Welcome to Heaven. Use your Wishberry to hustle up whatever you want. Have an online chat with God. Visit the attractions such as Retail Rapture, Wrath of God miniature golf and Nocturnal Theater, where nightly dreams are translated to film.
Your greeter might just be Skye Sebring who will advises her newly dead clients on what to expect now that they’re expired. “Heaven is like a Corona Beer commercial” she assures her charges. “It’s all about contentment.”
So different than Earth where chaos reigns. Unfortunately for Skye, she’s been chosen to live her first life. She’s required to attend Earth 101 classes, which teach all of the world’s greatest philosophies through five Beatles songs.
Skye has no interest in Earthly pursuits, until lawyer Ryan Blaine briefly becomes her client after a motorcycle accident. Just as they are getting to know each other, he is revived and sent back to Earth.
She follows his life via the TV channel “Earthly Pleasures” but discovers he has a wife as well as a big secret. Why then does he call a show for the lovelorn to talk about the lost love of his life?
In Earthly Pleasures (Simon and Schuster, February 2008, $14), great love can transcend the dimensions, narrowing the vast difference between Heaven and Earth.
Jenn: Do you write full-time?
Karen: I’ve been a full-time writer for over four years now. I used to be a special ed teacher and after a full day of being with troubled teenagers my butt was kicked and I couldn’t write a word at night. Oddly enough, when I had a brief stint as an editor of a regional magazine, I could easily write nonfiction all day and come home and write fiction at night.
Jenn: How did you make this transition?
Karen: I had all my paperwork in hand to renew my teaching certificate for another five years and I threw it in the trash. I didn’t want to be tempted to fall back on teaching if I hit a rough spot in my fiction career. I’d heard the expression “leap and the net will appear” and in my case, I leaped and so far it’s all worked out beautifully.
Jenn: Where do you write?
Karen: I write cross-legged in a chair in the den facing a window with my laptop. My office is strictly used for promotion work.
Jenn: What makes you happiest about writing?
Karen: When I can finally read the piece through without wincing once.
Jenn: Give us a run-down on all your books. How do you see this new book fitting into the work you’ve produced so far?
Karen: I have a three book series called the Bottom Dollar Girls written under the name of Karin Gillespie. Those books are very Southern and focus on women friendships. Earthly Pleasures is sort of a paranormal love story about a greeter in Heaven who falls in love with a mortal on Earth. Very different indeed so I used the pen name Karen Neches. However, all my books are humorous, feature quirky characters and have twisty plots.