Karen Howie Casey is a journalist and fiction writer. She worked for newspapers and lifestyle magazines around Australia and overseas for 20 years, and studied creative writing under award-winning author Alex Miller at Latrobe University.
Karen’s first unpublished fiction manuscript, The Balaclava Men, was long listed for an Australian Vogel Literary Award. More recently she received a high commendation in the Bert van Bedaf Memorial Award for Best Short Story.
In 2018, Karen released the first book in a children’s chapter book series, The Extraordinary, Unordinary Gum Tree. The prequel, The Extraordinary Tom Fink, was released at the end of 2019. This book series supports Australian farmers with Karen donating $1 from every book sold to the charity organisation, Aussie Helpers. Karen is now planning the third and final installment in The Extraordinary Gum Tree Book Series.
In the adult realm, Karen wrote The Misadventures of the Travelling Quirkus, a humorous memoir about her family’s jinxed road trip through central Australia. She is now working on her second adult fiction novel while hosting author talks at libraries and schools. The Author’s Agent is now representing Karen for her new book.
Karen writes under both her married name, Casey, and her maiden name, Howie, in honour of her father who passed away in 2012. Both Karen’s parents immigrated from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her father was the only Howie to settle in Australia.