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, historical and contemporary romance, a limited amount of fantasy, 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. Her brand, to the extent she has figured out what it might be, is "compassionate and thoughtful fiction" -- except when it isn't fiction, as in slice-of-life picture books and nonfiction about American law.

Wyle and her husband have two grown and wildly creative daughters, and still missed our sweet but neurotic dog, departed several years since.

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

Who: A Novel of the Near Future
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 87,730. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Have they changed their minds? Or have their minds been changed? Who: A Novel of the Near Future explores the implications of digital storage of the memory and personality after death and the vulnerability of such digital information.
Closest to the Fire: A Writer's Guide to Law and Lawyers
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 218,220. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Handbooks & Manuals, Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing & books
The world of law and lawyers, with its suspense, its moral quandaries, and its ripped-from-the-headlines subject matter, provides wonderful material for fiction. This guide will help writers explore these many story possibilities, while avoiding the pitfalls awaiting the unwary. Included throughout the book are ideas for stories or story elements based on the content.
Playback Effect
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 83,180. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 83,670. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
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?
Wander Home
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 76,850. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
(3.85 from 13 reviews)
Driven by the compulsion to wander, Eleanor left her beloved daughter Cassidy in her family's care -- but Cassidy and the others died before Eleanor could find her way home. Now Eleanor and her family are reunited in an afterlife well suited to confronting unfinished business. But the restlessness that shaped Eleanor's life still haunts her in death.
The Baby
Price: Free! Words: 6,990. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.20 from 5 reviews)
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. . . .