Karen Morrow is a published short fiction writer, currently writing a historical fantasy novel for young adults and researching the world of Tasmania in the late 1830’s.
Karen’s interest in history, social justice and the environment is a constant source of inspiration for essays and articles that have been published in: HistoriCool children’s education magazine, Kindling Vol 1 (Writers Edit), Museums and Galleries NSW various publications, Koori Mail, Habitat Magazine, Human Rights Australia and ebook.
Two new short stories have recently been published: ‘The Warming’ was included in cli-fi anthology ‘Nothing is as it was’, published by Retreat West, UK in collaboration with Earth Day and is available now on Amazon. All profits are donated to the world’s largest environmental movement.
And a short story for children (8-12) is included in the latest edition of Short Tales (4) by Storm Cloud publishing. ‘What the storm left behind’ is inspired by a Bass Strait folk story that Karen first discovered in the family history archives of the Furneaux Museum on Flinders Island. Various versions of the giant squid tale have been retold for over a hundred years, many locals insist that it is based on truth.
Literary award short lists include: Launceston Tasmania Literary Award (2014), Shoalhaven Literary Award (2013), Cowley Literary Award (2013) and Writer’s Web Literary Award (2013).
Karen is Director of the Shoalhaven Readers’ and Writers’ Festival and is a member of the Shoalhaven Arts Board. She loves to explore and photograph the beautiful South Coast of NSW and experiment with creativity.
Short story review by Old Fashioned Paper and Ink…
“First, ‘Dear Perfect Stranger’ by Karen Morrow was my favorite fiction in the anthology. Its format is particularly unique in that the entire story is contained within a letter. Because of this, first person and second person are utilized over and over again in the story, resulting in a closeness between the character and the readers of the story. I won’t spoil the story by saying more, but know that it’s a beautiful masterpiece and well-worth it’s place in Kindling Volume II.”
Short story review by Write Note Reviews…
“Of the fiction, two stood out for me: ‘Dear Perfect Stranger’ by Karen Morrow and the tender, moving ‘Friedrich’s Goat’ by Rosalind Moran. In their own way each is a story of redemption. ‘Dear Perfect Stranger’ is a love letter to someone who is now a stranger; the line ‘Your smile cracked my heart open’ is achingly poignant.”