Karen Stever was born in Ontario, Canada. She always loved books but she didn’t realize she wanted to write them until the last decade of her life. She just loves writing songs because she can condense her thoughts into a single instance. Her debut novel, KING JUGGERNAUT is a great read that makes you remember the good things about childhood. Read full interview...
Thank you to the team at Author Academy for recognizing KING JUGGERNAUT - NYC in the Historical Fiction category!
While there is a panel of judges, they are also taking Reader's Choice into consideration.
I hope if you are reading this, you will vote in the 8th category: HISTORICAL FICTION.
Voting ends sometime in August, Award ceremony is in Ohio in October!
Thank you to everyone who voted for KING JUGGERNAUT - NYC at AllAuthor.com
I was thrilled to see three animal covers win as my main passion is animal rescue! Much love to Joni darc Shepherd and K.C. Julius. I am always happy to meet other women authors!
Despite a long and dramatic journey to get to this place, I have fulfilled the mission of completing book #1 in the Rattenbury Chronicles, KING JUGGERNAUT - NYC!
Writing wasn't as hard as trying to shut down the external drama. ISN'T THAT THE WAY?
I will post updates as it is ready for shipping, but you can absolutely order now!
Thank you for all your love! You all ROCK!
PS: More music and more writing coming... 'cause, uh, I suck at anything else. HA!
Sicko was the first song I released off 'PLAYGROUND ISOLATOR!' in 2008.
After some major and exhausting changes in my world these past few years, I felt like revisiting the song that started off the healing of my dark depression back then. Sometimes, by navigating through our shadows, we can focus better on the glimmers of hope...if we let the spirit of the music move us.
I recorded just a vocal and piano and then set up a camera. With Mark's help, we filmed it one day at home and then asked Frank Gryner to cut it together.
I do hope if you are suffering from depression, you will allow the lyrics to wash over you and help you heal as well.
After the nasty year I had, I felt like revisiting "Sicko". I recorded a piano/vocal version & made a video to go with it.
Will post it soon!
If someone would have asked me to do a book series, even last year...I would have SCREEEEEEAMED, uh..."nope". I don't know how difficult it would be to scream the word 'nope'. It doesn't seem like it would carry across a field properly.
I was looking at these seven Shakespeare classics today. My love for books came with Dr. Seuss and Beatrix Potter as a child. However, my survival in highschool English class was dependent upon me reading and somewhat understanding Shakespeare. My teacher was dry...like no-butter-on-a-cracker with no-water-to-wash-it-down dry. Yaaaaaawn.
I remember coming home and asking Mom to translate what the Hell I was reading.
Thankfully, Mom was a hopeless romantic with a great love for words. YAY!
One of my questions outside of her translating them was, "Wouldn't one of these books taken him his whole life?" They seemed complicated. She explained that back then they didn't have technology occupying their time. He could just sit and write. They also didn't worry as much about what the audience thought. They may have potentially beat themselves up and been self-deprecating at times, but the "biz" was unique then.
WOW! What an occupation! You don't like the current world, you just imagine another one.
Authors like Shakespeare and Poe will forever live in our hearts because they wrote one specific way:
I have been working on the first novel between having to make a "real living" for the better part of this year. However, this month, on a British radio station, I announced that I was bringing up seven of these children at the same time.
What is that? Septuplets? It's just a boatload of diapers to change at once. Whatever.
Here is the transcribed announcement portion from the BRFM Interview if you are unable to listen to it:
The only way I can do this properly is to do it totally from my gut. I am not looking to write something 'light' or soothing bed-time stories.
I am going to be launching its own website, 'cause it is going to get crowded here really quickly!
I hope you will follow along with my journey. I will update as often as I can.
Love you all,
PS: do you want to see this project released? I hope you will consider contributing here: patreon.com/stever
Listen to the STEVER interview with Gareth Angel!
My Birthday Interview where I announce my grandiose plans!
Last year, we released the video for song #7 from 'Idiot Savant', BLACKGUARD! This year, it was nominated for Music Video of the Year at the Jack Richardson London Music Awards . Big congrats to my co-producer, video-director/animator Frank Gryner who did an amazing job at animating the doll I made and for kicking ass on building a great asylum!
"Karen and Frank’s latest collaboration, a 12-track concept record called Idiot Savant, released late last year, tells the story of Ian, a 9 year old boy whose inner genius is lost on those around him, in the hopes of inspiring listeners to reclaim their inner child and “return to the playground...”
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