Karen Spafford-Fitz grew up in an old limestone farmhouse near Kingston, Ontario where her early training as a writer involved reading thousands of books. It was impossible to walk across her bedroom without stubbing a toe on Anne of Green Gables, Little House on the Prairie, Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, Trixie Belden, hundreds of horse stories, and her father’s old Lone Ranger books.
Eager to read more, Karen went on to study English Language and Literature at Queen’s University. She next pursued a degree in Education and taught elementary and junior-high students for eight years. After two daughters and one move across the country, Karen began creating her own stories for children and teenagers. She is the author of two middle-grade novels, Vanish and Dog Walker (Orca Book Publishers).
When she is not writing in her Edmonton studio, Karen is often trail running with her rambunctious German shepherd, who helps Karen train for her next half marathon. Karen also enjoys visiting schools and libraries and speaking to students about the inspiration for her books, the joys and challenges of being an author, and how to craft stories from students’ interests and experiences.