Karen Marcam enjoyed a fulfilling career in IT before she chucked her professional life to write historical fiction about the characters living in her head. Now, instead of solving business problems, she is plotting ways to remedy her characters’ deepest conflicts so she can get them to a happy resolution.
Perhaps the numerous books she devoured as a child should have indicated she was meant to be a writer one day. She grew up as the fifth of seven children on a Midwestern farm complete with horses, cows, and a large garden which kept them fed in the winter. Reading was important to her entire family, and she learned at a young age the joys of getting lost in a book. The highlight of her summers was visiting the bookmobile every two weeks and dragging home as many books as they would let her take. During the school year, there was always a library book included with the textbooks she lugged home each night.
While in college, Karen realized fiction books were a great diversion from engineering classes. Escaping into fun, feel-good stories got her through the tough final year. Once out of college, she discovered more authors who helped her through a hectic life of professional, family, and volunteering activities. Over time, she has accumulated dozens of favorite writers and hundreds of books on her “keeper” shelves.
Even while Karen was discovering other great authors, she was jotting down ideas which she thought might make good stories “someday.” Eventually, she answered her muse’s persistent knocking and started writing her own stories. Her historical fiction features everyday characters dealing with momentous difficulties who persevere and overcome. Writing has meant less time for baking, gardening, and other crafts, but the immense satisfaction she receives from creating optimistic endings for interesting characters makes it all worthwhile.
Karen has completed several stories and has been a finalist in numerous writing contests. Her next goal is to obtain that momentous first sale.