During this time she taught Creative Writing and Writing for Children at Algonquin College, the Adult High School, and various community centres in Ottawa. Her stay in Germany found her teaching creative writing classes and writing workshops with children in U.S.A. Department of Defense Schools throughout the country.
Karleen started writing for children when her own kids were young. She began with stories for pre-schoolsers, and her children grew up, so did her stories. Her children kept growing but her stories and novels have stayed pre-teen and teenage level.
She has written true stories about heroic animals that have saved their owners lives--never mind the fact that she once almost drowned saving her own very non-heroic dog's life. She has written about everyday kids with everyday problems--and also about everyday kids who encounter definitely *not* everyday problems, such as being transported back in time, or meeting unhappy ghosts.
She has written several historical novels, which came as a bit of a shock, seeing as how history was not one of her favourite subjects at school. Just a bunch of dates and dead people, she thought. Now she relishes research and devours historical novels herself when she's not writing one.
Coming this September is a complete revision and updating of one of her most popular books, WRITE NOW! This is a book for kids about how to write short stories. Originally written during her typewriter days, Karleen has brought the book up to the computer age and into cyberspace.
Karleen is married, has three grown-up children, one granddaughter and a
dog. (The non-heroic one.) She had three cats, misses them very much, and
is considering kittens.
SHADOWS ON A SWORD, The Second Book of the Crusades.
Harper/Collins Canada Ltd., 1996.
MORE ANIMAL HEROES
Scholastic Canada, 1996
Scholasic Canada, 1995.
Published in French under the title, Animaux Heros.
Harper/Collins Canada Ltd., 1994
THERE WILL BE WOLVES, The First Book of the Crusades
Harper/Collins Canada Ltd., 1992.
(The Canadian Library Association 1993 Young Adult Canadian Book Award.)
Kids Can Press, 1989.
(The Max and Greta Ebel Award, 1990: runner-up for the City of Dartmouth Award, 1990; shortlisted for the Manitoba Young Reader's Choice Award, 1992.)
Scholastic - Tab Publications Ltd., 1988.
Published in French uner the titile
Ecrire, pourquoi pas?
THE NINE DAYS QUEEN
Scholastic-TAB Publications Ltd., 1986
THE HAUNTING AT CLIFF HOUSE
Scholastic-TAB Publications Ltd., 1985
THE STONE IN THE MEADOW
Gage Educational Publishing Company, 1984.
I WISH THERE WERE UNICORNS
Gage Educational Publishing Company, 1983.
THE OTHER ELIZABETH
Gage Educational Publishing Company, 1982.(The Commcept Award, 1979)
WRONG AGAIN, ROBBIE
Scholastic-TAB Publications Ltd., 1983.
(Originally published in 1977 under the title,
A Year for Growing.)