I’m studying part time for an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Leicester whilst working on a novel for young adults. Novel writing is my passion but I’ve experimented with other forms during my MA including flash fiction and short stories and had pieces published online and in print including at Ellipsiszine, Ink Pantry, Yours magazine and in the local press.
I’ve just been taken on as a freelance writer for Story Terrace, who provide a high quality personal biography service. Family history and ancestry is a big topic at the moment, so it’s interesting to interview people and capture their story for posterity. https://storyterrace.com/en-GB/karen-rust/
I’ve also just got the good news that I’ll be working with Writing East Midlands on creative writing workshops for young people in Corby. Working with young people is inspiring and often surprising, because their ideas know no boundaries. My own two children come out with some of the best word combinations, random questions and left-field ideas, in fact my songwriter husband has ‘borrowed’ (with permission!) a couple of ideas for song titles.
My work background lies in pharmaceuticals and the charity sector where I gained management experience. I’m an organised and professional individual, good with people, logistics and admin. Whilst work certainly helped in gaining those skills, managing the house and the kids probably did more!
My hobbies include playing keyboards in an original indie band called Yodaclub, going to gigs and festivals, photography, walking my two large dogs and reading avidly.