Karen Skinner

A love of books has always been a big part of Karen’s life. She feels that books she has loved are lifelong friends waiting to be revisited, while books left unread are like neglected friends. Writing has also been part of her life since school, and she has been a member of Hertford Writers’ Circle for 15 years.

Her first novel Gods of Outrageous Fortune had a long and difficult birth, but the events of 2020 meant that while everyone else was practising their sourdough, Karen had the time to revisit her book and finally get it finished. She went down the self-publishing route and the novel came out in 2021. This was the first of the Dodecarchy series, which will take the reader on an adventure of crime, conspiracy and travel from the UK to Greece and back again. The second in the series, The Fireflight Initiative, was published in 2022 and the third, Children of the Phoenix, is due for completion later this year.