Karen J. Jones is the author of thirteen published books, which encompass several genres: poetry, short stories, hobbies, scientific educational fiction (faction) and Christian lifestyle.
She is based in the UK, and has lived most of her life in the picturesque county of Hampshire.
Her first memory of seeing her work 'in print' stem from her primary school days, at a tender age of about 8 years old (in the late 1960s), when one of her poems was included in the school magazine. She recalls that her dad proudly carried a copy of her poem in his jacket pocket to work for a while.
Throughout her late teens and early twenties, Karen continued to write the occasional poem, and submitted these to the local newspaper which published them. A few of these are included in her poetry collection, 'Chasing Dreams: A Collection of Poems' which she used as a 'tester book' when setting up her own publishing imprint, Baskalier Publishing, in 2009. She has received some lovely reviews for this, which has prompted her to run International poetry competitions, each on a scientific theme. The intention is to 'open doors' in the publishing world for new and aspiring poets. Two anthologies have been published so far, 'Extinction', and 'Fragile Earth'.
Her most recent work is a series of (mini) Christian books, each of which focuses on one of God's commandments; The 'Commandments' series. The latest publication is the seventh book, 'Have No False Idols', with an August 2013 release date for the paperback and Kindle eBook versions.
Karen's book list:
* Competitive Edge: Prize Winning Secrets (2007) * Greatest Guide to Winning Competitions (2011) ... a best seller in the hobby genre * Deceptive Encounters (2008) ... for teens. Forensic Science themed. * Dizzy Dandy and Other Short Stories (2010) * Chasing Dreams: A Collection of Poems (2009) * Keep the Sabbath Holy (2012) * Honour your Father & Mother (2012) * Love your Neighbour (2012) * Sole God (2012) * The Power of Prayer (2012) * Love your God (2012) * Have No False Idols (2013) There are more to follow in 2013
Anthologies : * Extinction: An Anthology of poems * Fragile Earth: An Anthology of poems
Karen regularly gives talks and makes school author visits throughout the UK.
What a fab collection!! I have many favourites, but I think the one that sticks in my mind in Blaze, in the shape of a flame. It's aesthetic is beautiful and enticing, and I think the vocabulary matches and reflects the poem's deep submerging heat so well, and the finishing rhyme 'light banishing night' closes the poem so tenderly, with its aspirate sounds linking to the gas based element described in the poem. Wonderful to read out loud!!! --Amy Neilson Smith, Actress & Poet
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The written expression and heart-felt emotions behind each of the author's poems is extraordinary. This is definitely one of the best books of poems I have ever read. Each poem paints a visual story that allows you to be engaged. I identified with many of the poems and was able to reflect on different areas in my life. One of my favorite poems is "Spring Breeze". It takes me to a place of happiness and bliss. I highly recommend this book to everyone.
The poems are very eclectic, covering a huge variety of topics, and I think the author is very brave, because there are some that are obviously (to me, anyway) very meaningful. She puts herself into the poems. I particularly liked the poem `I'll be fine', because it seems to allow acceptance of grief, and that it can be part of the healing process. The book itself is lovely, a professional quality and attractively presented paperback.
Although not a natural lover of poetry books, Chasing Dreams by Karen J. Jones grabs you from the start. The vibrant cover instantly urges you to pick the copy off the shelf and open the pages. The collection of poetry is unusual in that there appears to be something that will appeal to everyone; from nature to animals and Haiku, there really is some thought-provoking stuff in there. If I had to pick a favourite it would be Reluctant Bride, which tells the story of a marriage doomed from the start. You also get an insight into Karen's world as a writer and poet and how the ideas came about for this lovely book.