Christine Young

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Christine Presents ~ Deadly Deceit by Karen Randau

Please welcome Karen Randau author of Deadly Deceit.

Karen Randau will be awarding a $30 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.




Deadly Deceit

by Karen Randau


GENRE: Mystery/Thriller



What or who inspired you to start writing?

I’ve been writing my whole life. Ever since an elementary school teacher taught me to write Run Spot Run, I’ve processed life events by writing about them. My degree is in journalism, and I’ve been employed and writing marketing materials for many years. One day, I started thinking about things that disturbed me. I confided in a fellow writer at work and asked if she thought I was going crazy. She said she thought I had a novel in me that wanted to get out. I would say she is the one who inspired me to start writing novels.
How did you come up with ideas for your books?
What expertise did you bring to your writing?

The idea for my debut novel, Deadly Deceit, came from news headlines that left me wondering about people who didn’t get included in the stories: the people left behind. The unpublished novel I wrote prior to Deadly Deceit was my learning and practice manuscript that got ruined by too many edits. The idea for that came from a story my son told me after a camping trip with his friends. For Deadly Deceit, I wrote from my first-hand experience with PTSD, domestic abuse, and successful techniques for ending extreme poverty in developing countries. I dealt with all of those topics to some degree in Deadly Deceit.
If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

I’d love to have Rita’s beauty, wealth, intuition, and strength, but I wouldn’t want to experience the things I put her through in my books. She has a wonderful best friend who keeps her grounded, two great and successful kids, and a cute granddaughter who thinks Rita hung the moon. And then there’s Cliff, the new man in her life.
If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your leading roles?

If I had my way, Rita Warren would be played by Ashley Judd. Cliff Avery would be played by David Boreanaz (Detective Seeley Booth on Bones).
Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing?

I tried joining two different critique groups, one online and one in person. It didn’t work out for me. I discovered with the online group that I had more writing experience than any other members, giving me fewer opportunities to grow as a novelist. In the in-person group, genre writing wasn’t their thing. Not only was their feedback not useful for my kind of writing, their method of giving criticism felt more like a cruel pile-on than constructive feedback. If I had listened to them, I would never have had the courage to submit my work to anyone – and it took a year for me to recover from my two meetings with them. What I found more useful was a loose relationship with several “topic experts” who read my work and looked for mistakes I may have made in their area of expertise. Now that I’ve had that experience, I wouldn’t join either of those first two groups. I would look for a group that (1) had a variety of genres and levels of experience represented, (2) had several published authors similar to mine, and (3) had rules for providing feedback with respect.
When did you first decide to submit your work? Please tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?

I felt really good about my manuscript for Deadly Deceit. It was the kind of book I would want to read. It incorporated the writing techniques that several accomplished writers had taught me. The writing style felt like the way I would tell a story, not me trying to imitate a famous other person. My “subject experts” had helped me avoid embarrassing mistakes. When a friend got published, I read her book and thought mine was at least that good, so I used the submission techniques I had been taught and successfully approached the same publisher.
What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)

The best advice I’ve ever received about writing is to write what you know. Interestingly, I didn’t think I knew anything that people would want to read about. Once I got into writing Deadly Deceit, I realized I knew more than I thought. For example, Rita Warren lives through a horrible trauma that leaves her with panic attacks. I know about those from having (1) worked in a psychiatric hospital, (2) written a non-fiction book on the topic, (3) been married twice to veterans with PTSD, and (4) helped a dear friend through more than one debilitating panic attack.

The worst advice I ever got was to imitate a famous person’s style. I tried that, and it never felt right. When I found my own voice, I was in my groove. Writing my way felt natural.


Do you outline your books or just start writing?

I start with an outline that details how many words I want in total, at which points I will insert my major turning points (and what they will be), and the character arc I want to see. Because I like lots of action, I’m finding that I typically use up most of my initial ideas in the first act and have to come up with additional material as I write. Once I get to that point, I outline from one major turning point to the next, then write that section before outlining to the next turning point.
Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?

Yes! I’m halfway through writing the second book in the Rim Country Mystery Series, Deadly Inheritance. A hotel clerk dies in front of Rita and Cliff as they check in to the honeymoon suite of a luxurious Scotland hotel, and the action shifts into high gear for a one-of-a-kind tour of the Scottish highlands. Cliff discovers the truth about the grandfather he never met, and Rita puts her life on the line to prove their innocence as the body count continues to mount.
Can you tell us a little bit about what it was like to write a series.

I’m only on the second book in my series, but I’m finding that you need to keep good records on who is who, how old they are, everything about their character, and their quirks. Also, I want to make each book stand on its own but be even better when you read them in order. That not only means being consistent, but also using backstory from the previous novel without giving away anything so people won’t want to read the previous book. I’ve been told that it also requires being careful not to tell the same story in a different setting.


Anything else you might want to add?
Deadly Deceit now available in e-book and paperback versions, and the audio version will be out soon.



A cocoon of naiveté shatters on Rita Warren’s thirtieth wedding anniversary, when a terrorist murders her ex-Marine husband Jared and thirteen other movie goers. Ensnarled in a cover-up that puts her in an assassin’s crosshairs, Rita must unravel a web of lies and connections that date back to Jared’s service in the Iraq war – before a mysterious kidnapper returns Rita’s daughter Zoe one body part at a time. This fast-paced story is one you won’t want to put down from beginning to end.




EXCERPTS (Please choose only ONE to use with your post):


Excerpt One:


Through a stunned haze, I saw him look down at me and disappear. He returned with Zoe over his shoulder and rushed down the hill toward a black pickup parked on a narrow side road.



At last, I gulped in air and jumped to my feet. I remembered my gun, and pulled it from my purse. While running toward him, I forced a bullet into the chamber and fired. Missed. I continued running until he turned Zoe toward me, and I lowered my gun. He dropped her into the bed of the truck, slipped a gun from under his shirt and pointed it at me.



“Take the antiquities certificates to the same park bench. No tricks this time. You have until noon tomorrow.”



“I’ll do whatever you want, but please don’t take my daughter. She needs a doctor. Take me instead if you think you need a hostage.”



Gunfire cracked behind me, and the man grabbed his left arm. Blood oozed from between his fingers. “If I see any cops, I’ll kill her. Then come after you.” He slid behind the steering wheel, and I turned to see Cliff at the top of the hill, his gun by his side.



I ran toward the dust stirred up by the truck as it sped away and shouted into the wind. “This is about my necklace?”







AUTHOR Bio and Links:


A native of the southwestern U.S., Karen Randau has been writing and telling stories since elementary school. She holds a degree in journalism/public relations from The University of Texas at Austin and has enjoyed a long career in marketing communications. In her work with an international non-profit, she has traveled to numerous developing countries, witnessing famines, violence, and hopeful people working to overcome abject poverty. She loves fast-paced mysteries and thrillers, especially those with intricate plots, lots of action, and rollercoaster-like twists and turns.


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Karen Randau will be awarding a $30 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


3 comments on “Christine Presents ~ Deadly Deceit by Karen Randau

  1. Nikolina84
    September 12, 2016

    I really enjoyed reading the entire post, thank you!

  2. achristay
    September 12, 2016

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

  3. Laurie Fagen
    September 12, 2016

    Great job, Karen (and Karen!)

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