Red dirt in my veins
Ocean at my feet
Wind in my hair
Stars in my eyes
Stories on my tongue

Author and freelance writer, currently undertaking a Masters of Creative Arts by research.

I live on the coast, south of Adelaide, on Kaurna country. I am a Martu descendant, and my grandmother’s country is in the Pilbara.

My self-published novel, When Rosa Came Home, was short-listed for a South Australian People’s Choice Award in 2015.

The draft manuscript for my next book, Where The Fruit Falls, was short-listed in the 2017 Richell Prize  and accepted into 2018 Hardcopy program (part 1 & 2), for which I was awarded the inaugural scholarship for First Nations writers. The completed manuscript has been shortlisted for the UWA 2020 Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript.

I’ve completed this manuscript, assisted by Hardcopy and a being selected to participate in Writers SA’s 2018 writer in residence program. And am currently querying literary agents and publishers.

My first children’s book will be published by Hachette late 2020. It is non fiction, vividly illustrated and aimed at 6 to 10 year olds. Title and more details to be announced soon. There will be copies available for purchase in all good bookshops and via this website.

You can also find me on

twitter @1KarenWyld

Instagram @meanderingwyld

And Patreon

Print copies of When Rosa Came Home are available for order here (Australia only)


    1. Sorry Jo, I just read your post properly. Thanks for the lovely words you said about my work. Now….I’ll get my head around the ‘rules’ and play along 🙂


      1. Cool Karen! I think your writing is the most brilliantly ‘real’ I’ve come across in years. No need to answer this one – compliments can lead to lurking under beds sometimes – I mean it though. This tagging was great fun too.


  1. Thank you for adding me to your circles on Google+. I see we have Carol Wyer in common and she is a dear friend to me and her books are just awesome. That led me to your blog and it’s quite interesting from what I’ve seen so far. You are busy!! I’m a blogger and want to get started with my serious writing and just can’t seem to get started. So much going through my head at 500 mph. lol I’ll get there. Looking forward to getting to know you and your work better.


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