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Karen Booth is someone I've been seeing around local clubs since the early 1990s, when Chapel Hill was being touted as "The Next Seattle" and Booth was working for hometown label Mammoth Records. Mammoth is long gone, but Booth is still around -- and nowadays, writing books set in the music industry; steamy romance novels of the sort that (typically women) readers devour in droves.

After a few novellas, Booth's debut full-length novel has just been published, and it draws from her time in the music-industry trenches as well as her wonder-years fandom for the British band Duran Duran here. See the Q&A interview in Sunday's paper, which also has details on a couple of upcoming readings.

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About the blogger

David Menconi has been the News & Observer's music critic since 1991. Before that, he spent five years at the Daily Camera in Boulder, Colo. He has a masters in journalism from the University of Texas and a B.A. in English from Southwestern University. You can find more of his writing here.