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Karen Dionne is the international bestselling author of the dark psychological suspense novel The Marsh King’s Daughter published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons in the US and in 25 other countries.

Karen is co-founder of the online writers community Backspace, and organizes the Salt Cay Writers Retreat held every other year on a private island in the Bahamas. She is a member of the International Thriller Writers, where she served on the board of directors as Vice President, Technology.

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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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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 Kochhar 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!


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


Debbie Moorhouse Now ain't that purdy!


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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...


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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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