Karen Little trained as a dancer at London Contemporary Dance School, and as a Fine Artist at Camberwell School of Art, London. She has performed and exhibited internationally.
In 2004 she moved from London to Spain and lived there for six years, regularly exhibiting her art work. She moved to Manchester, England in 2010 and finding a lively poetry scene, got caught up in writing.
Determined that mental health problems wouldn’t prevent her from reaching her potential as a writer, she risks everything in her work, however difficult it may be to maintain focus through the desperate lows that succeed confidence and creativity. Much of her writing explores battles; daily battles to separate what is 'real' from what is 'imagined,' right up to wars that are always taking place somewhere in the world, affecting us whether we attempt to distance ourselves from them or not.
Influenced by her art training, where sculpture requires precision, having to find the right tool to make an exact mark in the right place. Karen little attempts this precision, this cutting away “waste” to get to the core, in her writing.
Her poems and short stories have recently been published in over fifty magazines and anthologies. Her first novella, 'Filled with Ghosts' was published in December 2015, and was shortlisted for the novella Saboteur Award. Set in 90's Southern Spain, it has been described as 'Visceral, surreal, and utterly compelling. This is a writer who finds a strange beauty in the darkest of places.' Her poetry pamphlet 'Tentacles', ten Poems, ten Illustrations, was published in June 2016. 'Ghost Train Leaving' and Ghosts treading Water' both released in 2017 complete the Spanish Spectres trilogy.
The Spanish Spectres Series: Filled With Ghosts, Ghost Train Leaving, and Ghosts Treading Water.