For the April meeting, we are thrilled to welcome Karen Turner as our guest presenter. She will be talking about the role of research in historical fiction as well as general writing tips, and will be available to answer questions.
Karen, born in Australia to an English mother and Italian father, discovered a passion for historical fiction after twenty years in the financial services industry.
As an escape from corporate writing, Karen began writing short stories and, in 2009, published her first collection All That and Everything. Many of the short stories won awards, including the Society of Women Writers Victoria, Biennial Literary Award and the Free XpresSion Literary Award.
Her first novel, Torn, was followed by its sequel, Inviolate.
Karen’s latest, Stormbird, was written as the final instalment in the Torn series, but can also be read independently. Shortlisted for a national award, Stormbird was published by FisherKing Publishing, UK.
Karen is currently working on her next book, Fever, set in the Victorian goldfields.
Additionally, Karen writes for several financial magazines, speaks at public events and facilitates writing workshops.
She lives in Victoria’s Riverina region with husband Stuart and rescue cats Katie and Panda.
In her spare time, Karen volunteers at an animal shelter, enjoys running and drinks too much coffee.
Where: Bunch of Grapes, 401 Pleasant St South, Ballarat
When: 7pm, 28 April, 2021
Please feel free to arrive from 6.30pm for a meal and general socialising before the meeting.