I was born in Canada and grew up in a log cabin in Quebec. My childhood was spent playing in the forests and messing about on the Gatineau River. It was a wonderful wild time and in many ways is the source of all of my writing. Children’s writers are an eccentric bunch. Someone once said they never grow up and in many ways, this is probably true in my case.
I have done all kinds of jobs in my life. I’ve worked in public relations and run my own publishing company. I’ve made pizzas and sung in a cabaret act and a bluegrass band. But when I am asked whether I always wanted to be a writer, I say, yes. Making up stories is something I’ve done all my life.
Karen Wallace is the author of more than ninety books, including the novel The Honourable Ratts, easy reader Detective Derek and the picture book Think of an Eel. Karen also writes for children¹s television. She lives with her husband, novelist Sam Llewellyn; two sons, Will and Martin; and two Maine Coon cats, Cougar and Dave, in England.