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Karen Healey (Born 1981) is a novelist from Whangarei, currently based in Ōtautahi, who specialises in YA fiction. Her debut novel, Guardians of the Dead, was published by Little Brown in 2009 to critical acclaim. In 2011, she released the supernatural thriller The Shattering, about two friends coming to terms with the deaths of their older brothers. The dystopian fantasy When We Wake (2013) proved so popular that Healey released a sequel, While We Run, the following year. Healey is currently teaching English at Burnside High School in Christchurch and writing on the weekends. Healey attended The University of Canterbury where she completed a double degree in English and Classics, followed by an Honours degree and an MA. In 2013, Karen Healey completed a Postgraduate Diploma at The New Zealand Graduate School of Education. She currently teaches English and writing at Burnside High School in Christchurch. In 2018, she published The Empress of Timbra with co-author Robyn Fleming, described as "a high fantasy adventure in an intricate world of magic and intrigue."[1]

She for a time made an academic study of feminist responses to comics, with particular reference to American superheroes.

Works[]

  • Girls Read Comics - a weekly column[2]
  • The Secret Origins of Jessica Jones[3]
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