Karen Bowman was born in London and became an adoptive Essex Girl aged 10 attending school and then college near to Southend on Sea. A freelance writer she developed one article into her first book Essex Girls, researching the lives of historical Essex women both well known and undiscovered. She has followed this with Essex Boys a book equally well researched and engaging. Her third book was published in October 2015. A social historian and popular public speaker, Karen has contributed to county magazines, and genealogy publications such as Discover Your Ancestors on a wide range of subjects. Karen is a member of the Society or Women Writers and Journalists and the Historical Writers Association.