This Weeks Reader Behind the Author is
Karina Halle author of
**Lets get to know a little bit about the author, then jump into the interview. After the interview we can take a look at her books!**
From the day she was born in Vancouver, BC, Karina Halle always stood out from the crowd. Born with club feet, she spent the first six years of her life in casts on both legs. Though her disability prevented her from becoming a prima ballerina, it did allow her imagination to flow freely as she created her own little worlds where nothing was impossible (unfortunately, those worlds tended to be on the macabre side – some things don’t change). Fast forward to age 18 when she decided to forgo the usual route by backpacking by herself around Australia and New Zealand and she really learned the value of being fearless. That same ambition piloted her through numerous travels, a bachelor’s degree in journalism, various certificates in film and writing, a successful blog, her current work as a rock music journalist and, of course, her devotion to the Experiment in Terror series. Karina currently resides in Vancouver’s West End and can often be found with a bottle of wine, listening to her music a bit too loudly.
A lot of times in books the girl has to choose between 2 guys, is there a book that you totally did not agree with her choice. Tell us who, and why.
In YA terms, I’m gonna go on a limb here and say Clary and Simon from Mortal Instruments. Yeah, yeah everyone wanted Jace and her to be together, even in all their potentially incestual glory, but I was Team Simon all the way. I do have an affinity for jerks but blondes just don’t do it for me.
Also, though this doesn’t really fall into the same category, I kind of wanted Roland and Susannah to get together in the Dark Tower Series (Stephen King). It was only hinted at, but I thought it would have been a nice touch. Who doesn’t love Roland of Gilead?
Where do you get your books from, buy them (where from), library, or somewhere else?
I get most of my books from the Book Warehouse down the street from me. The selection isn’t the best but the books are usually a lot cheaper. Plus I like to support local businesses.
What is the last book you read that you totally fell in love with?
Probably The Hunger Games trilogy. I’m quite the hipster when it comes to books – I mean, I don’t want to like something everyone else likes. But wouldn’t you know it, the books really were as amazing as everyone was saying. And yes, I was on Team Peeta.
If you could meet an author alive or dead who would it be and what would you say?
That’s a tough one. WAY too many to choose from here. It would be a toss up between Christopher Pike (for inspiring me when I was younger), Stephen King (for inspiring me now) and Raymond Chandler (just because he’s such an interesting guy…and amazing writer).
If you could go on a girls night out with any 5 book characters who would you pick and why?
Hmmmm. This is going to be a really interesting mix but I’d say Laura Ingalls Wilder (The Long Winter is one of my favorite books and that girl had sass for her pilgrim ways – and yes, I know she’s only half fiction), Jane Eyre (we’re a lot a like, except she’s a bit braver than I am and would have no problems arguing her way into a club), Magnus from Mortal Instruments (hey, why not – the guy is cool and has a wicked sense of style, and makeup), Vee (from Hush Hush, you need a troublemaker) and Perry Palomino (because I created her and all - and I personally know she’d be a good time).
A book world you would love to live in?
Chronicles of Narnia…a fantasy but doesn’t have too many evil things lurking to kill you. All other fantasy books are just a little too heavy on the constant threat of death thing. Though a close second would be the Mid-World in the Dark Tower Series.
You have no books at all to read and you really want to read, what book are you going to grab from your stash and do a reread?
Is there a book you think is amazing, yet not a lot of other people do or its just not very popular. (if so tell us about it)
Can I plug my own book? Is that wrong? Ha. Seriously though, without tooting my horn too much, the Experiment in Terror Series is beloved around the world by readers, fans and bloggers alike, however because it’s self-published and entirely relies on me to get the word out, it is hard for the books to pick up steam. It takes time, which is a shame because I’m terribly impatient, but they are well-written, sexy, scary, funny and just need a little boost in the very overcrowded publishing world. Go pick them up – you won’t be disappointed.
What is the first book you fell in love with?
The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Your bookshelf is on fire and you can only take what you can carry, what are you grabbing?
My computer and an E-reader ;)
Your best friend asked you for a book recommendation, what book would you pick for them?
At the moment I’m recommending the Hunger Games. Once I’m done reading the Iron Fey books by Julie Kagawa, I’ll be recommending those too. The Iron King is a lot of fun.
A book that made you cry?
The last Dark Tower book. It was sad all throughout but then I was also depressed because the series was over. Seven massive books and you get pretty attached to the characters.
What book are you anxiously waiting to read?
Nothing at the moment. I have a huge backlog of books I’m currently working through.
What book are you currently reading?
The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa.
If you could trade places for the day with any book character who would you pick?
You have to fight in an epic battle to save the world, what 5 characters are you picking?
Roland Deschain, Jon Snow, Jace Wayland, Harry Potter, Aragon.
How many books do you own?
Too many to count.
Favorite book cover?
Really love the cover of Across the Universe at the moment.
If you could pair up 2 characters from different books who would you pair up?
Aragon and Katniss. Lol. It could work!
Where is your favorite reading spot?
Anywhere that’s quiet.
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Favorite Social Network? (twitter, facebook ETC)
Favorite TV Show?
- Jurassic Park
Day or Night?
Summer or Winter?
Ebooks or Bound Books?
- Bound Books
The ExperimentTerror Series
In a large, flaky nutshell, the Experiment in Terror Series is an eight-part sci-fi/fantasy/horror series that revolves around a pair of ghost hunters. Well, aspiring ghost hunters, anyway. After filming a creepy experience in her uncle’s dilapidated lighthouse, 22-year old Perry Palomino becomes a YouTube and internet star overnight. She attracts the attention of Dex Foray, a producer and cameraman for a site that specializes in various webisodes, who convinces her to be a host for a low-budget ghost hunting series. The only problem is, neither Perry or Dex are entirely “with it” — I mean, they see ghosts, after all. And when the duo isn’t wrestling with their very notion of reality, they’re grappling with a working relationship that’s deep-cut with sexual tension. As the series moves on, leading Perry and Dex to new locales and supernatural situations, their lives become more and more intertwined, where they discover that ghosts aren’t the only things that can haunt them.
Purchase for 99 cents on Kindle HERE and on Smashwords HERE and on NOOK here. Paperbacks available HERE.
You can see Amber R.'s Reviews of Darkhouse and Red Fox HERE
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Author of The Experiment in Terror Series
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Thanks so much Karina for the awesome interview. And if I wasn't so scared of being scared I would totally be reading these books.lol. (I am a big ol' baby.lol)