Karen is currently a school teacher in inner city London.She has a Dance Theatre degree from Laban and a M.A. in performing arts. She has also worked in the field of developing the arts within the community and believes that the arts (including writing for pleasure!) can help young people to develop.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in London and, for a time, also an industrial town just outside of London. I am used to living in a very multicultural environment, and I consider London one of the most exciting cities in the world because of the heterogeneity of its people. Other, similar, multicultural cities may suffer from pockets of ghettoisation, but London is truly a melting pot where, for the most part, cultural practices are shared and mutually respected. No city is perfect, of course, but I've experienced places where race or cultural background is a very big issue, and this has made me appreciate my home town even more.So I can't conceive of living in a place like my imaginary Eleyfa. Still, history informs us that political systems like Eleyfa's are not that far-fetched at all!
When did you first start writing?
I've always liked writing. I've always wanted to write seriously but never found the time. This book has been lying around on my computer for a good few years now!
Volatile but talented, London teenager, Aaron, distrusts most people apart from his incarcerated cousin. When he attacks a fellow pupil to defend his birth mother’s honour, his head teacher gives him a fixed-term exclusion, and his foster parents send him to a residential camp for mild delinquents close to mystical Stonehenge. Once there, inexplicably strange events start to occur.