Who is Karen Botha?
Karen Botha was born in Lincolnshire England where her father was in the royal air force. As a young girl she always had a passion for reading and writing. Working most of her adult life in digital marketing didn’t leave her much time to pursue her passion for stories. at the age of 36 She retrained for a reflexologist and started working for herself. This helped her free up more than enough time to enjoy a re-found passion for writing.
Her first novel , Naked Truths was inspired by true life experiences and tales from clients. But don’t believe everything you read.
She enjoys traveling, rugby and motor sport, which all give her inspiration and ideas for her books. The sexy six-book gay romance series, Commitment is a story about finding love in the most unlikely places between a race car driver and his mechanic.
She currently lives in London with her Husband and rescue dog called Shadow where she hangs out at home, dreaming up and writing new stories and reading new books while her hubby plays golf. If you ask Karen about her favorite genre, she’ll struggle to give you a straight answer because it depends on her mood. She loves a good romance, but equally but a twisty mystery or psychological thriller in front of her and she’ll snap off your hand. You can find out more about this in her book review blog.
If you’d like to read about a day in my life, hit the blogs section here.
Each series Karen writes, whether it be a gay romance book, a BWWM interracial romance or mystery has a theme that is close to her heart. If you’d like to get to know her better and find out what has inspired each series of books, and why, then head over to the series inspiration pages, here.
All of Karen’s books are set in London, an area that she knows well and loves. When she’s out and about in the great city, she can often be found frequenting the odd bar or two. Her favorite has now closed down, it used to be Vinopolis on the South Bank because like Paula and Lucy in the Naked Series, Karen loves her wine. She liked nothing better than to head out on a summer’s day and sit outside.
My next favorite place is Galvin Windows, which is the top floor of the Hilton Park Lane. You can either go there for a drink, or you can have a meal in the restaurant. It’s pretty posh, so I only go there every now and again, and there is a dress code that’s not ideal when you’re walking lots because I’m a girl who loves a comfortable shoe. But, that aside, for the price of a viewing deck at other tourist traps, you can sit down in an elegant environment and enjoy two cocktails. Plus, I’d argue that the view of London is better from here, because you get way more greenery.
Another haunt I love is Soho. It’s a wonderful vibe in the place and I love sitting down there in summer with a glass of wine and watching the world go by. A lot of the restaurants
have bi-folding doors and on the right day, it is totally wonderful. If you’re a people watcher, like me, then you can while away hours there without any problems.
Another great place for book lovers and readers, is a cafe bar/ restaurant/ cocktail bar set up in Shoreditch called ‘The Book Club.’ By day it’s a great place to hang out and eat some fab food, by night it turns into a party venue with DJ’s. In between times they run a variety of quirky events, such as poetry readings, speed dating and even dream catcher making workshops. It’s worth checking them out.
Now, you will be forgiven for thinking that I am only interested in feeding my belly (that’s a Yorkshire saying) and that is largely true. But, there are some beautiful undiscovered places in London which I love. For instance, I was just on a walking tour with my friend. It was supposed to be a ghost tour, but as with all these things, they grab you in with the headline and then you’re left to discover the parts of London which fit conveniently into a two hour tour. BUT, I saw some places that I would never have come across on my own and I loved it.
For instance, did you know that St Bartholomews the Great is London’s oldest church and dates back to 1100’s. To get to it, you have to pass through an old gate which dates back to the same time period. It is truly wonderful and so hidden away.
That said, if you want to have a great view of all the main tourist attractions, then you can do a lot worse than get on a number 15 bus. It’s the one that I used to get on from Tower Hill when I worked in the city and it took me all the way up to Oxford Street, passing the main sites such as St Pauls and Fleet Street and the courts as we went. It’s cheaper than a tour if you’re looking to see places fast and save cash.
Karen’s favorite joke
I thought I’d leave you on a light note. So, here’s my favorite joke, hope it brings a smile to your face, although it’s unlikely to make you laugh, because are jokes ever really that funny anyway? If you feel the need to tell me how terrible that is, then my contact details are below. I love hearing from you guys, so please, go ahead and give me a shout.
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