Born and raised in central Illinois, Karen Jones Gowen attended Northern Illinois University in DeKalb and the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. She transferred to Brigham Young University, where she met her husband Bruce. She graduated from BYU with a degree in English and American Literature.
Karen and Bruce have lived in Utah, Illinois, California and Washington, currently residing in Panajachel, Guatemala. They are the parents of ten children. Not surprisingly, family relationships are a recurring theme in Karen’s writing.
Karen has written six published books, and is managing editor for WiDo Publishing™, a small literary press in Salt Lake City. WiDo publishes 12–15 books a year.
This article originally appeared on Colleen Bradley’s Writing and Wellness blog, and is reprinted here with Colleen’s permission.
I’m An All or Nothing Sort
I’m not the kind of person who can squeeze in 10 or 20 minutes here and there to write. I’m an all or nothing sort who either spends hours a day on my manuscript or not at all.
Although I’ve tried to be more balanced, it still seems to be long stretches at work or else putting it off for another day. The long stretches can be very productive for writing but definitely too much sitting.
Walking is my favorite regular exercise, and I feel best when I get out four or five times a week for about an hour. Living in Guatemala without a car, I walk to the market for what we need. This makes walking a household necessity as well as a pleasant exercise.