Kara Allen


Kara Allen is an emerging writer born and raised in Fremantle, Western Australia. She is a 2014 Creative Writing graduate of Edith Cowan University. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Edith Cowan University’s Creative Arts Exhibition Catalogue (2013) and Graduate Show (2014), and Applecross Senior High School’s annual poetry magazine Primo Lux. Her short story, Unverletzt, placed third in the Talus Prize competition (2014).

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing and when did you decide to become a writer?
I've been writing since I was very young. I remember enjoying the writing tasks throughout my primary school years, and being disappointed by how few there were during high school, but I didn't really decide to pursue writing until fairly recently. Out of high school, I actually went to university to do Zoology. I got through a year of it before I left, but I stayed in the animal industry for a few years after that. I worked in a pet shop, I started a shorter course in Companion Animal Services, and I applied to study Veterinary Nursing. The Vet Nurse program was completely full for the unforeseen future, and it ended up a blessing in disguise because I had to stop and think about whether I wanted to wait or if there was something else I was more passionate about.

I reapplied to go to university, this time with a Criminology degree as my first preference and Creative Writing as my second, and at the last minute I changed my mind--why not just do a course that I know will be fun and see what my options are afterwards? So, with maybe a day or two left before my preferences would get locked in, I switched Creative Writing to my first and I got offered a place a few months later. I'm in my third year now, and it's been over the last couple of years that I've come to remember just how much I love writing so I decided to really pursue it.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I read a lot--novels, stuff by friends, non-fiction, all kinds of things. There aren't many genres I won't read; if it's good, it's good! I fell in love with (ice) hockey while I was in America in 2013, so I catch NHL games when I can. I also blog, both on my personal website, and one created by a friend of mine, called Not Your Average Damsels (NYAD for short).
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Where to find Kara Allen online


Price: Free! Words: 750. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
Irmgard and Horst escaped the chaos of post-WWI Germany to settle in the safety of a town on the other side of the world. In this award winning short story, they react to the news that Adolf Hitler has come to power in their beloved home country.
Price: Free! Words: 2,790. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Life-Changers is a literary short story with a diverse cast. It is told in short scenes, all related to each other in some way, that each takes on a new point-of-view character who faces a moment that changes their life--some for the better, but some for the worse. It explores what it means to be human and all the different ways we experience the world.
Price: Free! Words: 1,450. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Written in the second person point of view, 'Always' is a creepy, contemporary answer to Nikos Kavvadias' 'A Knife'. It is you who finds the cursed knife, but, unlike the protagonist in Kavvadias' poem, no one is there to warn you about taking it home. At only 1300 words, 'Always' is an easy read for the time-poor.

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