Interview with Karen Thompson Walker

Listen now to hear New York Times bestselling author Karen Thompson Walker discuss her book The Dreamers

Walker goes into the slumbering world of The Dreamers where a sleeping sickness takes over a small 1920s college town.

Karen Thompson Walker is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel The Age of Miracles, which has been translated into twenty-seven languages and named one of the best books of the year by People,O: The Oprah Magazine, and Financial Times, among others. Born and raised in San Diego, Walker is a graduate of UCLA and the Columbia MFA program. She lives with her husband, the novelist Casey Walker, and their two daughters in Portland. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Oregon.Karen Thompson Walker is the author of the New York Timesbestselling novel The Age of Miracles, which has been translated into twenty-seven languages and named one of the best books of the year by People,O: The Oprah Magazine, and Financial Times, among others. Born and raised in San Diego, Walker is a graduate of UCLA and the Columbia MFA program. She lives with her husband, the novelist Casey Walker, and their two daughters in Portland. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Oregon.

“Editing is a primary part of my writing. . . most of my time is spent editing. . . I find that to be the most satisfying part.”

-Karen Thompson Walker

Interview Highlights

  • Karen Thompson Walker goes into the layering of ideas in creating the dreamers and the research involved in crafting a world of contagion
  • We discuss the invention of characters and the process of their unfolding over the course of writing the novel
  • Between writing novels and teaching creative writing, Karen describes her life as a writer
  • We go into what it takes to craft an identity as a writer and Karen shares some of her tips on the business side of being a published author