Karen Halvorsen Schreck‘s 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 2008, first prize awards for memoir and devotional magazine writing from the Evangelical Press Association.
Karen’s latest historical novel, Broken Ground, released from Simon & Schuster/Howard Books in May, 2016. Her recently published historical novel, Sing for Me, was called by Publisher’s Weekly in a Starred Review: “impressive…a well-wrought and edifying page-turner.” Karen’s Young Adult novel, While He Was Away (Sourcebooks), was a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award. She’s also the author of Dream Journal (Hyperion), which was a 2006 Young Adult BookSense Pick, and the award-winning children’s book Lucy’s Family Tree (Tilbury House).
Karen received her doctorate in English and Creative Writing from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She works as a freelance writer and editor, teaches writing and literature, and lives with her husband, the photographer Greg Halvorsen Schreck, and their two children in Wheaton, Illinois.
The following is a May 2016 interview with Karen Halvorsen Schreck.
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