Karen Halvorsen Schreck

Karen Halvorsen Schreck is the author of three previous novels, Sing for Me, 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.

Books by this Author

Broken Ground
Best Fiction Sampler Ever 2016 - Howard Books
Sing for Me
The Best Fiction Sampler Ever 2014 - Howard Books

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

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

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. My two children. That’s what my first response is. And then a host of brave folks floods my thoughts, including Malala Yousafzai, and the others like her, unknown to the larger world, who are committed to peace and the education of women. But then I think of people living with illness and pain, people living on the streets, and people who appear to be keeping it perfectly together every day, and I wonder at how each and every one of us is someone to be deeply admired. Plato’s familiar adage, right? “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. I don't really identify with anyone specifically, as much as admire and learn from people who've gone before. Hildegard of Bingen, Emily Dickinson, Anne Frank, Rosa Parks, Flannery O'Conner are individuals who immediately come to mind. But there are so many more.

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. 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.

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