Karen A. Wyle

Biography

Karen A. Wyle was born a Connecticut Yankee, but moved every few years throughout her childhood and adolescence. After college in California, law school in Massachusetts, and a mercifully short stint in a large San Francisco law firm, she moved to Los Angeles. There she met her husband, who hates L.A. They eventually settled in Bloomington, Indiana, home of Indiana University.

Wyle has been a voracious and compulsive reader as long as she can remember. She majored in English and American Literature major at Stanford University, which suited her, although she has in recent years developed some doubts about whether studying literature is, for most people, a good preparation for enjoying it. She has been reading science fiction for several decades, but also gobbles up character-driven mysteries and historical fiction, with the occasional foray into anything from chick lit to military history.

Wyle's voice is the product of almost five decades of reading both literary and genre fiction. It is no doubt also influenced, although she hopes not fatally tainted, by her years of practicing appellate law. Her personal history has led her to focus on often-intertwined themes of family, communication, the impossibility of controlling events, and the persistence of unfinished business.

Wyle and her husband have two essentially-grown and wildly creative daughters, as well as a sweet but neurotic dog.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I vaguely recall starting to write poetry sometime around second grade. I remember more specifically a poem I wrote in third grade, which was published in the "Youth Speaks" column in the local paper. The poem offered and then (sigh) explained a simile: the days of school as peas in a pod.

I wrote my first novel at age ten, as a labor of love for my fifth grade teacher. We're talking 100 two-page chapters. In longhand (this was back in the dark ages). In pencil. My mother, who should go straight to sainthood for this alone, typed up the entire mess and put it in a binder so that I would feel "published." (That was the last novel I wrote for a very long time -- but that's another story.)
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was probably that first childhood novel, a picaresque first-person narrative about a boy and his dragon. The latter played a bizarre variety of roles in the boy's life, from pet to father figure to wild animal.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Karen A. Wyle online


Books

Playback Effect
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 81,310. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
The helmets record emotional experience for others to share. And when criminals are caught, they can be sentenced to endure the agony their victims suffered. But what else might the helmets be transmitting?
Division
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 83,670. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.50)
Conjoined twins Gordon and Johnny have never let their condition keep them from living full and fulfilling lives. Now, new technology gives them previously unimagined choices. But who gets to choose?
Reach: a Twin-Bred novel
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 85,470. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.00)
In this sequel to Twin-Bred, scientist Mara Cadell and the Twin-Bred she helped to create embark on a new and perilous journey -- except for one pair who remain on Tofarn, attempting to live in the human and Tofa communities. Meanwhile, events on Tofarn approach a crisis, in which former host mothers Laura and Veda are deeply involved.
The Library (a short story)
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Price: Free! Words: 6,560. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Rachel has few memories of love or safety. All her short life, she found refuge in reading. Now, in the afterlife, she is shown a wonderful library, where she can curl up in comfort, and lose herself in books. Can a new friend who understands her sorrow help her to leave the shelter of the library, and open herself to the people and places beyond?
The Baby - a short story
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Price: Free! Words: 6,990. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.25)
Ellie Simmons lost the love of her life, her husband Daniel. And now, two years later, baby Daniel is born -- a clone of the man she lost. But human cloning is illegal, and Ellie must be very, very careful. . . .
Twin-Bred
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Price: Free! Words: 92,350. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.25)
Can interspecies diplomacy begin in the womb? After seventy years on Tofarn, the human colonists still know almost nothing about the native Tofa. Misunderstandings breed conflict, and the conflicts are escalating. Scientist Mara Cadell’s radical proposal: that host mothers carry fraternal twins, one human and one Tofa, who might understand each other better. (The sequel, REACH, now available!)

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