Karen Viggers was born in Melbourne, Australia, and grew up in the Dandenong Ranges riding horses and writing stories. She studied Veterinary Science at Melbourne University, and then worked in mixed animal practice for seven years before completing a PhD at the Australian National University, Canberra, in wildlife health from which she published numerous scientific papers. Since then she has worked on a wide range of Australian native animals in many different natural environments.
Karen writes contemporary fiction with a thread of history. She is a writer, mother, veterinarian and wife (not necessarily in that order). Her bestselling book ‘The Lightkeeper’s Wife’, published in 2011 by A&U, was inspired by her love of historical lighthouses, and her two summers in Antarctica working with seals. Her other published novel ‘The Stranding’ is set on the beautiful south coast of New South Wales. She is currently finalising her third novel which will be published early next year.