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Karen Dionne is the USA Today and #1 internationally bestselling author of The Marsh King’s Daughter and The Wicked Sister, both published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons in the US and in dozens of other languages. Praised by The New York Times Book Review as “subtle, brilliant, and mature,” The Marsh King’s Daughter is soon to be a major motion picture starring Ben Mendelsohn and Daisy Ridley.

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Karen Dionne I woke up in the night with the first sentences of The Marsh King's Daughter fully formed in my head: "If I told you my mother's name, you'd recognize…moreI woke up in the night with the first sentences of The Marsh King's Daughter fully formed in my head: "If I told you my mother's name, you'd recognize it right away. My mother was famous, though she never wanted to be. Hers wasn't the kind of fame anyone would wish for: Jaycee Dugard, Amanda Berry, Elizabeth Smart fame, though my mother was none of them." I wasn't dreaming about the daughter of a kidnapped girl and the man who took here; she was just there, in my head, talking to me.

Middle of the night ideas don't always look quite so shiny in the morning, but this one did, so I wrote up a few paragraphs in the character's voice with her telling more about who she was. These paragraphs are now the first pages of the novel. In the following days, she kept talking to me, and I kept writing down what she was saying, until eventually, I decided I needed to find a story for her. I've always loved fairy tales - the darker, the better - and I love books like Eowyn Ivey's The Snow Child that offer a modern take on a fairy tale, so I cracked open my childhood books to see if I could find a tale that could serve as the backbone of the story. When I discovered Hans Christian Anderson's "The Marsh King's Daughter,"about the daughter of a beautiful Egyptian princess and the evil Mark King, the fit was so perfect, I just knew I had to write this book.(less)
Karen Dionne I suppose the mystery might be why a woman who had a wonderful, happy, and utterly normal childhood writes novels about people who did not! There must…moreI suppose the mystery might be why a woman who had a wonderful, happy, and utterly normal childhood writes novels about people who did not! There must be some deep, dark psychological factor at work in that for a mystery writer to explore . . .(less)
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“when she got out of her car. Faith hadn’t realized that something was wrong until well after the music stopped. Will let her run through the story—the torn-up house, the dead man she’d found and the two that she had killed herself. When she was finished, he played it all back in his head, seeing Faith standing in the carport by the shed, going back to her car. Despite her recent medical issues, her memory seemed crystal clear now. She had called dispatch, and then she had gotten her gun. Will felt this detail picking at a spot in his brain. Faith knew that Will was home today. They had talked about it yesterday afternoon. She was complaining about having to go do computer training, and he told her he was going to wash his car and take care of the yard. Will lived 2.3 miles away from where they were sitting. He could’ve gotten here in under five minutes. But Faith hadn’t called him.”
Karin Slaughter, Fallen

“sometimes talked about your offering a place of refuge for the women here.” “Well, when she was with the vicar it was different. No one would have said anything to him. He had a regard for her, you see.” Maisie nodded. “Thank you. You’ve been most kind.” She turned to leave, but as the Paiges were about to step into the house, she looked back as if forgetting something. “Oh, one last thing, Mr. Paige. Could you tell me how much longer Miss Pramal would have had to wait until she had enough saved for her passage to Bombay?” Paige looked at Maisie for more than a few seconds before answering. “She could have sailed three months before she died, Miss Dobbs, but I think she wanted to wait for Miss Patel. She didn’t seem in a hurry to leave, even if she did feel like a mouse with a few crumbs.” Maisie left Addington Square and walked in the”
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Karen Dionne Vikas wrote: "Hi, Karen!!!! I'm sooooo excited to be back in touch!!!!!! Going to buy The Marsh King's Daughter and start reading it right away!"

Hi, Vikas! It's so exciting to see you here! I can't wait to hear what you think of the book!


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Vikas Mohan Hi, Karen!!!! I'm sooooo excited to be back in touch!!!!!! Going to buy The Marsh King's Daughter and start reading it right away!


message 5: by Beth

Beth Hi Karen,
Thanks for befriending this fellow Goodreads author!


Debbie Moorhouse Now ain't that purdy!


message 3: by Karen

Karen Dionne Thanks, Darcy!

As to your question, Ms. Squirrel, thanks to the miracle that is Amazon, anytime you like!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Freezing-Poin...


message 2: by Darcy

Darcy Mckenna Good luck with your signing in Michigan! I know you'll be fabulous!! Renee


Debbie Moorhouse So, when will Freezing Point be available in the UK? eh? eh?

:)


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