Karen Thrower read the anthology’s Call for Submissions on Facebook and recalls thinking — What a nice thing to do for people who think they can’t read anymore! Everyone should be able to experience the joy of reading and bringing that back for those who gave up on reading due to their memory issues, was something I wanted to do.
A life-long writer, Karen only recently began submitting stories for publication. She typically writes horror and fantasy so she challenged herself with writing something that was “family friendly, short and something that could evoke emotion in the reader.”
In Bingo!, she spins a story about a young man who discovers an old airplane model kit that he and his father started when he was a boy. He remembers thinking they’ll finish it later, but they never do. After his dad passes, he’s going through his things in his garage and finds this box and decides to finish the plane. Though the story itself isn’t fantasy, her writing process seems to be. She describes writing her piece as if she “was standing behind this young man and watching him build this old plane and smelling the glue he was using.”
Karen, a native Oklahoman, wife, and mother to a rambunctious four-year old, currently serves as the president of the Oklahoma Science Fiction, a writing group in which she’s been a member for four years. Early this morning, News Anchor, LeAnne Taylor, interviewed Karen on the News On 6. Click here to watch her interview!
Karen’s been busy since she first started submitting stories. In recent weeks, the Siren’s Call Ezine, Issue #37, published her story, New Pet, an accomplishment she’s especially proud of achieving since the issue is an all-women horror issue. “It’s awesome to be included in such a group of outstanding women writers,” Karen says. She also has a new short story, The Lost Ones, coming out in the anthology, Secret Stairs. The editors received more submissions for this anthology than all their other anthologies combined.
If you’d like to read the rest of her story, here’s the link to the anthology: bit.ly/READFLASH
And if you want to read more of Karen’s writing, check out her Amazon Author’s page.
Thank you, Karen, for taping into your fantasy and sending us Bingo!