Karen (KA) Liddiard writes contemporary thrillers with a futurist tweak, a twist of adventure and a dash of romance, because who doesn’t need time out in between saving the world? Like Michael Crichton weaving a great adventure after extracting DNA trapped in amber, Karen teases scientific possibility into intriguing encounters with current reality. Her debut series, The Alexa Chronicles, is a page-turning escape that explores the ultimate life do-over with the classic be careful what you wish for twist!
While she lacks the fighting skills and fitness of her feisty heroines; Karen has survived teaching angst-ridden teenagers how to read and write proper-like; the epic pettiness (and sharp knives) of corporate politics and the moral ambivalence of selling business software that almost works but no-one will use. She enjoys launching fast cars down a freeway and on weekends she’ll sling an SUV through dust, dirt and ruts to get to the perfect Aussie outback campfire destination to enjoy with her partner and their bark-aholic fur-kid.
As a reader, I delight in stories that take me on an adventure with characters who I want to call my friends. I rejoice when villains get their just desserts as their wicked plots are defeated. Because I’m a glutton for entertaining writing; I read across many genres and enjoy a sweeping historical romance, an epic fantasy or nail-biting thriller; liberally salted with some sci-fi, comedy and crime.
But I am always intrigued by the near possible; the scientific breakthroughs that nudge us towards one of many potential futures. And so, the science and the technology of my stories provide an intriguing background of “what if this was already possible?”
Above all else, it is the adventure of the characters who inhabit my imagination and demand I share their stories that is important. I hope you will enjoy meeting my characters as much as I have revelled in creating them. And if you find they are fast becoming your favorite new imaginary friends then you’ll be pleased to know that their adventures continue beyond just one book.