Karen is a novelist and playwright, and was born and raised in North Manchester. She is the author of seventeen novels, including her newest title Torn (which comes out on 1st August). She has also written six stage productions, including adaptations of some of her own novels. Karen is currently working on rehearsals for a production of Black Tears, which is on at the Middleton Arena on Saturday 2nd September.
Karen left school without any formal qualifications and didn’t start writing until she was 39 years old. She got her inspiration from attending an adult literacy course which was offered by her former employers. Karen writes from the heart and always keeps it true to life, and she writes about subjects many people can all relate too. Having lived a colourful life, she uses her own experiences as background for her books. As well as writing, Karen is also an inspirational speaker for Forever Manchester, and has been interviewed in various newspapers and magazines. Torn – her latest release – is the third book in a trilogy that began with Broken Youth (Karen’s first novel) and Black Tears.
I’ll be chatting to Karen about Torn and the new stage adaptation of Black Tears, as well as about her inspiration and life as a writer. And, of course, she’ll be sharing her selections for this week’s Apocalypse Books.
Catch us on Saturday at 2pm on 106.6FM (if you’re in the North Manchester area) or listen online (if you’re further afield).
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