Karen has written novels and poetry under the pen names of Karen Hayes and Karen Nelson, which have been published by Simon & Schuster, Black Swan, and other major publishers. Some of her novels have been translated into several languages, as well as being made into audio books. A former creative writing tutor at Exeter University and at Arvon Foundation creative writing centres, Karen still leads novel-writing workshops in Cornwall.
Karen and her husband Nigel live in Devon, in the same house near Dartmoor where they raised their four children and continue to accommodate their seven delightful grandchildren as often as possible. It’s a far cry from New York, where she was born into a Ukrainian immigrant family and only learned English when she started school. It was easy compared to learning Devonian, which she still hasn’t quite mastered in nearly 50 years!