I am honoured to have Karen Cioffi on my blog today and to learn more about a very talented writer indeed! Welcome Karen Cioffi!
1. Could you tell us a little about yourself?
I had to leave my former job as an assistant controller for a manufacturing company because of MS. Not being able to go to work, I delved into writing.
Currently, I’m a published author (traditional and self-published), ghostwriter, and editor.
I’m a member of the International Association of Professional Ghostwriters, the Professional Writers Alliance, the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors, the Working Writer’s Club, Freelancers Union, SCBWI, Author’s Den, JacketFlap, and many others.
2. Describe your desk/workspace.
I’ll start by saying I WISH I had an office. I have a corner in my dining room where I have a computer cabinet. Folders are on either side of the desktop and my screen is on the desk, along with speakers, and a daily calendar that’s always open to the current week. Under that is a pull out shelf with my keyboard.
I have a printer on a shelf above the desktop, and a fax machine on a shelf above that. On that top shelf, I have pictures of my grandsons that make me smile every time I look at them.
I have books and notebooks on two small books cases, covering most of my dining room table, and some are even behind me on the floor, and I have five or six on one of the dining room chairs.
Again, I WISH I had an office.
3. Do you have a favorite quote?
I actually have three favorite quotes:
“You must be the change you want to see in the world.” M. Ghandi
“It’s not what you’ve done that matters – it’s what you haven’t done.” Mark Twain
“Nothing ventured, nothing gained.” American proverb possibly based on a late fourteenth century proverb.
4. What are you currently reading?
I’m just starting two books:
The Talented Clementine by Marla Frazee
The new edition of The Frugal Book Promoter by Carolyn Howard Johnson
5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
The best advice I’ve received is from writing coach Suzanne Lieurance. It wasn’t directed to me specifically, but it hit home: don’t compare yourself to other writers or their accomplishments.
In this business it’s so easy to feel you’re just not good enough, especially as you see others reaching their goals while you’re not quite there. Don’t get into that rut. If you diligently keep your goals in front of you and work toward them, you’ll reach them.
6. If you could have coffee with anyone (living or dead, real or fictional), who would it be and why?
Solely from a nostalgic point of view, I’d have coffee with my grandmothers. There so much I don’t know about my family history and didn’t have the foresight to ask about it while my grandmothers were alive.
I think as we get older a sense of family roots and history takes root, at least for me it came later in life.
And, I think it’s important to pass on family history to the future generations.
7. What are your top three favorite books and why?
The Single Shard by Linda Sue Park. It’s they type of story I in children’s books – it provides a wonderful sense of the time period and a reflection of society when respect and honor were paramount.
Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina. It’s a wonderfully engaging and predictive picture book.
Story of an Hour (a short story) by Kate Chopin. I just love this short story with its underlying psychological implications.
8. What was your favorite book as a child and why?
I loved the Nancy Drew series. I belong to a book a month with it and I still have the books. I’m not sure why I enjoyed them so much. They seemed to be easy reads and I found them engaging.
9. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
Hmm. I’m not sure if it’s a writing quirk, but I find it very difficult to stick to a weekly writing plan. I even find it very difficult to make a weekly writing plan each and every week.
10. Do you write full-time or part-time?
I write part-time, my other ‘computer time’ is spent on marketing, groups, Writers on the Move, and other things related to writing, but not quite writing.
11. What are your current marketing strategies for Walking Through Walls?
My most recent marketing strategy for Walking Through Walls is this book tour through World of Ink Author/Book Tours. I will also be:
• Initiating a joint venture sometime in November or December, scheduled to be launched on February 7, 2012
• Submitting the book in competitions
• Querying for school and library visits
• Getting all promotional items needed
• Creating a couple of specific story related article to post on the book’s blogsite
12. What can you share about any current writing projects?
I have a couple of WIPs on the back burner at the moment, one of which is another middle-grade story about Walking Through Walls’ protagonist and best friend. It will be a sequel, but it will also be a stand alone story.
I also have my ongoing business and health related ghostwriting gigs, and my editing jobs.
13. What would be the best way for readers to contact you?
I can be contacted at karencioffi AT ymail [DOT] com.
My main sites are:
http://karencioffi.com (author site)
http://writersonthemove.com (Writers on the Move Blogsite)
Readers can connect with me at:
14. Where can people find your middle-grade fantasy adventure book, Walking Through Walls?
The Walking Through Walls Information site is at (includes reviews):
Walking Through Walls can be purchased at:
4RV Publishing: http://4rvpublishingcatalog.yolasite.com/mg-ya-page-2.php
4RV is having a Holiday Book Sale – my book is only $12.55 (including tax and shipping) through December 5th. It’s the best deal around! Check out the site for other amazing book deals.
Information site for Day’s End Lullaby (a children’s bedtime picture book):
A list of my current books and e-books can be seen at:
15. Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Just want to thank you for featuring me and Walking Through Walls today!