• Karen Windness is a writer-illustrator and joined the PAL club in 2014 as an author in the middle grade market. Karen studied illustration with a children’s book focus at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design (RMCAD) where she was a valedictorian graduate in 2002.

    She has been an active member of SCBWI for over fourteen years, and met her writer-husband, Steve Windness, at the Fall 2002 RMC-SCBWI conference. Karen and Steve have collaborated on two major projects: their sons, Finley and Max and are working on a couple new babies in the form of books. Karen now gives back to the SCBWI community as the Rocky Mountain Chapter Illustrator Coordinator. She is passionate about helping others succeed, and believes education is key. She also teaches illustration at her alma mater.

    To see more of Karen’s work, please visit windnessbooks.com.


  • Humor and quirk is my specialty. I love all things peculiar and celebrate oddballs, underdogs, and weirdos. I am one, after all! I knew I wanted to be an author and illustrator for as long as I can remember. Where the Wild Things Are ignited my passion for children’s books and I haven’t looked back. I’ve been published as a picture book illustrator and as a middle grade writer, and my newest projects combine both my writing and illustrating passions.