Caren was raised in Ohio, the oldest of four children. Much of her childhood was spent reading every book she could get her hands on, and crafting her own stories. She was influenced by a diverse array of authors, including Rumer Godden, J.R.R. Tolkien, Ursula Le Guin, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Willa Cather, and the Brontë sisters. She has lived in Virginia for over twenty-five years where she practices physical therapy, teaches anatomy and lives with her partner and their canine fur-children. She began writing creatively again several years ago. Her first novel, Looking Through Windows, won a Debut Author award from the Golden Crown Literary Society in 2009. Since then, she has published more than a dozen novels, winning multiple Rainbow Awards and a 2014 GCLS Award for In This Small Spot. She recently branched into fantasy, publishing the Goldie and Rainbow winner, The Beast That Never Was, a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, as well as the award-winning The Dragonmage Saga.
She lives in Virginia with her partner and their canine fur-children. That’s Hermione (the cute, furry one) in the photo above.
Three corgyn on a rug – the inspiration for Corgyn Publishing!
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