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. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Whoever is the main character in whatever best book I’m reading. For instance, right now I’m rereading The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman for the third time because I’ll soon be teaching that book, and I’m over the moon for Lyra.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I’m a good listener. I’ve also been told time and again by others that I’m intuitive and sensitive. Sometimes these last, however, can make life a bit difficult.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Is there perfect happiness on this earth?  I don't think so—though we're granted glimpses of eternity.  For me, a deep experience of happiness comes when I'm with people I love and we are content, maybe walking by water (preferably a large and salty body of it) or sitting in comfortable chair by a fireplace (crackling with a fire made of cherry and birch wood).  Also something delicious to eat and drink—that's often a part of the experience, too.  Good conversation and companionable silence.  A great book.  Poems read aloud.  Music playing, and the quiet that comes after.

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.”

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