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 is your biggest pet peeve?

A. The way screens dominate our lives so that we can’t even look away when other people talk to us.

Q. What do you regret most?

A. I most regret my tendency toward self-consciousness. I wish I had earlier learned that it is all right, and in fact necessary, to take risks and make mistakes

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. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Yoga. And going for walks.

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