Fall Round-Up!

I have BLOG SHAME. It’s been sitting at the bottom of my To Do list all summer, hoping for a rainy day or for me to be trapped in an airport. But how can the blog compete with sun, summer ... Read More

Join me in class at Hugo House

This February and March I’m teaching a class for adult writers at Hugo House. There are still a few seats left. Join me!

Building Your Young Adult Novel

Do you feel like you’re writing without a map? Creating great scenes ... Read More

Seattle City of Literature & an Icelandic Translation


Karen with Bragi Olafsson

The Icelandic translation of my short story, Before We Go Quiet, is here.

I wrote and then read this piece at a Seattle City of Literature event at Elliott Bay Books at the end of ... Read More

Indie’s First at Local Bookstores


Karen with Indie’s First founder Sherman Alexie

November 29 was the second annual Indie’s First bookstore event. An idea hatched by Sherman Alexie and Janis Segress from Seattle’s Queen Anne Book Company, Indie’s First is a day when authors get ... Read More

Story Telling in Portland!




I’ll be telling stories this weekend in a BACKFENCEPDX event along with Matthew Dickman, Brian Finkelstein and Vin Shambray. It should be a lovely night of remembrance.... Read More

Rookie Magazine

One night last winter I went to poet Rachel Kessler’s house for a dinner party. Then a snow storm blew in forcing us to spend the night in the guest room. That was the night I discovered Rookie Magazine. ... Read More

Kevin Emerson, Jen Longo and Me at Seattle Public Library Saturday

Seattle Writes: Writing Teen Fiction

Are you working on a young adult (YA) novel? Don’t miss this panel discussion for insight from three published YA authors on the writing and publishing process. Description Seattle authors Kevin Emerson, Karen Finneyfrock and Jennifer Longo discuss writing young... Read More

Reykjavík Writing Jam with Bragi Olaffson

TOI_webpage_header_SeattleI’m writing a new short story. Here’s why that is so scary that I’m not actually working on it right now but writing this blog post instead…I don’t actually write short stories. I write poetry and novels. And, yeah, ... Read More



It’s BANNED BOOKS WEEK again and I’ve been thinking about how IDEAS CAN BE DANGEROUS.

I struggle with the question of content all the time as an author who writes from young adults. During the process of editing COURAGE: DARING ... Read More



Screen+Shot+2014-07-27+at+7.44.50+PMIt could sound braggy to say that I’m happy with critical response to my second novel STARBIRD MURPHY AND THE WORLD OUTSIDE. But the life of a writer is full of mean days, so I’m going to live ... Read More