Karen was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. At the age of six her parents moved to Johannesburg. Karen and her two sisters attended schools in Johannesburg. Karen married young and, together with her husband, Evan, thoroughly enjoyed bringing up their two children, Grant and Nicola. Both children are married. Karen is now the proud granny of four wonderful grandchildren: Winita, Christopher, Stella and Grace.

Karen has always enjoyed working with young people. Her passion is to encourage them, assisting them in building up their self-confidence and social skills, thereby helping them to cope with the many complex situations, such as peer pressure and sometimes conflicting friendships that they go through.

Karen is now writing and publishing stories for young people of all ages, in the hope of encouraging and helping them to cope with the difficulties they experience.