Finding My Voice
Karly Lane / Karlene Blakemore-Mowle

I’ll let you in on a little secret, when I first started writing I had no idea what a voice was … well, unless you count the multitude in my head that love to start talking when I’m trying to sleep!

It’s hard work … it takes a lot of writing and rewriting to learn the craft. For me, knowing what I wanted to write was based on the kinds of books I loved to read. I loved reading anything as long as it had romance in it. I didn’t have any idea what I was doing when I started out and it took many years before I had a manuscript worthy of showing anyone. It wasn’t until I joined RWA (Romance Writers of Australia) that I finally had some kind of direction and began to figure out how this writing thing, worked.

The rise of ebooks and indie publishing was just starting when I joined RWA and began submitting my books to publishers so it was a very interesting time to be starting out in the industry. I think I’m lucky because I am published in both traditional press and Indie publishing and both allow me to write in many different voices and genres.

Under my indie publishing name of Karlene Blakemore-Mowle I write everything from Fantasy, Romantic Suspense and New Adult romance. Under my Allen &Unwin published name of Karly Lane, I write predominantly Rural Fiction; stories based on small communities in rural Australia.

For me, writing across genres allows my brain to take a rest from writing the same voice constantly. I’m currently working on a trilogy under my Karlene Blakemore-Mowle name with the second book due for release within the next few weeks; Blood of Kings, to be followed later this year by book three; The Lion’s Prey. Then in between all this, I will go back to writing a new Karly Lane book for next year.

Advice for new authors?

I often have people tell me that they would love to write a book one day, but they just don’t have the time. I get this, I really do, but I reached a point about eight years ago when I knew, despite working, having just had a baby and with a husband and four children, there was never going to be time to just sit and write in peace. Like seriously …. NEVER … ever (it was quite a depressing thought at the time!)

I decided that if I wanted to write, then I just had to fit it into my life. For a long time I would get up early before the rest of the house awoke and stay up late at night after they went to bed. I would write whenever I had a chance, sometimes it might only have been in ten or twenty minute snatches. It paid off, because over the first two years I had written five books.


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2 Comments on FINDING MY VOICE: Karly Lane

  1. noelleclarkblog // June 20, 2014 at 9:23 am // Reply

    Karly, five books in two years, plus work, family! You deserve a medal! 🙂 I love hearing about your dedication to writing. It is obviously a burning desire within you, and you made it happen despite major obstacles. I like your take on writing under different names in different genres too. Thanks for sharing your journey.

  2. Karly Lane // June 20, 2014 at 3:17 pm // Reply

    I don’t know about deserving a medal, Noelle…more like a trip to the looney bin! It is my passion in life though and I am very grateful that I am able to have a job I love, now 😉

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