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Karien has always had a passion for fairy tales, dragons, witches and all types of mystical and fantastic beings. She also loves to sketch and combined this with her huge appetite for the mystery and fantasy of fairytales.

Inspired by authors such as Tolkien, CS Lewis and JK Rowling and illustrators such as Chris Riddell she took an interest in illustrations for children. She does most of her work on her beloved iPad.

For the past 11 years, she has done work for MacMillan, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Maskew Miller Longman Publishers and Heinemann Publishers.