Karen Wallace was born in Canada and spent her childhood in rural Quebec messing about on the river and climbing trees. She came to England around the time the Beatles got famous and went to school and university in London.
Karen has written over three hundred books for children, both fiction and non-fiction, from picture books, through beginner readers to pre-teen and young adult novels.
Her first natural history picture book Think of an Eel (Walker) won awards on both sides of the Atlantic. Her first novel Raspberries on the Yantze (Simon & Schuster) set in Quebec, was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize.
Script writing uses a different a muscle but it’s still all about story telling and Karen has worked with the BBC, Aardman Animations and the Jim Henson Company among others.
“I have done all kinds of jobs. I’ve worked in public relations and run my own publishing company. I’ve made pizzas and sung cabaret and blue grass music. But when I am asked whether I always wanted to be a writer, I say, yes. Making up stories is what I have done all my life.”