Karen Henderson is my real name, The Scribe is my online name (which I don’t seem to use much any more) and Karen Lee Field is my pen name. I mainly write fantasy stories for 9-12 year olds, young adults and adults. I’ve dabbled in other genres as well as non-fiction, but nothing worthy of publication has come out of that dabbling to date. Occasionally, I will write a short story, but this type of writing isn’t a priority to me. As weird as it might sound, I find short stories harder to write than novel length manuscripts. You can follow my progress by going to the Works in Progress page (I’ll try to keep in as up-to-date as possible).
In July 2008 I was involved in publishing an anthology – Speculative Realms: Where there’s a will, there’s a way. My story “Where Strength Lies” is included and I hope you’ll support my writing by purchasing a copy of the book/ebook. Find out more…
On 1 September 2010 I set up Kayelle Press, a small publishing company. I intend to share my experiences on this blog regarding setting up a small press — the woes and the satisfaction achieved. I’ve decided not to rush things because that’s when stress sets in. I’ll move steadily along the indie publishing path until I’m where I want to be. That’s my plan for the future and I hope you’ll come back regularly to witness the journey. (The publishing company was closed on 31 December 2015 due to having to become a primary carer for my mother, who has Alzheimer’s.)
There is more to life than writing I’m told, so there has to be other things that I’m interested in. Hmmm! The best I can do is tell you that I love researching Medieval times and Ancient Egypt. When I’m away from the computer I enjoy reading. My all time favourite book is Illusion by Paula Volsky, followed closely by Doomsday Book by Connie Willis. Although I do read a lot of fantasy, I also enjoy a good murder mystery; a touch of horror/thriller now and again; and even a sloppy romance when the mood takes me. I’ve also become addicted to scrapbooking and knitting. Both are a great way to relax.
Born in London, England, I moved with my parents to Sydney, Australia in 1969. I lived on the south coast of NSW for about 10 years in the 1990s, and enjoyed the outdoor life during that time prior to moving back to Sydney. In 2009 I relocated to the beautiful Blue Mountains and commuted to work every day. At the end of 2010 I got a part-time job close to home working for the Australian Government, which pays the bills and allows me to pursue my writing career. I live with my family, a sharp-toothed puppy (we still call him a puppy when technically he no longer is) and
two much loved cats one much loved cat.
In June 2014 my father passed away from lung cancer and I took up the position of primary carer for my mother, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease. Life has changed a lot during this time, and I have less time to surf the net, write books, or pretty much do anything I truly enjoy these days. But in 2016 I intend to fix things and I want to dedicate one hour a day to writing, to get things moving again. Keep your fingers crossed for me in this department.
Born within the sound of the Bow bells in London, Karen Lee Field was seven when her parents decided to move to the “Lucky Country” and settle in Sydney, Australia. Apart from enjoying time with her family and pets, Karen loves escaping to fantasy worlds — places where her sometimes ordinary life is transformed into an exciting adventure and her imagination is set free. Her debut children’s novel, Cat’s Eyes, was published in 2010 and was later released with the title, The Land of Miu, in November 2011. Her short stories appear in several anthologies. She currently lives west of Sydney, at the base of the beautiful Blue Mountains.
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Last updated on 21 December 2015