Karen Marcam had a fulfilling career in IT before she chucked her professional life to write about the characters living in her head. Now, instead of solving business problems, she’s plotting ways to solve her hero and heroine’s deepest conflicts so she can get them to happily-ever-after.
Perhaps all of the books she devoured as a child should have been a clue she would be a writer one day. She grew up 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 early on 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 different library book stacked on top of the text books she carried home each night.
While in college, Karen discovered romance novels were a great break from engineering classes. Kathleen Woodiwiss and a friend's box of Harlequins got her through the tough final year. Once out of college, she discovered more romance authors who helped her through a hectic life of professional, family, and volunteering duties. Over time, she has accumulated dozens of authors and hundreds of books on her “keeper” shelves.
Even while Karen was reading other great authors, she was jotting down her own ideas which she thought might make good stories “some day.” Eventually, she answered her muse’s persistent knocking and started writing her own stories. It 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 finaled in numerous writing contests, most notably the Golden Heart® in 2016. Karen is currently pursuing that momentous first sale.