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Karen Wood


Karen Wood is the author of the Trick Star series of books for children, Jumping Fences and Rain Dance for teens, and of the five Diamond Spirit rural romance books. She has an Arts degree majoring in communications and a diploma in horticulture. She has syndicated a gardening column in several newspapers throughout Australia, has published feature articles in various magazines and has published photographs in bushwalking guides. She is married with two children, a few horses, some dogs, chooks and a very cute rabbit. She lives on a small acreage on the Central Coast, New South Wales, where she spends as much time as possible with kids and horses or at her laptop, dreaming up a new book.

Karen’s sessions are relaxed and informal, with a strong focus on student participation. Students learn about the key concept of ‘inspiration’ and how professional writers source original and creative ideas. Rather than focusing on her own work, Karen aims to inspire and stimulate young minds to create their own wonderful stories, guiding them through the process of scaffolding; orientation, complication, events and resolution.

Where were you born?

England (to Australian parents – they were just on a little holiday…).

What other jobs have you had?

I lived and worked with horses, grooming, riding and taking care of them. I am also a horticulturist and have worked with plants for many years.

What themes are recurring in your work?

I like to explore big ideas about connection to family, place, ancestors and nature through life in rural Australia.

What have been the highlights of your career?

Every contract for a new book has been a highlight. Seeing Diamond Spirit translated into French was exciting too.

Where have your works been published?

America, United Kingdom, France, New Zealand and Australia.

What are you passionate about?

True genius lies in a creative mind and an emotional heart. I like thinking outside the box and unconventional approaches. Everyone should be allowed to daydream, create, and innovate.

Haven’t I seen you before?

Probably down at the local pony club, teaching kids to ride.

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