Karen Wrighton

Biography

Bestselling Young Adult Author

An established British Author, Karen Wrighton is an Amazon bestselling author of books for teenagers and for adults with teenage hearts. Karen's books are a blend of everything she loves to read - tales of Magic, Mystery, and Mayhem!

Most of Karen's work falls under the broad umbrella of Speculative Fiction, a genre of fiction that involves supernatural, futuristic, or other imagined elements. This encompasses the traditional genres of Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror, Supernatural Fiction and Science Fantasy.

This eclectic genre provides Karen with the flexibility to write stories which, appear to be very different from one other, yet maintain that 'other worldly' element which characterizes her work.

Karen’s début novel ASCENSION OF THE WHYTE became an Amazon Bestseller, as did the second in the series RYTE OF PASSAGE. The Afterland Chronicles series, described as Lord of the Rings meets Harry Potter, will be completed in 2017 with the release of ICE AND FYRE, the third book in the series.

Karen’s Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopian novel, THE LAST GIRL GUIDE, also won high praise. Breaking with the current trend for ‘Zombie’ Apocalypse books, the novel has been favorably compared to similar works of speculative fiction such as ‘The Road’ and ‘The Girl With All The Gifts’.

Prior to becoming an author, Karen worked for nine years with the Norfolk Police before gaining a first degree in Bio-Psychological Sciences and later, a Masters in Psychological and Medical Sciences. Karen then taught Psychology at Local Colleges for over fifteen years before giving up teaching to write full time.

Karen has two daughters and lives in a small cottage in rural Norfolk, England with her husband John, crazy dog Jinks, and Pippin, their remarkably lazy cat.

You can find Karen at www.karenwrightonbooks.com

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Smashwords Interview

Why did you choose to write for the Young Adult audience?
When I was young there were children’s books and there were adult’s books. From a very young age I loved reading and I gobbled up Enid Blyton’s Famous Five and Secret Seven like Chinese food, I never seemed to be able to get enough. I read pretty much all of them before I even started high school. Then there was little else to read apart from the traditional oldies like Alice in Wonderland and Black Beauty. Eventually I had no choice but to make the big jump into adult literature and I began reading classics like Little Women, Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights as well as popular adult fiction such as John Wyndham’s The Day of the Triffids, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit (I loved Science fiction and fantasy even then).
In those days there was little if any literature for the ‘gap’ between children’s and adult fiction and although I was able to make the jump quite easily, many of my contemporaries did not. Finding relatively few books that included teenage protagonists with whom they could identify, many of my friends just stopped reading. Some of them never read for pleasure again.
When my own children, both keen readers, approached that age I worried that the same thing would happen to them, but it didn’t, because there was a book out there that changed all that, it was called Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Instead of my children being turned off reading, they were turned on big time, and what’s more the books managed to bridge that ‘gap’ so seamlessly that I could even share the enjoyment of the stories with them. I thought that this was WONDERFUL, which is why it was the natural choice for me to write for this audience and join the ever growing number of YA authors who are successfully continuing what J. K. Rowling started and encouraging young people not to fall through that gap into the abyss of ‘Never to pick up a book again land’. However, this is not the only reason that I chose to write for young adults, perhaps the main reason is that, quite simply, I like young people, and I also happen to love to read the books that they love to read; books that produce a tingle down your spine as you read them, books that make you feel like a child at Disney Land, books that make you really BELIEVE in the magic of make believe. I hope that my books do that, and if they do I will be one very happy storyteller.
How did writing this book affect you?
I LOVED writing this book. I feel as if I have got to know a number of interesting characters so well now that it feels like my family has expanded. I love them all and feel a sense of protection for them similar to that I feel for my children. It is going to be so hard if I ever have to kill anyone off, it will be like losing a limb. I have heard authors talk about their books being their children and I never really got it until I had one of my own…

When my book was published, I constantly worried about it… Would people like it? Would it be as good as the other books out there? Would anyone be mean about it? Would they criticize me for being a bad author? I believed that my book was the best book ever written and that anyone would be a fool not to fall instantly in love with it… Yes it really is just like being a parent!
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Videos

Ascension of the Whyte Trailer
The first book trailer for Ascension of the Whyte an exciting new epic fantasy series with a world elaborate enough to rival the great classics.

Books

The Afterland Chronicles Boxed Set (Books 1 - 3)
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 163,680. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
The Fantasy Series that every fan of Throne of Glass and Harry Potter needs to read... This three-novel boxed set follows the adventures of Rose, a girl who died, to be reborn Into a land of magic, where wizards and dragons reign. There, she is asked to lead a magical war against a being so powerful that he once obliterated an entire race. Spellbindingly romantic, magical fantasy adventure series.
Ice and Fyre
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,270. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Sacrifice your own life - or watch your people, and those you love die a horrible, painful, death? A choice Rose must make. What would you choose? Against all odds, Rose has survived El-on-ah's attacks twice. Now, though Rose's powers are growing, she is still not safe. Can she ever hope to stop Lord Ka when even the great Lord Eldwyn failed? A thrilling climax to this captivating fantasy series.
The Last Girl Guide
You set the price! Words: 41,580. Language: British English. Published: February 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales, Fiction » Fairy tales
Dark Fairy Tale Series - Book 1 Human extinction is inevitable, there's no going back.The pox spread quickly, in weeks everyone was dead; everyone except Harper McKenzie. In this post-apocalyptic world ravaged by packs of predatory dogs, can this 15-year-old autistic loner, abused for years by her alcoholic mother, survive alone? You bet she can! Read Harper's story in her Diary. CAPTIVATING!
Ryte of Passage
Series: The Afterland Chronicles. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,520. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Rose is being hunted. Her escape has taken her to the lair of an ancient and powerful witch, a woman whose fate is linked with her own in a way she could never have imagined. After uncovering a deceit of epic proportions, Rose must decide who she can trust. She has already lost one friend. Now, as she journeys through an eerie, snow-covered wasteland of dragons and Fae, can she avoid losing more?
Ascension of the Whyte
Series: The Afterland Chronicles. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 71,520. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
What if you died? What if you woke up in a land where anything seemed possible? A land of magic where wizards and dragons reigned. What if they asked you to lead a magical war against a being so powerful that he once obliterated an entire race? Would you? Rose accepts their challenge, beginning a dangerous, magical quest. It's aim - to destroy one of the greatest evils of all. “An epic fantasy

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