Since 2011, Karen, a former attorney, has had the good fortune to write full-time from her home in Amsterdam. “I work all day with the characters I’ve created and learned to love. If I get lucky, they sit up and tell me their stories. I work with language – no longer to convince or badger or corner – but to paint a picture.”
Her stories have been published in Jabberwock Review and Cha: An Asian Literary Journal and her novel The Dancing Girl and the Turtle was published by Linen Press in 2017. It’s the first in a planned quartet of historical novels set in Shanghai.
She’s studied with authors Lan Samantha Chang and Yiyun Li. You can read more about her and her work on her blog.
What Karen's students say +
I very much enjoyed Karen’s style of teaching. She was really approachable, very quick in sending out and replying to emails and in sharing information. I believe she has a raft of experience to share with prospective writers.
Karen has a calm, but authoritative energy. I trusted that when she said something it was well thought out, and helpful. In a few, well chosen words she manages to get a point across which will have me considering editing options for days to come.
Karen was a really great head for the workshop. I could tell that she put a lot of care into her feedback and that she really started to get a sense of who we were all specifically as writers.
Karen was great. She gave very useful information that was really personalised and I felt she took us seriously. I appreciated her calm, thorough explanations.
I think that Karen is marvelous. She is straightforward and honest and earnest.