The Ocarina of Time is a game from the universe of Zelda. Zelda is awesome. If you want to know more than that you’ll have to ask Karin’s daughter or Paris Ellison (My Lady Lipstick) for yourself. #ZeldaRules
That Bast the Cat fawned over the new neighbor should have told Hayley Carnegie (Unbeliever) all she needed to know. Every cat Karin has ever known is right about everything. Just ask them.
Disney’s The Little Mermaid is one of those movies Karin has never been able to sit through and she dislikes the original fairy tale so much she had to fix it with A Fish Out of Water. Because patriarchy and disposable women.
Half tongue-in-cheek Victorian novel and half modern day erotic horror, Castle Wrath features one of Karin’s ditziest heroines, whose ignorance about the United Kingdom’s nations is all too common among her countrywomen.
The idea and opening scene of Comfort and Joy came from the first hearing of Ed Sheeran’s “The A Team.”
Cowboys in Russia (Love by the Numbers) were inspired by the rollicking “Bulgarian Cowboy” from pianist Paul Halley, which in turn was inspired by his travels in Russia with the Paul Winter Consort.
Auntie Mame is one of Karin’s favorite movies, and it was pre-ordained when actress-of-a-certain-age Helen Baynor (Roller Coaster) needed a signature role, Mame would be it.
If you recognize a certain television cooking competition in the epilogue of Roller Coaster, you’re not wrong. “Prepare a gourmet French dinner that includes haggis-in-a-can.” Karin thinks that’s fun. To watch.
Above Temptation was a manuscript in the drawer for so long that when it was time to revisit, all of the banking laws had changed, and banking fraud itself was a different style of crime. Kip and Tam turned out to be more informed than the author.
The title and one underlying theme of Stepping Stone were inspired by the song “Stepping Stone” by Duffy.
Anidyr Bycall’s name has two Russian inspirations. Lake Baikal, the largest freshwater lake in the world, and several places are named Anadyr in easternmost Russia. Anidyr is pronounced “Annie-dear” – At least that’s what her affectionate father says in Warming Trend.
It’s unusual for Karin to have an actor in mind to play one of her characters. An exception is Marissa’s mother in Finders Keepers. The “step up on the table in the country club dining room to make an announcement” personality – it’s so Meryl Streep. If she were unavailable then Helen Mirren would do it justice as well.
There’s no apartment building as described at the corner of 18th and Castro in San Francisco. That’s why it’s called fiction. But wouldn’t it be nice if there were?
Brandy Monsoon’s last name (All the Wrong Places) was inspired by Edina Monsoon of Absolutely Fabulous. A force of nature is a force of nature, even when it’s a bit confused by life.
Karin found out that Sugar Sorenson’s (Sugar) deeply religious grandmother had had a change of heart at the same moment Sugar did.
Fondant is hard to make and even if Karin wanted to make it, she lacks the patience and artistry to pull it off. Words are less dangerous for everyone involved. Hence Sugar and its vicarious cake making.
While mulling the idea of setting a book in Iowa City, Karin heard it referred to as “River City.” After that the main character of One Degree of Separation was Marian the Librarian and no other name was ever considered.