This Week In Our Author’s Spotlight We Have Author Karne Sjullie!


    Meet our wonderful new author Karen Sjullie!  Her interview will inspire you. Feel free to ask her any questions you may have!


  • What made you want to be a writer? I have always had an imagination and used it while growing up. In my teenage years I dreamed of being a writer. After I got married I wrote short stories and poetry which I never submitted. At the time I did not know where to send them. In 1992 I took a course through the mail at the Institute of Children’s Literature. I graduated July 26, 1993. I learned so much and the course was interesting and fun.  At the time I was working and raising kids so I never pursued my passion.  I still dreamed of writing a novel so in 2011 I took an online writing course on how to shape, write and sell your novel from Long Ridge Writer’s Group. I graduated June 28, 2012. I wrote the first three chapters during the course. I was determined to finish my novel since I ONLY had at least twenty-four more chapters to write.
  • What genre’s do you write or delve into? The Hostage Within is a mystery. I enjoyed filling it with action and adventure.
  • Tell us about your novel and how it’s available. (Kindle, Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, paperback etc.) The Hostage Within is about Frank Jordess and his wife Alice. They have a happy fulfilling life until the unexpected death of their 13year-old son. Five years later both are still distraught. Frank kidnaps a young boy in hopes of filling the void in their life. Events occur and spiral out of control as other lives are changed as well as their own. The story takes place in the high desert of California and includes Laughlin, Nevada and Bullhead City, Arizona.  The Hostage Within is available in paperback and kindle through   Also in paperback through major book stores.
  • Is there any truth to the couple who lose their child?  My story is based on fiction. As I started writing it seemed to evolve on its own.
  • What audience do you want to reach and why? The Hostage Within is for adults. It has some adult content.
  • What kind of impact ‘if any’ do you want your book to have on the next generation? By the time I finished writing my novel, I could tell it had a profound message for readers. We do not realize it at the time, but many events in our lives happen for a reason.
  • Which part of the publishing process do you detest most? Marketing/Promoting. It takes a lot of time, patience and a different level of creativity.  I would much rather be writing, though I know the importance of getting your novel into the hands of readers.
  • Tell us how the atmosphere needs to be for you to be able to write. Example, music on or quiet etc. The room has to be absolutely quiet for me to write. Sometimes I will sit outside writing to hear the sounds of nature and the city. Those sounds are the only noise I want to hear.
  • Do you need special treats or goodies to help you write?  I usually don’t eat while I’m writing. I get into the story and characters so much that I don’t want to stop writing.
  • Which do you prefer the most, traditional or self-publishing and why? I prefer self-publishing because my experience with Createspace was great. The step by step instructions were easy to understand and fun to do. The easy and yet professional process sold me on Createspace. It is also easy to track your sales, payments and royalties.
  • What is the worst thing you’ve had to overcome before publishing your novel?  I was excited to publish my novel, yet nervous for people to read it. I wondered if they would like the story as much as I did.
  • When you need some extra encouragement who do you turn to? My friends, they are always there for me and have encouraged me to finish my novel and to start another one.
  • How do you market your novel? I use facebook, linkedin, twitter. I sent press releases to all the newspapers in my area as a local author and to the newspaper in California where the story takes place.  The Hesperia Star newspaper in California wrote a wonderful article by L. J. Gambone about myself and my book.  I haven’t heard from the other newspapers.
  • Who is the first person who reads your finished manuscripts? I was the first one to read my book. In the future I will ask a friend to read it first before publishing.
  • Tell us all about your very first book signing. Take us there with your description of people, place, food, décor etc. I have not had a book signing yet. I hoped local people would see it in the newspaper. I am trying to promote locally now and would love to have a book signing in the near future.
