Karen Howie Casey is a former journalist and fiction writer. She worked for newspapers and lifestyle magazines around Australia and in Northern Ireland, and studied creative writing under award-winning author Alex Miller at Latrobe University. She has since developed a mild addiction to Australian Writers’ Centre short courses.
Karen’s first unpublished fiction manuscript, The Balaclava Men, was long listed for an Australian Vogel Literary Award. She has since completed a second contemporary fiction novel and has begun work on her third while fielding the long road to publication.
In 2018, Karen created her own children’s chapter book series to support Australian farmers. $1 from every sale of The Extraordinary, Unordinary Gum Tree and The Extraordinary Tom Fink is donated to the charity Aussie Helpers.
Karen also wrote The Misadventures of the Travelling Quirkus, a humorous memoir about her family’s jinxed road trip through central Australia.
Karen writes under the surnames Casey and Howie Casey, in honour of her father who passed away in 2012. Both Karen’s parents immigrated from Belfast, Northern Ireland, her father being the only Howie to settle in Australia. Karen grew up in Melbourne and now lives in Gippsland, Victoria, with her husband, three children, two cats, two goats and a handful of chickens.