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. She finds inspiration for her stories while at her "out in the middle of nowhere" ranch in New Mexico.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Dearborn, Michigan. I was surrounding by brilliant people, inventors, creators. How can that not rub off on a person!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was tired of wasting time and money only to be rejected by the big publishers. People enjoy the way I write, they like my paranormal stories. I wanted to get all these thoughts out of my head and into the minds of people who enjoy a good ghost story.