Walking With Elephants
by Karen S. Bell
Genre: Contemporary Women's Fiction
Suze Hall is at a crossroads. Her nemesis at work, Wanda, has been promoted and now will be her boss. Her husband, Bob, is leaving her and the three kids for a six-month sabbatical down under. To top it off, her best friend, Marcia, is missing in action—playing footsie with some new boyfriend!
Adding to this disaster stew, David, the gorgeous hunk who broke her young-girl's heart has coincidentally popped back into her life and has something she desperately needs to keep her job.
Walking with Elephants, a lighthearted slice-of- life story, brings to the table the serious work/family issues facing women today. It explores the modern dichotomy of a workplace that is filled with homemakers who still must cook, clean, carpool on nights and weekends, shop for prom dresses, and "create" the holidays—such as Suze. But it also is filled with women who have the same drive as men, have no family responsibilities, and will do what ever it takes to get ahead.
So step into the shoes of Suze Hall and commiserate over workplace politics, titillate your sexual fantasies, ride the wave of a working mother, and fall-down laughing.
I get so much satisfaction in the writing process. I take care to choose just the right word, to make sure each sentence has the right cadence. I appreciate other writers who respect the craft in this way, and I hope my readers do so with me. Writing is a need, a desire for expression, and springs from well within my subconscious mind. Thoughts rise up, scenes rise up and blend in with the over-arching story. These thoughts emerge whenever they want to and wherever I am and probably not when I am at the computer. The computer is for the craft, the technique. The thoughts come during walks, or while driving the car, or at the grocery store. I am the willing recipient of these thoughts and so they seek me out. It's a mystery this business and art of writing and it keeps me enthralled.
Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?
I have written three novels and I believe they all could be made into movies. When I write I’m very visual in describe the environment in which my protagonist’s dwell precisely. Whether it be an apartment, the outdoors, clothing, my descriptions are detailed and noticed by reviewers in a positive manner. What happens to my characters is also quite cinematic with the main character going through the gamut of emotions from sorrow to humor.
My first book Walking with Elephants was an exploration of what it means to be a working mother today. Although the main character is married, I took her husband way on a teaching sabbatical in Australia so she must cope with the joys of doing it all, all by herself. I throw in the coincidence of meeting up with her fist love to add juice to the storyline.
My second novel, Sunspots, explores the heartache of losing a spouse after just two years of marriage. Although Aurora thinks she knew everything about Jake she discovers hidden secrets. The setting is Austin, Texas and all the cowboy stuff common for that area. In the end, she finds happiness but it’s a long emotional journey with flashbacks of their courtship and new marriage issues. Aurora is named for the Aurora Borealis which was the backdrop of her conception by her hippy parents. Sunspots—the title—are storms on the surface of the sun that are the nursery for making the energy that hurls through space to create the Northern Lights/Aurora Borealis.
My most recent novel, When a Stranger Comes… is set in NYC and upstate New York in the fall. Glorious outdoor scenery and the streets of Manhattan. There are whimsical characters that are alien creatures from other worlds conjured up by the Devil to attend lavish parties. The Devil lives in a mansion off Park Ave. He also has a lodge in upstate NY and an island in the Caribbean, so the settings themselves are cinematic. Alexa’s plight makes for heart pounding discoveries and a time travel episode in Moscow brings colorful and extraordinary images to the plot.
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