Karen Brooks is the author of twelve books, an academic of more than twenty years' experience, a newspaper columnist and a social commentator, and has appeared regularly on national TV and radio.
Before turning to academia she was an army officer for five years, and prior to that dabbled in acting.
Karen’s first historical fiction, The Brewer’s Tale, told the story of Anneke Sheldrake, a female brewer in medieval England. Her next book , The Locksmith’s Daughter, was a Renaissance spy story. In her latest novel, The Chocolate Maker’s Wife, she rewrites women back into history in a sweeping tale of 17th Century London. Set against the backdrop of Restoration London, the plague and the Great Fire, it is a tale of cruelty, revenge, redemption, love and hope, and the sweet, sinister temptation of chocolate.
She lives in Hobart, Tasmania.