For readers looking for award-winning writing and entirely new subjects, V M Karren offers suspense, humor, and cultural intrigue.
Karren also writes short cultural stories. In 2019 he penned an anthology of crazy-but-true short travel stories, called The Tales of a Fly-By-Night, in which he shares his own adventures living in and traveling through Europe. His love of travel and European culture later led him to write a series of short ‘cultural fiction’ stories set in various European nations. Fate and Longing in Lisbon (May 2020) is set in Portugal, and The Witch of Drontenburg (September 2020) is set in the Netherlands, and The Plucked Hen (November 2020) is set in France. The print compilation of these three stories, called Armchair Travel: Cultural Fiction for the Restless Wanderer, was released in December 2020.
Karren’s restless spirit, sense of adventure, and knowledge of Europe make him uniquely adept at bringing an exciting and often surprising view of Europe to his audience. These books have engaged and educated readers around the world (even readers of pirated copies in Russia) for the past two years, winning The Deceit of Riches international acclaim through both the ‘Next Generation Indie Book Awards’ and the ‘National Indie Excellence Awards’ in 2019.
Drawn to all things Russian as a young man, Karren went to the former Soviet Union in 1992 for language training, work and study, visiting the far corners of the former Empire, from Kiev to St. Petersburg, and Moscow to Volgograd. His travels and academic research landed him in some very precarious and dangerous situations, including a friendship with an American spy and run-ins with the FSB, which served as the inspiration for his debut novel, The Deceit of Riches. Later experiences in Romania, Ukraine, and Western Europe inspired him to write From the Rooftops, The Tales of a Fly-By-Night, Fate and Longing in Lisbon, and The Witch of Drontenburg.
Beyond Karren’s studies and work in both Europe and Russia, his career in international trade has carried him to many corners of the world, from whence he brings you a library of hilarious, eye-opening and sometimes heartbreaking stories. He currently lives in the Netherlands with his wife and children.
Read the article from Salt Lake City’s Deseret News, which covers the launch event of The Deceit of Riches HERE, wherein Karren discusses his life and inspiration.