Karen Emilson was born and raised in southern Ontario, the daughter of Irish immigrants on her mothe's side; and an eclectic mix of Swiss, German, and English on her father's side. She spent all her free time as a child reading books and writing stories, dreaming one day of becoming a writer. In 1982 she came to Manitoba as a young bride, settling in at the Nordheim farm in Siglunes. She started working as a rural newspaper reporter and published the Canadian Bestseller, Where Children Run in 1996 and its sequel When Memories Remain in 2001. When Lake Manitoba overflowed its banks in 2011, flooding out the farmland at Siglunes, she was inspired to finish a story started 10 years earlier about the immigrants who carved out a living there. Now she writes books full time and lives in Grunthal, Manitoba with her husband and little dog Scooter. Be Still the Water is her first novel.
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