Crime pays for Gympie author Karen Foxlee

GYMPIE mum and author Karen Foxlee (pictured), 43, has taken out the Sisters in Crime's Davitt Award for Best Young Adult Book in the 14th annual awards held in Melbourne last weekend.

Karen's second novel, The Midnight Dress was also selected as an American Library Association Best Fiction for Young Adults title earlier this year.

Her most recent literary achievement is Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy, her first middle grade novel.

Karen stormed the literary world in 2006 with her highly acclaimed first novel, The Anatomy of Wings, capturing the 2008 Commonwealth Writers' Prize (Best First Book in the South East Asia and South Pacific Region); the 2008 Dobbie Encouragement Award and the 2006 Queensland Premier's Literary Award (Best emerging author).

The Midnight Dress was years in the making and was released in Australia early last year.

Judges for the Sisters in Crime's Davitt Awards found it "absorbing and mesmerising".

The awards drew a record 76 crime books this year, a far cry from the seven in competition at the inaugural awards.

Born and raised in Mount Isa, Karen came to Gympie in 2000, after her dad passed away, to be with her mum.

She lives with her daughter in inner Gympie.

Karen trained and worked as a nurse for most of her adult life and also graduated from university with a degree in creative writing.

Gympie Times

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