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Karin is represented by The McCarthy Agency, LLC.

Press Bio

Karin was born in South America, grew up in Canada, and worked in the Arctic. Her first novel WARCHILD won the 2001 Warner Aspect First Novel Contest. Both WARCHILD (2002) and her third novel CAGEBIRD (2005) were finalists for the Philip K. Dick Award. CAGEBIRD won the Prix Aurora Award in 2006 for Best Long-Form Work in English and the Spectrum Award also in 2006. Her second novel BURNDIVE debuted at #7 on the Locus Bestseller List. Her books have been translated into French, Hebrew, and Japanese, and her short stories have appeared in anthologies edited by Julie Czerneda, Nalo Hopkinson, John Joseph Adams, Jonathan Strahan and Ann VanderMeer. Her fantasy novel, THE GASLIGHT DOGS, was published through Orbit Books USA.


How did you get published?
Around the year 2000 a friend sent me the information about a contest Warner Aspect (the SF/F imprint of Warner Books at the time) was having for first novels — with Tim Powers as the judge. I was writing WARCHILD already and decided to finish it in time for the contest deadline. Over the next few months I heard through the grapevine that it was moving up in the ranks and then eventually I was told that I'd won. I was working in the Arctic at the time; that time period was all a little surreal and amazing. Everything moved pretty fast after that — fast for the publishing world. The book was published in a year and a half, in 2002. I know I'm extremely lucky, but I believe luck is opportunity meeting preparation. I had a book that I planned to shop around anyway; the contest sped up the process.

How long have you been writing?

Since I can remember being cognizant enough to put sentences together in a narrative form, on paper. Very, very early. Kindergarten or earlier. I still have those stories too. I never throw out my work. They're time capsules in my life.

How many hours do you write a day?
I'm not a quantitative person. For me it's quality and working when the time is right (unless you're under a contract and deadline of course). This doesn't mean that I write purely on inspiration. I believe you need discipline for the long haul of novel writing and waiting solely on inspiration is a road to nowhere. Sometimes I write in my mind for a day; other times, when I'm on deadline or fed up of planning/researching, I will be back and forth from my computer for 12 hours. That being said, writing isn't the only thing in my life and I believe it's healthy to get my head out of the world of it and do other things. All the things that go into a book, for me, have as much to do with my development as a person as well as the development of a plot.

How long does it take you to write a novel?
Anywhere from 3 months to a year. Honestly it depends on what kind of deadline I'm on — either self-imposed or by contract. I'm a writer that likes deadlines.


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