Karen Oberlaender


My name is Karen. I am a linguist, translator, and technical author. I spend my time mainly in Germany and Ireland and collect my inspirations on the go.

My stories will certainly comprise some hobbies, favourite locations, animals, topics, beverages, etc. Locations do exist; pubs and/or shops might be gone; people are fictional unless stated otherwise.

+++ Spring 2023 Release: "What Happened or Why Did It Happen, Dr Mentz?" +++

My personal motto:

Don’t look back in anger!

10 statements

A typical work day begins with… black coffee and my schedule.
I lose track of time… when I am reading.
I have always… wanted to live in Ireland.
I have never… been bored.
Home means to me… being with the ones I love.
I am inspired by… almost everything.
I would like to meet… (and discuss with) the Dalai Lama.
My worst character trait… impatience.
My best character trait… open-mindedness.
The best advice I was given… keep an open mind.

Best and stay healthy & safe,

Smashwords Interview

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
There is always the word of mouth, newsletters, personal recommendations, gifted ebooks, etc.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Actually, I do. It is a short story called 'Nightmare'. A young woman has a recurrent dream...
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Karen Oberlaender online


In a Small Compass
Short stories with a paranormal streak take you on a journey to places you might already know, with co-travellers you haven't yet met.


In a Small Compass - Vol. 2
Series: In a Small Compass. Price: $1.69 USD. Words: 22,190. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: November 22, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
Fourteen contemporary short fiction and three micro-fiction stories with paranormal streaks take you on a journey to Oakville, York, Germany, Norway, Ireland, USA, and other places.
Price: $1.39 USD. Words: 10,730. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Adventure » General
Little did sheriff Jim Burrell know that taking on the case of an unpaid bill could occupy his valuable time for more than 30 minutes. In each micro-chapter (+/- 150 words) of this flash fiction series, sheriff Jim Burrell takes you along as he solves this puzzling case.
In a Small Compass - Vol. 1
Series: In a Small Compass. Price: Free! Words: 23,140. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Urban
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
15 contemporary short fiction stories with paranormal streaks take you on a journey to Boston, Dublin, Dundrum, Galway, Heidelberg, London, Munich, Nuremberg, Skerries, and other places.