Karen Robards is a New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of over 40 books–her most recent title, SHIVER, was released in mass market on June 25th!

The best thing about being a writer is that I get to live multiple lives. At the beginning of a book, I play around, taking my time, feeling my way along as I work to get inside my main character’s skin, but once I do I’m off and running. For a little while (actually the four to five months it takes me to write a book), I see everything through that character’s eyes, hear what she hears, feel what she feels. I find myself immersed in a world that is totally different from my own.

Since in reality I am a married mother of three sons with a perfectly ordinary life, this is usually a good thing. I say usually because my heroines find themselves in hair-raising situations, a lot. As in, in every book. And I tend toward being a little bit of a coward. But my much-more-courageous-and-resourceful-than-I-am heroines always survive–giving me a happily-ever-after every time to boot–and they have the most amazing adventures.

And I get to go along for the ride.

Take Samantha (Sam) Jones in SHIVER, for example. I had the best time writing her. She’s twenty-three, hot, a single mother who barely manages to keep herself and her kid housed and fed by driving a tow truck at night.

Then, one night, she finds a bound, beaten and bloody man in the trunk of the BMW she’s repossessing.

His name’s Danny, and he’s sexy and scary and infuriating, and she falls in love with him. Later. After saving his life and wishing she hadn’t, and after almost getting killed and yearning to sleep with him when she knows that sleeping with him is the stupidest possible thing she can do ….

Anyway, I think we all know how that works out.

Being inside Sam’s head was fun. I loved her, and her story, and her love affair. Creating characters like Sam, and getting inside their heads, and laughing and crying and scrambling to survive and falling in love along with them, is fun.

So there you have it: that’s why I do what I do.