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Friday, 10 August 2012

Interview: Karen Ann Hopkins of Temptation


TemptationAt the Other End:
Temptation
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Your heart misleads you.
That's what my friends and family say.

But I love Noah. And he loves me.

We met and fell in love in the sleepy farming community of Meadowview, while we rode our horses together through the grassy fields and in those moments in each other's arms.

It should be  ROSE & NOAH  forever, easy.

But it won't be.
Because he's Amish.

And I'm not


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Karen Ann HopkinsAuthor Bio:
A native of New York State, Karen Ann Hopkins now lives with her family on a farm in northern Kentucky, where her neighbors in all directions are members of a strict Amish community. Her unique perspective became the inspiration for the story of star-crossed lovers Rose and Noah. When she’s not homeschooling her kids, giving riding lessons or tending to a menagerie of horses, goats, peacocks, chickens, ducks, rabbits, dogs and cats, she is dreaming up her next romantic novel. 

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Goodreads:                         Karen Ann Hopkins                            Temptation Series
Facebook:                                    Temptation                                       Karen Ann Hopkins 
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Take A Seat. Get Strapped In. Let's Go For A Ride:


1. Where have we seen you before? (previous projects/works)
This is my first published work.  Before writing TEMPTATION, I spent most of my time in the arena training youth in horseback riding.  I’ve been an equestrian drill team coach in Tennessee and Kentucky for nearly ten years.  Upon moving to the Amish community that I now reside in, I gathered up a group of Amish teens who learned the sport and performed for their community at the end of the season.  Because the Amish aren’t allowed to listen to music, the program was done silently to the disappointment of the Amish kids, although they rode flawlessly. 

I’m a single mom and when I’m not writing or working with horses, I care for my five children and all the critters on the farm.   



2. What goes through your mind after your novel has been on sale for the first week?
I’ve only experienced this situation one time so far, but I felt deep anxiety about how the mainstream audience would react to an Amish themed young adult novel.  As far as I know, TEMPTATION is the first of its kind on the market.    The lifestyle choices of the Amish are considered sweet and inspirational to some and anti-feminist and restrictive to others.  The subject of a young girl possibly giving up her freedoms to be with an Amish boy is a polarizing subject to many readers. 




3. What inspired you to write this novel?
I was inspired to write TEMPTATION from the observations I made of the Amish teens who came to my farm to ride with the non-Amish (to the Amish, anyone not Amish is considered English) kids in the arena.  On many levels, the Amish are just like any other teen and the connection that some of the them were making with each other sparked my mind at the difficulty that such a relationship would present.  Rose and Noah’s story is fictional, but I’ve seen several Amish young people leave their culture to be with an outsider.  In each case, they were shunned by their families.



4. What do you think about when getting/seeing negative reviews?
With this particular story, I expected some negativity.  There are people who have a hard time accepting that a girl might give up her culture and freedoms to be with a boy who she loves desperately.  The criticisms that I’ve received revolve around the notion of instant-love or the disgust over the anti-feminist ways of the Amish people.  I personally have witnessed too many immediate love affairs to even question the existence, and I wrote the story to portray the Amish in as accurate way as possible, even if it ruffles some feathers.  



5. How long was the writing/planning process?
I wrote the first version of TEMPTATION in two months.  The revision process took another eight months or so.  I was accepted by my literary agent about one year after I wrote the book and signed the deal with Harlequin Teen a few months later.



6. What was your reaction to the cover art when you saw it for the first time? Did you have any ideas from the days of writing/inspiration?
It felt a bit too visually romantic for my personal taste at first, but it grew on me quickly.  So many people have responded positively that I believe Harlequin Teen got the picture right.  I really like the Australian cover also, except that the boy (admittedly pretty hot) isn’t dressed Amish.



7. Any plans for future writing projects? Any being worked on now?
I’m finishing up the revisions on the sequel to TEMPTATION now.  The second book is called BELONGING and it will be out in May of 2013.  
I’m also working on an adult Amish mystery and a young adult paranormal set in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.  


8. Top 5 books
In no particular order;

George R. R. Martin’s, A Song of Ice and Fire series,
Tolkien’s The Hobbit,
Maia by Richard Adams,
Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty
The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.



9. Recommended books
Depending on the age of the reader, I’d recommend any of the above books. 


10. Why read your novel?
 TEMPTATION is a very unique novel for young adult readers.  I think the combination of a forbidden romance will keep readers turning the pages quickly, while at the same time, they’ll be learning about a secretive culture that is spreading out from the Midwest of the United States in all directions.  In my opinion, the Amish are as intriguing as vampires, fairies and elves—and they’re real! 




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6 comments:

  1. I admit that I never read a Amish subject book, but I'm curious and I do not see a reason to be a bad one just for that. We must accept the others like the other must accept us. And a true love can't be stop, isn't it?

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    1. I completely agree, there will be a whole new kind of reading experience that we will go through, just by reading from within the Amish community compared to the outside, the "English". I agree, true love can't be stopped, and there is no reason as to why it should be stopped in the first place.

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  2. Great interview! I been having this book on my TBR list for forever I love any book that is centered around the Amish community! Thanks for this giveaway

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    1. Thanks! It's kinda hard not to have it on your TBR list, you see the novel everywhere! Yes it will be a new kind of experience reading about the Amish. Good luck!

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