Simply put, L.O.S.T. is badass. How did you get the idea for Last Option Special Team?
I was watching The Dirty Dozen for the umpteenth time with hubby. I had just watched one of the Mission Impossible movies and I thought, hmm, what if I combined the two? And voila, L.O.S.T. was born.
Jax Cassidy is such a great heroine. Spunky, strong and doesn't let the men around her push her around. How did you make sure that her man was good enough for her?
Jax literally popped in my head one day. She was bigger than life and in my face demanding retribution. Marcus came a little slower. I can’t just create a character; they have to come to me. I knew whoever Jax hooked up with would have to be as damaged as she was so that as kindred souls they could heal. The first scene where we meet Marcus is how he came to me. He was bad, and he made no excuses for who he was or what he was. But I also had a glimpse of his long lost humanity in how he handled the little girl. I fell in love right then and there and I knew he was Jax’s man.
For readers who haven't read Enemy Mine, can you tell us a bit about it?
Another emotional meat grinder. Nikko and I go way back. I’ve known him and his issues for a long time, it was nice to finally give him his story, but finding the right woman for him was tough. There was no doubt when I began the LOST series that Nikko would be a part of that fabulous team. When I met Selena, she was kicking deamon ass. She was sexy, smart and extremely skilled. I knew she was the woman from Nikko’s past, and not only his nemesis but the only woman he would ever love. In ENEMY MINE the supernatural world is further exposed then it was in ENEMY LOVER. I wanted to keep the story set in the human world, and keep the otherworld simple. The deamon aspect of that got a little bit away from me, but I went with it, and I’m glad I did.
At its core, ENEMY MINE is a tumultuous love story set against a ticking time bomb to save the human world from the deamons who want supreme otherworld power.
What was it about Selena and Nikko that made you want to write their book next?
As I said, I love me some Nikko. He and I have a long standing relationship and it was past time I gave him the spotlight.
I was really intrigued by Gage in Enemy Lover. Will you be writing a book for him?
I’m going to be writing another LOST book in the near future, I’m thinking Gage might finally meet his match…
How do you balance the paranormal romance and suspense aspects of each story?
When I first began writing many moons ago, I wrote straight romantic suspense. Even my erotic romance books, the hot cops I write as Karin Tabke have a suspense thread. For me there really is no balance issue because the paranormal element is more a character thing than anything else. Having the suspense aspect is how I roll so it’s just a matter of coming up with a viable believable suspense plot.
Do you think in future books you'll be exploring different supernatural races?
Absolutely. I can’t wait to dive into the lycan world. The Blood Moon Rising trilogy I’m writing as Karin Tabke for Berkely Heat has been a blast. I love the primal aspects of lycan. Then there are the sexy fey, and I suspect, there will be a prequel featuring the mysterious Rurik, and of course the naughty Joran will have the spotlight as well.
What's the major different in writing style between Karin Harlow and your other pen name, Karin Tabke?
Harlow writes paranormal romantic suspense. The L.O.S.T. stories are meatier plotwise, and they are most definitely edgy, but so are my Tabke books just lighter and more relationship focused in that the h/h have more page time together.
Whose book will be next after Enemy Mine?
Not sure yet, maybe Gage, maybe…Shane…?
Out of all the men in the L.O.S.T. crew, who steals YOUR heart?
They all do, but whenever I’m asked this question Jax jumps out first with Marcus hot on her heels. But I have to tell you, Godfather has me intrigued beyond fascination. He just keeps simmering in my head. I will conclude the series with his story, because as of yet, I’m not sure if there is a woman out there for him!