About Karen Osman
"So, you can read my official bio below but on a personal note, here's a quick snap shot of my life. It's currently a mixture of writing novels, running my own business, and looking after my two sons. I wrote The Good Mother while pregnant and looking after a toddler and I think some of this has come through in my debut novel. Motherhood is also a theme in my second book The Home and my third book, The Perfect Lie. If I do get a few hours of downtime, you will usually find me reading or at the beach or cinema depending on whether I'm in Dubai or the UK. Feel free to contact me at - I would love to hear from you."
Karen Osman is an award-winning writer and best-selling author. Following her win at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature Montegrappa Novel Writing Award 2016 with her crime-thriller novel, The Good Mother, renowned literary agent, Luigi Bonomi of LBA Books, secured a three-book deal with UK-based publishing house Head of Zeus.
Since then, The Good Mother, which was published in October 2017 and her second novel, The Home (September 2018), were both number one bestsellers. Her third book, A Perfect Lie, was published in August 2019 and she is currently working on her fourth novel.
In January 2019, Karen launched her own online show, Karen’s Bookshelf, all about books in partnership with Borders Middle East. Released weekly, each episode is available on IGTV, Facebook, Linked In, and YouTube and features an online book club, author interviews, and the latest book news.
Karen has also been a featured author at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature giving talks and workshops as well as giving writing masterclasses in partnerships with brands such as Costa. In 2019, Karen was chosen by Global Woman Magazine as one of the top 10 inspirational women making waves around the world. In 2017, Karen was included as Ahlan’s Hot 100 People, an accolade recognising the pioneers and game-changers shaping the UAE’s social and cultural landscape.
In addition to being an award-winning author, Karen founded niche communications company Travel Ink in 2011, providing content writing and strategy, public relations, social media, training, and translation services to hotels, airlines, and tourism establishments.
Karen uses her commercial experience in luxury hospitality, combined with her academic qualifications, which include a BA in Linguistics and English Language from the University of Durham and a Teaching (TEFL) Certificate from the University of Cambridge.
In her role as Managing Director, Karen oversees a team of writers, editors, and PR and social media consultants to deliver quality content for exceptional results. As a testament to its success, Travel Ink was shortlisted as a finalist for the SME Advisor Stars of Business Awards in two categories (Hospitality & Tourism and Communications) just one year after the company’s inception.
Karen has been recognised for her achievements in the areas of the written word, entrepreneurship, and luxury travel and has featured in various regional and international publications including Hello!, Stylist, Forbes, The National, Ahlan!, and Gulf News to name a few.
Karen lives in Dubai with her husband and two young sons.
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5 Most Frequently Asked Questions
Why do you write?
I write because I can’t imagine doing anything else. I’ve always written in one form or another, mainly as a journalist and copywriter, but novel writing is relatively new. It’s a different type of writing for me, which requires a lot of concentration and dedication, but the satisfaction of seeing a book come together is incredible.
Who are your favourite authors?
I’m a huge fan of historical novels so Philippa Gregory is definitely up there. I lived in Japan for a few years so I quite enjoy Japanese authors such as Haruki Murakami. Paula Hawkins, Elena Ferrante, and Mary Kubica are a few of my other favourites.
Do you ever get writer's block?
I think I have good writing days and bad writing days but with two small children, I don't have time for writer's block! To me it's important to get the words down - I can always come back and edit later.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Like most writers, people and places are a huge source of inspiration. I also draw from my own experiences. For example, when I wrote The Good Mother, I was looking after a toddler and pregnant with my second child. Motherhood is such an emotive journey and I channelled a lot of that into the book.
Do you write every day?
Yes, although I don't write during the weekend unless I'm on a tight deadline. I try and keep weekends for family time and a bit of relaxation.
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