Official website of internationally published thriller author Karen Dionne
“Karen Dionne is the new Michael Crichton.” — New York Times bestselling author David Morrell
“What a ripper of a story! I loved every page.” — New York Times bestselling author Douglas Preston
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“A terrific read!” — New York Times bestselling author James Rollins
“Fans of the late Michael Crichton will enjoy Dionne’s exciting second ecothriller . . . Crisp writing keeps the pace fast, and the tight interweaving of story lines bodes well for this author’s future efforts.” — Publishers Weekly
She is co-founder of the online writers community Backspace, and organizes the Salt Cay Writers Retreat held annually on a private island in the Bahamas. Karen is a member of the International Thriller Writers, where she served on the board of directors alongside thriller luminaries Douglas Preston, Lee Child, Steve Berry, Joseph Finder, Peter James, and R. L. Stine as Vice President, Technology.
Karen has been honored by the Michigan Humanities Council as a Humanities Scholar for her body of work as an author, writer, and as Backspace co-founder.
I’m on a ferry, the Pincoya. It’s midnight, and we’re chugging along off the coast of Chile at the nautical equivalent of a blistering 8 miles per hour. The Pincoya is a working ferry. Passengers are an afterthought. I’m in a square-ish, wood-paneled room jammed with airplane seats set so close together, there’s less leg room than a commuter jet. The cabin is bright, noisy. A wall-mounted television blares 80s Spanish-language music videos. I don’t know the words, but I recognize the hair. It’s like a party. Everyone seems to know everyone else. Everyone is speaking Spanish but me.
My Lonely Planet guidebook advises there’s no food or beverage service, so I have a large bottle of agua sin gas and some snacks for my breakfast crammed into my backpack between my feet. Breakfast, because aside from the occasional stroll on deck or a trip to the head, I’m going to spend the next 13 hours in this chair. This after an 11-hour red-eye from Detroit to Santiago the previous night. All told, it will take 33 hours to travel 7,000 miles.
My destination: Chaitén Volcano in Northern Patagonia, Chile. My purpose: researching the setting for my next novel.
Chaitén Volcano – April 23, 2009
Ten minutes of on-the-ground footage shot April 26, 2009 at Chaiten Volcano, Northern Patagonia, Chile during Karen’s research trip. Filmed and narrated by Daniel Dionne.