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Karen at her desk


About Me

  1. My favourite things are writing, reading, and walking a very long way.
  2. I grew up reading anything and everything, even at night when I was supposed to be asleep. I spent a lot of my pocket money on new batteries for my torch so I could read under the duvet.
  3. I read almost every book in the children’s fiction section at my village library. Libraries are the most amazing places. Join one!
  4. I spent my childhood living in a country village in Kent but I’ve lived in London for most of my grown-up life.
  5. When I was growing up I wanted to be a fiction writer. I ended up being a journalist for a long time. I wasn’t very good at finding stories – I only liked the writing part.
  6. I get lots of my ideas when I’m soaking in the bath. It’s also a good way to get clean!
  7. I wear hearing aids and I can lip-read quite well.
  8. My ambition is to hike the entire coast of Great Britain (but not all at once!).
  9. I’m scared of snakes. Really, really scared. Sneaky, silent, slithery things. One of the scariest things I’ve ever done was live in a hut at a cattle station in central Australia. Every night I had to check there were no King Brown snakes in my bed before I climbed in. Urgh!
  10. I love lists!