Sometimes you just have to write

I am about sixty pages into my next story.  I like my characters.  I know what’s happening at the border.  I know who the good guys are and who the bad guy is but I still haven’t figured out why the bad guy is doing what he’s doing.  Okay, I know he has connections to the cartel.  I know it’s money that motivates him.  But what is it with all his power and influence that he can actually do for the cartel?  And whatever it is it has to be something he can do without leaving a trail.  Now I know there are probably a dozen answers to that question.  And I know I should have figured that out before I started writing.  But I have such a good story going, going . . . . Yikes!  Going where?  

Sometimes all you can do is write.  I am sure i will figure this out but in the meantime I’m writing, building characters, putting in the action, making connections.  And if I’m lucky something will click and I will recognize just what it is the bad guy is up to.  Does this sound backwards to you?  Well, all I can say is as a story develops new ideas come.  I may have to go back and rewrite, but that is so much better than not writing at all! 

In the meantime look for my other books on Amazon under my name, Karen Hopkins–no middle initial.  At least you can enjoy a good story while I figure this one out!!

Oh, one more thing–I am in the middle of setting up Shaman Priest as a paperback.  Once I get that figured out I will publish all my titles in paperback.  I’ll keep you posted as soon as hard copies are available.  

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About Karen Hopkins

Karen Hopkins (1949-) was born in Los Angeles and raised in Martinez, California. At seventeen she moved to Talcahuano, Chile. After completing her university degree she worked in London, England for Pan American Airlines and traveled extensively throughout Europe, the Middle East, and India. For twenty-six years Karen taught Spanish and English as a Second Language in a variety of settings including a private school in Panama, the "most remote school in the United States"--Ticaboo, Utah, the Navajo Reservation, a teacher exchange in Hermosillo, Mexico, Carl Hayden High School in Phoenix, Arizona, and Cochise College in Nogales, Arizona. She and her husband travel extensively throughout Mexico and Central America, and have spent many summers in the remote highlands of Chiapas and Guatemala with their family. Karen currently lives in Southern Arizona, near the Mexican border.
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