Karen Halvorsen Schreck

Karen Halvorsen Schreck is the author of three previous novels, Sing for Me, 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.

Books by this Author

Broken Ground
Best Fiction Sampler Ever 2016 - Howard Books
Sing for Me
The Best Fiction Sampler Ever 2014 - Howard Books

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

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

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Not fiction, but Shakespeare’s villains take the cake. Also, for me, at least, Flannery O’Conner’s.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Could I be a great painter (who doesn't have to worry too much about surviving financially) living in an exotic location surrounded by friends and family? I’ll be her.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Amazing Grace and all those many, other great hymns and spirituals. Any of Tom Waits’ ballads. “The Flower Duet” from Léo Delibes’ Lakmé. Just about all of Paolo Conte’s repertoire, and all of J.S. Bach's. A fair amount of Kate Bush.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Black beans made the Guatemalan way, served with corn tortillas, guacamole, and brown rice, please.

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