Our first guest for the inauguration of Alphabet Author of the Week is here! All week this week we’re celebrating A. Let’s have a round of applause for the talented Karen Cote and her Avatars!
Hi Adriana and thank you so much for this fabulous opportunity. Your idea rocks, is unique and will define who you are as an artist. It is also the concept which led me to creating my avatars.
I learned from a mentor that branding myself had to be something outside a title of any certain book I am writing. People don’t remember book titles. They remember names. Hence…Nora Roberts, Danielle Steele… I can’t remember a single book title they’ve written but I surely know they’re names.
I also wanted something fun and different for people to enjoy. Not only the viewer but the guests I host as well. It has helped my SEO (Search Engine Optimization) tremendously and bringing awareness to my name is all an author can ask for.
Which Avatar was the most fun for you to create? Why?
Lily, the heroine in my book, and Jet the hero is a close second. How often does an artist get to bring their characters to life?
Are your Avatars based on people you know in real life?
For the most part no but I must add a caveat. Every avatar’s voice is someone near and dear to my heart. For instance, the hero, Jet, is my husband’s voice, of course, while my daughters and other members make up the rest. I thought it only appropriate those closest to me be represented by the characters I hold nearest to my heart.
Lily looks like such a kick ass chick. If you had to pick ONE word to describe her, what would it be (yes, only one!)? Why?
Inclusive. It is my hope every reader will relate to her on some level.
Be honest: Are you team Mark or team Jet? Why?
Good question and extremely perceptive of you. You’ve obviously done your homework! However, it’s really not difficult to decide since any hero I write about will always have bits and pieces of my husband. If you don’t mind indulging me, I will let my dedication forever written in Erotic Deception speak for itself.
In humble gratitude to the Good Lord above, I’d like to dedicate this book to my real life hero…Todd Cote´. My lover, my best-friend, my soulmate, my husband. Thank you, God for this great gift I do not deserve but You’ve given in such generosity. I love you, Cote´. You are my happily ever after I never knew to be possible.
Thank you so much for sharing, Karen!
Please visit Karen and her Avatars at: www.karencote.tv