a young age and fought hard to overcome his tragic situation.  Eventually, he fell in love with Mia and together they find love and compassion again.  Lynda Filler shares this love story from the perspective of a decorated FBI agent, Lucia, who risks her entire career to help these two lovers escape the ultimate dangers they face from the Mexican drug cartel.  

Writing Target in the Sun in a journal entry style, Filler gives the reader a unique look into the characters.  This does lead to over 100 chapters, but many are only a few paragraphs in length.  The format is quite a different take and may not be to the liking of some tried and true romance novel fans.  However, this particular way of experiencing the story can be quite refreshing, and  when it comes to refreshing, the author does a fabulous job of painting a picture of the Puerto Vallarta area.  Wrapping readers up in the story goes well beyond descriptive imagery of Mexican locations though.  Expressing the intensity of Carlos and Mia’s experiences is something Filler does easily while she takes readers along for the ride.  This could be a great book for readers looking for a suspense-filled romance with a unique twist in writing style.

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