Karen began her writing career creating poems for handmade birthday cards at work. Later she started a story as part of a 1,000 word homeschool contest. Being rather chatty, she found it difficult to stay anywhere near 1,000 words and gave up. A few years later, she finished that story and it became her first children's book.
She would love to say that her children's stories come from a finely-honed understanding of the hearts and minds of children. But in actuality, they bubble up out of a childish imagination she never grew out of. Her short stories and novels also come from that imagination with a little bit of life experience thrown in. Karen often writes about events directly from her life but not before she has pounded and twisted them almost beyond recognition.
Karen lives with her husband, teenaged daughter, mean Chihuahua, and a cat named Fitch, in a rural area of Indiana. They long for the beach and plan to move to Santa Monica one day. Especially the Chihuahua, who finds the winters in Indiana far too cold.