Karin has named several books after songs, including Substitute for Love (Madonna), Stepping Stone (Duffy), Unforgettable (Nat King Cole), Wild Things (Cris Williamson) and The Kiss that Counted (Catie Curtis).
Karin’s first few novels were typed on a Macintosh Plus and printed via dot matrix. Plus it had dueling double density disk drives. Good times.
The Queen of Cups Bookstore (In Every Port) is entirely fictional. The experience of a young closeted woman visiting an out and proud women’s bookstore for the first time – not quite so fictional.
When Karin wrote In Every Port in 1987, she was afraid many readers outside the Bay Area wouldn’t have heard of Harvey Milk. She decided to set her novel in 1978 so she could include him.
Barbara Grier wasn’t sure she liked the title of Karin’s first novel. But Katherine Forrest did, and In Every Port it remained.