Words That Bring Worlds To Life
Author of several fiction series that span a wide variety of genres, Kara has always had an thirst for adventure and a vivid imagination.
She was honored to be awarded the Most Promising Teen Writer Award 2015 at the Mount Hermon Christian Writer’s Conference.
Having published several magazine articles, including one in the Encounter magazine, and a short fiction devotional in the 21 Days Of Joy: Stories that Celebrate Moms compilation, Kara continues to sharpen her craft through freelance writing, while several publishers consider her full-length novels. At 17, Kara also independently published a fantasy novel titled, PEARL OF MERLYDIA (Buy Here) and keeps herself busy through a colorful array of book signings and speaking engagements.
I was raised in the jungles of Papua New Guinea—located above Australia (yeah, way up there!) as the daughter of missionary parents. My earliest memories are of swimming in crystal-clear rivers, or climbing palm trees with ebony-skinned children.
As the only English-speaking girl my age in the tribe, I quickly found that my best friends consisted of ink and paper. I devoured every book I could find—sometimes reading a series as many as seven times in a row. My stack of Anne of Green Gables novels leaned against the well-worn covers of my Chronicles of Narnia collection–both inspiring my fiction and faith.
I cannot say for certain when I began to write, but after falling in love with reading, it seemed the most natural thing in the world. My addiction to the written word quickly became more than just a pastime—it became my passion. I spent hours alone in my room, letting my fingers fly across a faded keyboard, bringing characters and worlds to life long before anyone had read even a strand of my prose.
At seventeen, I was able to finally hold my own book in my hands. A year prior, I had meet Charis—a young woman who was a kindred spirit. She also loved to write and together we co-authored and independently published a little fantasy novel about mermaids and pirates called PEARL OF MERLYDIA.
My writing journey has only continued to grow since then, as I’ve seen the Author of my Life open doors and guide me through opportunities I could never have expected.
I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease last year—three short months before I was to start college, pursuing a degree in journalism. While this sickness has slammed my life to a hold, it has also been an unexpected blessing. Constantly feeling fatigued and in pain has forced me to put aside the activities I would normally do, and instead focus mostly on my writing.
When I’m not chatting with my imaginary characters or creating far too complex plots, I enjoy blogging about my journey with Lyme, watching Marvel movies, playing with my two Husky puppies, counseling at the camp for abused kids where my family works, or reading when I have a spare moment.