Where do I start? I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love reading and writing. I was lucky enough to live around the corner from a library when I was a child and often used to devour four books a day in the school holidays. I read most things except horror – and I’m the same now – but my favourite books were the Just William stories by Richmal Compton (they used to make me laugh out loud), and The Secret Seven and Famous Five stories by Enid Blyton. I used to write my own poems and stories and had several little pieces published as a child.
I started my writing career with the teenage magazine, Jackie and spent many years writing for various children’s magazines such as Thomas the Tank Engine and Winnie the Pooh before concentrating solely on writing books. I’ve had over one hundred and twenty children’s books published by a range of publishers, including Walker, Scholastic and Harper Collins. For details of these books click here.
Now I write mainly sassy feel good romance novels. I’m thrilled to have recently signed a two book contract for romance novels with Bookouture. The first one, Snowy Nights at the Lonely Hearts Hotel was published in November and the second one, The Year of Starting Over, will be out in February 2019.
Meanwhile, The Bridesmaid’s Dilemma, my third book for Accent Press was out in June. The Cornish Hotel by the Sea. my second chicklit for Accent Press has become an International bestseller, reaching the top hundred both in the UK and Australia and number #3 and #2 in the respective Amazon Bestseller Holiday Reads. I do?… or do I? has now been published in French, with the title ‘Un Fiancé Inattendu’. In addition, Accent Press have republished my earlier romance novels, The Millionaire Plan and Never Say Forever.
I also write edgy Young Adult fiction. Click here for details.
Birmingham born and bred I spent several years living in Cornwall then Worcester but now live in Spain with my husband, Dave. I have four grown-up daughters, ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. They have all been a constant inspiration for my writing.
When I’m not writing, I like travelling, watching the ‘soaps’ and reading. Give me a good book and a box of chocolates and I think I’m in Heaven.
I’m also a writing tutor. If you’d like writing advice then click here.
Karen King is a multi-published, award-winning author of romantic novels and children’s fiction. She has had four romance novels published to date, with another one due out next April, 120 children’s books, and several short stories in women’s magazines. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, the Society of Authors and the Society of Women Writers and Journalists.
Rise of the Soul Catchers won the Reader’s Award at Chill With A Book.
The Playful Lamb was voted Best Book in pre-primary / primary category by FEPI at the New Dehli Book Fair 2016.
Perfect Summer was runner up in the Red Telephone Books YA Novel 2011 competition.
Sapphire Blue was awarded second prize in the Highlighted Authors Gold Star Cover Award.
The Millionaire Plan was nominated for the RONE Award, USA.
I Don’t Eat Toothpaste Anymore’ won the Gold Award for Best Product.
Country Companions book ‘The Birthday Surprise’ won the Practical Parenting Award.