Featured Interview With Karson Lee
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was born and raised in North Carolina. My wife and I have three fur-babies (a blonde pitbull-mix and two blonde and white cats). I love the outdoors, but reading and writing are my passion.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
Ever since I was old enough to read, I would hide in a corner and shove my face in a book. I still spend lunch breaks reading on my Kindle or writing. I started writing around age six or seven with goofy poems about cavemen.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
My favorite authors are Cherie Priest, Dot Hutchison, A. G. Riddle, Mark Edwards, Russell Blake… Truly it’s too many to list. I don’t necessarily have a favorite genre, it entirely depends on my mood. I love a good thriller; I just finished reading The Outsider by Stephen King. Anything steampunk is also a must-read for me. Russell Blake and Cherie Priest probably inspire me the most because of their prose. The way they both write, I truly feel like I’m in the story. I feel like I’m watching a movie and living through the events instead of reading black markings on a white page.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
Lost In Thought: Memories of an Abused Child is my life’s story. It has taken years to write due to its painful nature. It is the account of my life and the sexual abuse I survived as a child.
I started writing it six years ago, but immediately scrapped the idea. What would people think of me if they knew the truth? As time went on, I began to realize that what I had lived through was not my fault. It was no fault of my own that my mother did the things she did. The things she put me through, time and time again.
I again started writing my life’s story a year later, but it fell through the cracks. I contemplated writing it from a different view than my own; I thought maybe it was best to write it like a typical novel and just add a note saying “Based on True Events.” I finally decided to write it from my point of view because I feel like this is the most powerful and intimate way to tell my story.
Even still, Lost In Thought took almost a year to complete. The writing wasn’t that long; it was finished in little over a month. The editing and rereading was what was so difficult. It is hard to relive these events over and over, all at once.
Lost In Thought: Memories of an Abused Child is the true, raw account of child abuse at its worst.