Karen Dionne is the USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of The Marsh King’s Daughter, a psychological suspense novel set in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula wilderness published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons in the U.S. and in 25 other languages, and The Wicked Sister (August 2020), also from G.P. Putnam’s Sons.
The Marsh King’s Daughter was named a 2018 Michigan Notable Book, took home the Barry and the Crimson Scribe Awards for Best Novel, and was chosen as one of the best books of 2017 by many booksellers and reviewers. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly calls The Wicked Sister “A devastating, magic realism–dusted psychological thriller . . . Dionne paints a haunting portrait of a family hurtling toward the tragic destiny they can foresee but are powerless to stop,” selecting it as one of the best books of the year.
Karen has been active in the writing community for over twenty years. She co-founded the online writers community Backspace, organized the Backspace Writers Conferences in New York and the Salt Cay, Bahamas Writers Retreat, and served on the board of directors of the International Thriller Writers.
She enjoys nature photography and lives with her husband on a private lake surrounded by forest at an undisclosed location in the middle of Michigan, where she spends far too many hours exploring the natural world when she should be writing.
Curious how Karen got the idea for THE MARSH KING’S DAUGHTER?
Here’s one of her favorite radio interviews in which she explains how the story came to be. Karen has also written about her homesteading experiences in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula which inform the novel. Check out this piece in YOU Magazine (with pictures!) to learn more.