Kari grew up surrounded by books and sisters, and as the oldest, would make her younger sisters act out fairytale plays in the basement, charging family members for admission.

Thinking she wanted to be an English professor, she gobbled up English literature in her hometown of Edmonton and in Surrey, England, before getting an MA in English and Creative Writing from the University of New Brunswick.

In 2009, while interning at a children’s publisher with a new dream of becoming an editor, Kari began co-writing a children’s novel with her sister Brit. Margaret and the Moth Tree was published without either sister attempting to strangle the other, and also won the 2013 Ontario Library Association kids’ choice award for middle grade fiction.

Kari now writes from her home in Toronto, which she shares with her husband, her two young children, and two slightly demented cats.

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Some of her favourite books