Media/Professional Bio

2016_Marg's weddingKarin Rita Gastreich lives in Kansas City, Missouri. Her fantasy trilogy, including Eolyn, Sword of Shadows (originally High Maga), and Daughter of Aithne, has been favorably reviewed by top editorial magazines such as Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews. In addition to The Silver Web trilogy, Karin has published short stories in Zahir, Adventures for the Average Woman, 69 Flavors of Paranoia, and World Jumping. Karin is a winner of the Women on Writing Flash Fiction Contest and a recipient of the Andrews Forest Writer’s Residency.

with-the-studentsAn ecologist by trade, Karin’s pastimes include camping, hiking, music, international travel, and flamenco dance. After completing her degrees in biology and zoology, Karin spent many years living and working in Central America before returning to the region where she grew up. She is now an Associate Professor and Chair of the Biology Department at Avila University, where she enjoys sharing her love of life and literature with all her students.

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