Writer Karen Campbell was born in Paisley, and raised in Glasgow. She studied English, Drama and French at Glasgow University, but joined the police force after graduation. She spent five years working for Glasgow’s ‘A’ Division, and met her husband through her training at Tulliallan Police College. She left the force after the birth of her first child, and later worked for Glasgow City Council as a media officer.
She went on to study at the Glasgow University Creative Writing Masters Degree, graduating in 2003 with an MLitt. A two-book deal with Hodder & Stoughton followed, with her first book, The Twilight Time, being published in 2008.
She still lives in Glasgow with her husband and two daughters. In 2009 she won the Best New Scottish Writer Award at the Scottish Variety Awards.