At University of Michigan, I studied everything except art, which I had already done at home. Since I loved languages, I learned as many as I could. I figured it would come in handy if I ever became a spy. After that, I went on to get a Master’s degree in Library Science, so I would be good at doing research. Then I moved to New York, where I met Lee, another artist, at a printmaking workshop. He’s half an inch taller than I am and he runs much faster than I do. We got married and our daughter, Nina, grew up to be an artist, too.
I’ve had lots of different jobs, including editor, book reviewer, librarian and ESL teacher. Did I ever become a spy? Perhaps. But if I did, I probably wouldn’t be allowed to tell you. Now I teach ESL to immigrants at a non-profit organization. I also make paintings of animals, which have been shown in exhibits in New York City. You can see some of my artwork and illustrations here on the Artwork page. But my main job is writing and illustrating books for children.
To find out more about Karen, visit her website!