Karen Autio was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and grew up in nearby Nipigon on the northern shore of Lake Superior. She was a creative,
horse-loving child. Karen’s favourite books were Black Beauty, Hardy Boys, The Eagle of the Ninth, The Lantern Bearer, and the Dr.
Seuss Beginner’s Dictionary. Around the age of nine she began writing stories just so that she could illustrate them.
Karen still likes to keep company with words, whether as a writer, editor, or reader. In her writing, she wants to present authentic
settings and characters. One of the best parts of writing is when those characters become so "real" that they start directing the story!
Karen also likes to collect objects with stories, such as a wind-up watch that's older than she is and an antique desk that might have secret compartments.
She loves to travel—she's visited Finland twice!—and has explored Europe, Singapore, Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa, Namibia and many areas of North America. Karen now lives in
Kelowna, British Columbia, with Okanagan Lake and cherry orchards nearby. Between presentations to students to share her passion for researching and writing, and volunteering
as a reader for CANSCAIP's Writing for Children Competition, Karen is working on her next book.
Karen Autio is an in-depth copy editor. She has extensive expertise in raising the bar on quality and consistency of written
materials. She is passionate about producing clear and concise documents and is adept at spotting errors others miss. Her
experience includes editing educational materials in-house and book manuscripts freelance: fiction and non-fiction for
children, young adults, and adults.