Karen Halvorsen Schreck

Karen Halvorsen Schreck is the author of two previous novels, Dream Journal and While He Was Away. She received her doctorate in English and Creative Writing from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her short stories and articles have appeared in Literal Latté, Other Voices, Image, as well as other literary journals and magazines, and have received various awards, including a Pushcart Prize, an Illinois State Arts Council Grant, and in 2009, first prize awards for memoir and devotional magazine writing from the Evangelical Press Association. A freelance writer and frequent visiting professor of English at Wheaton College, Karen lives with her husband and two children in Wheaton, Illinois.
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Karen Halvorsen Schreck
Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Open eyes. Open hands. Open heart. Open mind.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. “And then . . . “ I have this bad habit of beginning new paragraphs with “And then.”

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. I would love to be more at fully at peace with my physical self. So I guess I would love to have been a talented dancer—as long as the art form was modern dance. Perhaps I can still find my way toward this through yoga, though. Hoping so.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I’m a good listener. I’ve also been told time and again by others that I’m intuitive and sensitive. Sometimes these last, however, can make life a bit difficult.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. My greatest fear is that I will be overcome by fear.

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