Karon Alderman has written four novels for children aged 9-13. The first, The Story Thief, was runner up in the 2010 Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Fiction Award. The second, For Keeps, came second in the Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Award 2011 and received a Northern Promise Award in 2012. Both these novels feature Arlie, a feisty, all-singing all-dancing child asylum seeker. Karon has also completed two other novels for children and is writing a novel for adults. She is not yet published.
Karon grew up on Anglesey, in North Wales and came to the North to do an English literature degree. She has been writing seriously for about five years. She now lives in Newcastle upon Tyne and works for the city council. She has four children, ranging in age from five to seventeen, which has led to her reading a wide range of children’s fiction and being qualified to write the definitive guide to the best soft play areas of the North East. She enjoys writing, gardening and reading and belongs to a long-running book group.
Karon’s children’s novels are set in the North East; however, her short stories are more wide-ranging. Her short story set in 1950s London, The Golden Fur, was published in The Journal in October 2011.