About Me


I love to be outside. It’s not the best trait for a writer, but I make it work by using “research” as an excuse to travel and try new things. I’ve tried surfing, skydiving, scuba diving, stunt classes, archery, winter camping, orienteering, mountaineering, mountain biking and backpacking. I attempted a bike ramp once for BMX research, but it didn’t end well. Once I got to hit my head against the wall of a padded cell in a jail tour on a police ride-along. I didn’t actually have a character in mind for that experience; I just wanted to try it.

If you were looking for a traditional bio, here’s the executive summary: I spent my childhood in Concord, Massachusetts where I lived within walking distance of Thoreau’s hut, learned to swim in Walden Pond, and attended Alcott Elementary school. I spent my teen years in the Chicago suburbs, graduated from the University of Illinois, and then moved to Montreal where I’m currently a freelance marketing writer and novelist.

I love to read contemporary YA (shocker) and women’s fiction that’s more funny than depressing. Here’s a list of YA books I recommend.

MEDIA KIT: For more information about Shredded and answers to frequently asked questions about Karen Avivi, click here to open a pdf.

Interviews, Spotlights, and Guest Blogs:
Girls Can’t What? – Guest Post January 8, 2014
The Chronicle – Interview October 30, 2013
Sporty Girl Books – Interview August 7, 2013
Girls With Books – Author Spotlight July 12, 2013
Eat Read Rate – Guest Post July 6, 2013
Turn the Page Book Blog – Interview June 14, 2013
Examiner.com – Feature May 19
Honestly YA – Guest Post May 15, 2013
Yeah Zine – Feature May 11, 2013