A fourth-generation Albertan, Karen grew up on a farm, attended the University of Alberta, and received a psychology degree from the University of Victoria. She currently lives in northwestern Alberta with her husband and recently quit managing the local library to write full-time.
Her high school English teacher told her she should write, but it took twenty years before she finally gave it a try. She was instantly addicted. (And has since admitted to her teacher that she was right.)
Karen's first two Young Adult novels explore various aspects of her long-standing fascination with World War Two. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of the time period with readers of all ages.
Much to her surprise, her third novel, Drummer Girl, is strictly contemporary. But with her most recent novel, Graffiti Knight, Karen is back in historical territory, telling a post-WWII story that is set in Germany in the Soviet Zone.