An Interview With Karen Perkins - A Long-Listed Novelist In Mslexia Novel Competition 2011
We recently chatted with K A Perkins (Karen) whose book Dead Reckoning was among the long listed books in Mslexia Novel Competition in 2011. She has some extraordinary good and bad experiences of life during her early age that drove her to be a great writer. She has been a national and European Ladies champion in sailing. Her talent is further proven by her association with Peter Mutanda, a world famous poet, playwright and director from South Africa.
Tell us about your childhood and schooling days.
I was very lucky to have had a 'proper' childhood. I grew up with my parents and younger sister in a small Yorkshire village – my playgrounds were fields, woods and the river. My parents were keen sailors, and we spent most weekends at the sailing club, which was a fantastic place to grow up. I learned to sail aged seven and played on the shore when not actually on the water.
My first school was the village primary – in constant threat of closure because there were only about twenty pupils. This is where I learnt to read and I can still remember being overjoyed when I was allowed to read books from the Junior's library a year early as I had read every single book in the Infant's library by the time I was six.
Later I was at Harrogate Grammar School. With over 1600 pupils it was a bit of a culture-shock!
What were your aspirations during those days?
I never knew what I wanted to do when I grew up – it hadn't occurred to me as a child that I could actually write books as well as read them.
Please tell us about your Parents, family etc.
My family is very close, although I didn't see much of my wider family. Dad's side of the family lived 500 miles away, and Mum's were in Germany, so we only saw them once a year.
What drove you towards writing?
I have always been a bookworm – Mum says I was a very easy child as I spent all my time sat in a corner with a book, but it didn't occur to me that I could actually write books until a sporting injury left me disabled.