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
Sing for Me

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

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

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. I would love to be more at fully at peace with my physical self. So I guess I would love to have been a talented dancer—as long as the art form was modern dance. Perhaps I can still find my way toward this through yoga, though. Hoping so.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. “And then . . . “ I have this bad habit of beginning new paragraphs with “And then.”

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 trait is most noticeable about you?

A. People have historically commented on my hair, but as I age, I think it’s not so much noticed. Which is fine by me. People also say I carry a kind of sadness, which inevitably makes me sad, whether I am or not. Maybe my attitude of listening? I’ve been told that, too. I’ll take that.

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