  • Since my blog is part about the supernatural and paranormal, do you believe in the supernatural or paranormal realm? Even if it’s not your genre. I believe in angels and ghosts. My first experience with an angel was in the 1970’s. On vacation from Iowa to Hurricane Mills, Tennessee with my husband, young daughter and mother-in-law. We had reservations for a cabin at Lorretta Lynn’s Dude Ranch. My husband drove most of the day. My mother-in-law took over driving towards evening. I was in the passenger seat. My husband and daughter were asleep in the backseat. We would arrive at our destination at ten o’clock. Something made me wake up. I screamed seeing the car off the highway and heading straight for a gray brick wall. Mom woke up and slammed on the brakes as the car skidded to a stop, a couple feet from the wall (there was a bridge over the highway). We had both fallen asleep. After crying we thanked our guardian angel who kept us safe and more alert after that.  Seeing a ghost for the first time is a real eye opener. At the time we lived in a house in Hesperia, California. It was in the 1980’s when my son and daughter were young. My husband worked nights. I woke up for some reason, as I, laid in bed I noticed at my bedroom door stood a tall man, the whitish gray image appeared to be wearing a long tailed suit coat, like in the old days. I stared not believing my eyes and too afraid to say anything. The form walked across the hall and stood for a moment outside of my son’s bedroom door. Then he walked away. My daughter’s bedroom was on the other end of the house. I told my husband, he didn’t believe in ghosts. Not wanting to scare the kids, I never told them about the ghost. I never felt threatened by it and saw it many times after that night.  Years later after the kids were grown we moved away and I never saw the ghost again.  One day my daughter said, “Remember the ghost we had on Willow street?”  I about fell over!  I asked, “Did you see him?”  She said, “Yes, he always stood at my bedroom door at night, then he would walk away.” We talked about the ghost who protected us.
  • Do you believe in the existence of Jesus and Satan? Yes, I believe in God, Jesus and Satan.  On my facebook author page:   I posted a poem “Our Hope’ about this very subject.  It has been published.
  • What sorts of things do you enjoy when you aren’t writing? I enjoy working in my yard. Taking care of flowers and pulling weeds. I love to travel. Each summer my husband and I plan at least a two, week vacation traveling to see family and sights also  cities and states we have never been to before.
  • Tell your readers what your favorite food and color is. I know this may seem silly but allow your readers to know more about you. My favorite foods are pizza, ice cream and glazed donuts.  I have two favorite colors, blue and red.
  • What kind of advice can you give to other either aspiring authors or published authors? Start writing early in your life. Keep writing and trust your imagination.  I waited too long to seriously start writing a book. I regret I waited so long.
  • What helpful advice can you give to a couple who has endured the death of a child? Losing a child has to be the most horrific event in life. In my research, I learned Therapy is the single most important aspect of recovering from a loss. It is a form of depression. I also learned many people do not accept the help they are offered. They are too depressed and unforgiving with the circumstances to seek help. I made my story depict this type of person. If you know someone who has lost a child, hug them and let them know you care and that you are there for them.
  • Do you doubt yourself at times? When you do what helps you get over the slump? I doubt myself all the time. To me the story is good. I need friends, family and fans to tell me they truly enjoyed my book. Reviews are great though not many people are willing to write a book review.
  • When is the release of your next novel? Name genre or if it’s part of a series. I am working on my second novel. It will also be a mystery. My projected publishing date is this time next year.
  • Where can we find your author page of your work to follow you and purchase your awesome book? (Please include a jpg of your book cover) My author page is: The Hostage Within’ is available in paperback and kindle through   also in paperback through major book stores. Kindle Unlimited and Prime reads free.  Anyone can read the first 3 chapters free on the kindle edition at



Thanks for sharing all these wonderful things with us Karen! Now readers and fellow authors, she’s all yours. Ask her anything you’d like to get to know her. And check out “The Secret Within” at any of the retailers she’s given! Follow her for future updates and follow blog for more amazing interviews!






4 thoughts on “This Week In Our Author’s Spotlight We Have Author Karne Sjullie!”

  1. Very in depth interview and bet informative. You certainly have the thought process for the supernatural and the realm of the spooky. I also noticed your two favorite colors are blue and red. I will point you towards the direction of the colors Cobalt and Crimson. Good luck and Godspeed! Nice to meet you!

  2. Great interview Karen. Your book sounds fascinating. Prayers that you’ll go far with this.

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