Introducing Karen…

Hi everyone! Lovely to ‘meet’ you all.

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(The support of my posse is invaluable!)

If you have read the introduction posts by Yanicke, Gabbie and Fiona, you will understand why I jumped at being part of this fabulous, talented and inspiring group of ladies. As you may be already aware, we met during an online writing course in 2014 and have been friends ever since.  The Posse have been with me through the highs (signing my first publishing contract) and the lows (the agonising wait for a submission response and the writing of that dreaded suck-nopsis!). I cannot begin to describe how invaluable it has been to have had their unconditional support and encouragement while navigating the winding and rocky road to publishing. *Hugs*


Shh, it’s a secret. I write under a pseudonym.

Post brief: Introduce yourself and say something about who you are and what you do.

In sitting down to write, I realise that it is only during times like this that I reflect on life and the events that have led to this point.

So, who am I? I am a wife, mother and business partner, who lives on the northern beaches of Perth, Western Australia. I became a published author in February this year when my debut novel, a steamy romantic suspense, was published through Evernight Publishing under a pseudonym.

I am an avid (compulsive) reader and to quote something my mum said recently, will read pretty much anything with two covers. If I had to choose a favourite genre, it would be the one I write in, romantic suspense.

I have an administration/accounting background and spent the first years of my career in the oil and gas industry in logistics and procurement. I wrote quality management procedure manuals for the Australian Warehouses, and was the QMS internal auditor.

In 2001 I became a partner in a swimming pool and spa business, my primary responsibility being financial and accounting. Although this is my area of experience, it doesn’t satisfy my need for a creative outlet. So after hours, I studied Chinese Metaphysics (Feng Shui, Four Pillars of Destiny and I-Ching) for ten years becoming a qualified Feng Shui specialist. I am also a NLP Life Coach, and certified in Ericksonian hypnosis, crystal healing, and aromatherapy. As you may have guessed, I have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge that will not be satisfied until I take my last breath on this earth!

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My love affair with romance begins with coffee.

And mentioned above, in February this year (2015) I became a published Author.  My debut novel, a steamy romantic suspense was published by Evernight Publishing. I am pleased to say that I have just finished writing my second novel, a romantic suspense with a paranormal twist. It is currently in edit and is scheduled for submission in May.

In the beginning I struggled to find the quality, uninterrupted time I required for me to be able to write creatively. But where there is a passion, there is a way. My debut novel was written during the hours of 4am and 6am. This was and is ‘me time’. My special time to be alone with my thoughts and imagination before the demands of two young boys and work responsibilities take over. I do not set an alarm. I don’t need to.  Passion (and strong coffee) are louder than any alarm could ever be!

So now you know everything there is to know about me.  Each of us have our own story, and I hope you will regularly check in with our site and share yours with us. If you have managed to read this far, thank you!

Please feel welcome to post your comments below. We would love to hear from you.

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3 thoughts on “Introducing Karen…

  1. Great post Karen – I learnt a lot about you! So now, our Posse introductions are complete!


  2. I love your ‘me time’ hours. I am often awake then and wonder whether I should get up and start writing. My daughter is such a light sleeper, and with the kettle so close to her, I’m not sure I could cope without coffee that early! I did entertain the idea of using a portable gas stove and boiling water next to my computer 🙂 Good luck with your first book and your next submission 🙂


  3. Trevor Pugh

    When you believe in something strongly enough our mind opens up to the realization that there is more to learn. When we team with others with the same mindset this increases our own thirst for more knowledge
    Our fear of change can stop our search for knowledge.


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