Judith Haimes and NanC Hensley, authors of The Hand of Karma, stopped by for an interview.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Despite an eleven year age gap, my sister NanC and I are best friends and always have been. We have shared all of the ups and downs that families experience and supported each other through the good and the bad.
What do you do when you're not writing?
When we're not writing, NanC and I are involved in the entertainment industry. NanC produces Rock N Roll shows, and I work more behind the scenes. Nanc is a licensed hypnotherapist and enjoys helping her patients overcome their adversities. We both love to travel, and over many years have been involved in police work as professional psychics.
When did your first start writing?
I published my first article in Fate Magazine when I was sixteen years old, and have been writing ever since. I was a columnist for Creators Syndicate on Recovering from Grief. NanC has been writing for most of her life.
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
For me, it is Margaret Mitchell. She paints vivid pictures with words. NanC has so many favorites, to name one would be like picking a favorite child.
What inspired you to write this particular book?
We began writing Hand of Karma after NanC received the news that she had stage 3 breast cancer. The women in our family are very strong, but we needed a diversion from concentrating on the negative aspects of cancer. We decided to write a book based on what we know. The extensive work we did with several police agencies gave us a wealth of source material.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
My favorite part of the book is the ending because it shows the reality of karma. Everything you do comes back on you one way or the other, for good or ill.
What is best writing advice you can give?
Don't give up your dream or the passion to write. Sometimes the hardest part is writing that first rough draft. Focus on getting your ideas on paper. Write from your heart and use your past experiences.
Is there anything else you'd like your readers to know about the book?
We hope that you'll enjoy reading this book as much as we enjoyed writing it. Hand of Karma is a fast read; you can pick it up at the airport in New York and be finished by the time you land in California. However, it also makes you think twice about how your actions ripple out into the world, and how those ripples will find their way back to you.
About the book:
“The Hand Of Karma” a thriller written by sisters NanC Hensley and Judith Haimes was an idea born from a devastating life event. Hensley had just found out she was diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer, when she broke the news to her sister, the pair decided to write as a form of therapy. Started during Hensley’s chemotherapy sessions, under the pen name “Haimes Hensley”, the two sisters and best friends journeyed through the ordeal of cancer together and created a serial killer by proxy thriller that has left readers begging for more.
The book has been hailed as a “must read” and “hard to put down” by readers and critics alike. The story takes readers through the skillful manipulation of a psychotic man by a brilliant and emotionally warped woman. Allison Rogers, a psychic, picks up clues through contact with a place where one of his crimes was committed, but she is unable to convince the unbelieving police that her vision represents real events. Angered by the refusal of the police investigators to accept what she tries to tell them about the killer, she resolves to put the crime out of her mind and concentrate on her project of exposing false psychics who prey on gullible people eager for easy answers to their problems. But that project crosses the killer's trail, and Allison is caught up in a web of events that make her a target of the killer.
About the authors:
Nan C Hensley is a member of Sisters in Crime--a national writer's organization, worked as a consultant with law enforcement, and has been aClinical Hypnotherapist since 1992. She has published numerous articles on the topic of metaphysics. She currently lives in Pinellas County, Florida.