Karen Kao writes Shanghai Noir. She is the child of Chinese immigrants who settled in the United States in the 1950's.
As a young lawyer in Washington, DC, she fell in love with a Dutchman. Karen moved with him to Amsterdam. Unfazed by a new language, culture and legal system, she launched a second career as a high-flying corporate lawyer.
In 2011, she abandoned the law for a third career: a return to her love of writing and the stories she heard as a child of Old Shanghai. She writes: "My heart belongs to Shanghai. It’s the star of my novel."
Karen is a poet, fiction writer and essayist. Her short fiction can be found in Cha: An Asian Literary Journal and Jabberwock Review. You can read her essays at femflection.com, fiftiness.com, booksbywomen.org, Authors Electric and her blog at inkstonepress.com.