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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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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

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

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

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Jesus, and I would say hello, and then see what happens, listening and watching and using every other sense available to me as the moments passed.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Whoever is the main character in whatever best book I’m reading. For instance, right now I’m rereading The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman for the third time because I’ll soon be teaching that book, and I’m over the moon for Lyra.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. So hard.  I love to travel.  Italy is the first place that comes to mind—Rome or the coast.  New Mexico, which in some places makes me feel like I’m walking around in a Georgia O’Keefe painting.  Denmark, Croatia, Japan, Kenya, because these are places I’ve always wanted to go.  But right now I’m at home with my family, and eager for nothing more than a quiet, contented night, and a book in bed, and then restful sleep.  I’m happy to be right where I am.

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.

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