Karen Young

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Karen Young


I started my working career as a secretary as I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and was unable to commit to a uni course. But life led me to where I was meant to be – working in the not-for-profit sector at the Starlight Children’s Foundation, The Smith Family and a large hospital in Brisbane. I spent fifteen wonderful years managing volunteers and delivering programs to children, teens and adults, all the time dreaming about writing a book one day. Until my mental health demanded my attention in the most inconvenient way and forced me to resign from a job I loved and ripped my creativity from me. That was back in 2016 and since then I’ve prioritised my health, moved back to Melbourne after living in Queensland for nineteen years, volunteered with goats, put together biographies for two lovely ladies, done a heap of writing courses and gotten back in touch with my creativity by writing my very first novel, which is a constant work in progress. I am where I’m meant to be.


General Fiction, Romance, YA, Short Stories

Why Do You Write?

I've loved storytelling – in all its forms – my entire life and have dreamt of writing a book since I taught myself to type as a nerdy, word-loving ten-year-old.

Have you been published before?


If yes, where have you been published?

Hunter Writers' Centre Grieve Anthology 2022

What are you currently working on?

When her ordered life in Melbourne is interrupted by the pandemic, discovering her great-great-grandmother’s memoir forces Kate to face her past. She must learn how to live a less fearful life in order to prevent her world from imploding.

What are your long term goals?

To publish the book I'm currently working on and to bring to life the other characters swirling around in my head.

What is your writing regime?

I work casually and have the privilege and luxury of time, so I usually write, research or learn something wonderfully nerdy about the world of writing, almost every day.