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Introducing Karen Healey

September 26, 2011

According to her synopsis in the 2011 Auckland Writers & Readers Festival booklet (in which she participated alongside David Hair – Saturday May 14), “Karen Healey is a New Zealander living in Melbourne. Her critically acclaimed 2010 debut novel, Guardian of the Dead, is a paranormal thriller heavily influenced by Maori mythology, and was a finalist for the American Library Association’s prestigious William C. Morris award. Her new novel The Shattering (Allen & Unwin, 2011) is set in a small town on the West Coast, which three teenagers discover hides dark secrets. …Karen likes World of Warcraft, baking, feminism, and movies about cheerleading.” (p13)  They later describe Guardian of the Dead as a “supernatural Maori mythology thriller… [and] one of only five books worldwide shortlisted for the prestigious 2011 William C. Morris award.” (p64)  Check out the Writers Festival website…  

Under the Allen & Unwin blurb for her second book, The Shattering, it is stated that “Karen Healey, a New Zealander living in Australia, is the author of the critically acclaimed Guardian of the Dead . She likes sundresses, researching world-ending apocalyptic scenarios, and books about lady spies. She doesn’t like library fines.” I quite like the sound of her!

She has her own website: karenhealey.com 

so I’ll add what else there is as I find it, but best place to start is probably right there!

Check out: the Allen & Unwin publishing record – and teacher reviews etc offered there…

An interview with her is available at Public Address

Storylines and Christchurch Public Libraries haven’t yet included her, but I’m sure they will when they get a chance, so check back with them…

Awards:

For Guardian of the Dead

Finalist, 2011 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards (Young Adult Fiction Category)
Finalist, 2010 Australian Shadow Awards
Shortlisted, 2010 Inky Awards

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