Meet the Author: Karen Fortunati

Karen FortunatiA New Jersey native transplanted to Connecticut, former attorney Karen Fortunati writes books for children and teens. In her spare time – after family, rescue dogs and writing – she attends graduate school at Trinity College’s American Studies program and works part time as a museum educator.

Karen’s debut, THE WEIGHT OF ZERO (Random House/Delacorte, Fall 2016), is a contemporary Young Adult novel. The story follows Cath, a teenager with bipolar disorder who is contemplating suicide, and her march towards – and struggle to recognize – better mental health, supported by a network of family, doctors, and friends.

Fun facts:

  • Favorite time/place to write: Morning at a clean desk or table at home or in car (anytime)
  • Book most recently read: BIGGIE by Derek Sullivan
  • Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: That it actually happened!
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