Meet the Members: Karen Hulene Bartell

“I’m beginning to realize the wealth of information that’s so readily available to us authors here in Texas.”

-Karen Hulene Bartell

A member of the Writers League’ since January, Karen Hulene Bartell lives in Driftwood, Texas.

Scribe: In what genre(s) do you write?

Karen Hulene Bartell: Primarily, I write women’s literature, but also in the religion, spirituality, romance, and mystery genres.

Scribe: What author would you most like to have a drink with, and what’s the first question you would ask them?

KHB: Earnest Hemingway — last spring, we visited his home in Key West. I’d ask how much of his writing is fictional and how much is truth, with just the names changed to protect the “innocent.”

Scribe: If you were stranded on a deserted island, what book would you want to have with you to keep you sane?

KHB: Okay, my roots are showing: Gone with the Wind. I read it for the first time when I was 13, and it’s influenced my life.

Scribe: What have you learned from your association with the Writers’ League?

KHB: I’m beginning to realize the wealth of information that’s so readily available to us authors here in Texas. I especially enjoyed last June’s Agents & Editors Conference!

Scribe: Where do you see your writing taking you (or you taking it) in the future?

KHB: My goals are to write full time in nine months and earn what I’m currently making at my bread-and-butter daytime job as a technical writer.

Scribe: Here at the Writers’ League, we love sharing book recommendations. What’s one Texas-related book that has come out within the past year that you couldn’t put down?

KHB: Summer of ‘58 by Janice Gilbertson is one of my favorites, and River of Cattle by Alice V. Brock is another.

Scribe: Is there anything else about you that you would like to share with the world? An opportunity for blatant self-promotion!

KHB: My book Lone Star Christmas: Holy Night is the Christmas story, updated and set in current-day Texas. Christmas in Cahokia: Song of the Owl is my most recent release (October 2017). Visit my website for upcoming events, including the release event for my upcoming book Sacred Heart: Valentine, Texas on February 3rd.

Thanks, Karen!

If you’re a Writers’ League member and you’d be interested in being interviewed for our Meet the Members feature, email us at member@writersleague.org for more information. It’s a great way for other members to get to know you and for you to share a bit about what you’re working on!

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