Things about me you might need or want to know:

  • I am very excited to be publishing my first novel, The Paris Effect, with Velvet Morning Press, a fabulous boutique publishing house based in Paris, France!
  • The Paris Effect includes actual dieting rules, 33 of them. Are these my own personal dieting rules? Well, maybe you don’t need to know that much about me.
  • I am somewhat of a grammar and language nerd.
  • While I love grammar and language, I hate sun. So it’s a good thing I live in the cool and cloudy (most of the time) Pacific Northwest.
  • The catacombs scene in The Paris Effect is not based on personal experience (!), but other parts of the book are. For instance, I have been robbed and stalked in Paris, like Amy. However, I never met anyone like Margaret. Too bad…..
  • Speaking of the catacombs, everything Amy sees and experiences there is based on actual fact.
  • In 2009, I published a business book, The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl: Real-Life Career Advice You Can Actually Use (Running Press). You’ll find a ton of stuff about that here.
  • Speaking of business, I still write a weekly jobs advice column for The Seattle Times. You can check out the archives here.
  • I lived and worked in France for 3 years and speak French reasonably well. Not perfectly. There is some (not too much) French in The Paris Effect, around 50% of which is set in Paris. I have also lived in Phoenix, Arizona (where the non-Paris parts of the book are set).
  • The Paris Effect is published under K. S. R. Burns, my “fiction name.” All my non-fiction is under Karen Burns.