Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
We are co-writers, Karen & PJ, producing our co-authored works under the name Wodke Hawkinson. We have been friends since high school, but only started publishing together in 2009. We’ve released five novels which include Betrayed, Zeke, Sue, Dark Longings, and Tangerine. We’ve also published three short story collections: Catch Her in the Rye, Blue, and Alone, along with several singles. We lean toward suspense, but have also explored other genres, especially in our short stories.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Our most recent release is Dark Longings.
We had the idea of writing about the prominently rich and their acts of debauchery, while at the same time a young woman searches for a missing friend.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Karen: My favorite authors include Tolkien, Koontz, King, Jenefer Schute, and many others. I loved the detailed word-craft in Schute’s Life-Size and lost myself in the world created by Tolkien.
PJ: I, of course, have also been influenced by JRR Tolkien and Stephen King. I have also been motivated by Robert Heinlein, Douglas Adams, JK Rowling, and a plethora of other exceptional authors.
What are you working on now?
We are currently writing a small town cozy mystery series, a new genre for us.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
So far, we seem to have the best results with Twitter, but we are open to suggestions.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Read a lot and pay attention to how your favorite authors write. Keep trying. And be meticulous about proofreading, editing, and revision.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Karen: About writing, write quickly but edit with attention to detail.
PJ: Never whittle toward yourself or piss against the wind. JK…Have a working outline and try to follow it, but if you need to make changes, be flexible.
What are you reading now?
Karen: I’m currently proofreading our paperback version of Dark Longings. Aside from that, I’m reading ‘The Book of Hours’ by Alex Borger.
PJ: I am reading ‘Buck Fever’ by Ben Rehder. I recently finished ‘Of Mice and Men’ which I enjoyed extremely. I am also listening to ‘Zodiac Station’ by Tom Harper.
What’s next for you as a writer?
We have a lot of projects in the works, but for the time being are concentrating on our cozy mystery series.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Karen: There are too many to choose an absolute favorite. I do like ‘The Mothers’ by Vardis Fisher, which is an account of the tragic Donner crossing. He really captures the desperation and suffering they went through. I also have several favorites among Stephen King’s books.
PJ: My all time favorite book (rubbing chin in contemplation) would most likely be ‘The Hobbit’ by JRR Tolkien. But in truth, there are so many books that could hold that honor it would be impossible to choose just one.