Born Karen Dale Stefaniak, and raised in Dearborn, Michigan, Karen had the opportunity to circumnavigate the globe by the ripe old age of 17. She experienced the treasures of the world first hand on her trips to many continents and countries by the age of 21. She then graduated with a BFA from Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she majored in Advertising.
Since moving to Arizona in 1978, Karen has worn a variety of hats, utilizing her many talents in the areas of design, writing and teaching. While working for a variety of small companies and large corporations she was responsible for creating technical drawings, writing technical manuals and advertising copy. She has designed thousands of small format layouts and her illustrations have been used in brochures, on packaging and in trade show displays.
Karen also enjoyed the several years she spent teaching a variety of art classes and photography to children and adults. Being blessed with equal left and right brain abilities, in addition to her visual arts, she has also enjoyed writing since her youth. The extremely determined Trask published her first suspense novel in 1997, and continues to create and publish manuscripts for screenplays, novels, children’s stories, and stage plays.
on Aug. 02, 2014 :
My attention was drawn to this short essay/plea for understanding for two reasons. Firstly, I have been reading since before I went to school in the early seventies and somehow I get 'kicked out' of the 'reading zone' when I come across spelling mistakes, grammatical errors and some typos. Secondly, I have never felt sure if authors really want to hear about it.
This was therefore the answer to much of what I wonder when I come across some glitches. As a reader I have noticed that printed books are now full of typos, repeated lines, paragraphs and even pages so I totally understand that much of the errors are outside an author's control. I hadn't taken into account spell-checkers being so problematic though.
As a Brit, I have trained myself not to break out of a story because colour is spelt color etc. So, over the past year since I got my ereader, I have also tried to do the same with common typos (ie if all the letters are there but in the wrong order) but I still find it difficult to get lost in a story when words are missing from sentences, especially verbs, or the author does not seem to know the difference between there, their or they're or just plain cannot spell or use capitals appropriately. Having said that, like your proof readers, if the story is gripping enough, all is forgiven and much is not noticed.
To answer Karen Dale's query as to why readers do not come back to read a second book, on a personal level I have many books to read and confess to having no spare money at present so I will often read the first of a series but be unable to continue. Other times, my attention is caught by other authors or genres and I 'forget' to check for new books from an author I have previously enjoyed. I usually finish books I have started to read but when I do not, it is usually because the grammar makes it difficult to work out the plot. Bad spelling tends to detract from my enjoyment, especially if I have to work out what word was intended.
I promise, from now on to be more forgiving of errors in books I choose but also to let authors know the specifics of spelling mistakes etc personally, rather than making a general note of my impressions in a review, if at all.
(review of free book)