Reader Behind the Author: Karina Halle

Wednesday, November 9, 2011
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!**

About Karina:

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.


Interview Time

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?

Jane Eyre.

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?

Perry Palomino.

 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.


Favorite Social Network? (twitter, facebook ETC)
  • Twitter

Favorite Animal?
  • Horse

Favorite TV Show?
  • Community

Favorite Color?
  • Blue

Favorite Movie?
  • Jurassic Park

Favorite Food?
  • Sushi

Day or Night?
  • Night

Summer or Winter?
  • Summer

Ebooks or Bound Books?
  • Bound Books

The Experiment
Terror 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

Find More About Karina Halle
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 (I am a big ol'


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  2. Thanks for the interview.

    I love the Hunger Games! It was an amazing and sad series.

    Also The Iron Fey series was so so so good! It was so unique and magical.

  3. I have Darkhouse on my TBR having bought it last summer. It sounds like I will have to move it up. Thank you for sharing today.


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