Dr. Karin Rita Gastreich lives in Kansas City, Missouri. She is a recipient of the OZMA Award for fantasy fiction and the Andrews Forest Writer’s Residency, as well as a winner of the Women on Writing Flash Fiction Contest. Her fantasy trilogy, including Eolyn, Sword of Shadows, 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.
An ecologist by trade, Karin completed her B.S. in Biology at Rice University and her Ph.D. in Zoology at the University of Texas at Austin. She conducted field research in Costa Rica from 1991 to 2015, including 8 years running the Duke University/OTS undergraduate tropical ecology programs. In 2007, Karin accepted a faculty appointment at Avila University, returning to the greater Kansas City area where she grew up. She is now an Associate Professor and Chair of the Avila Biology Department, where she enjoys sharing her love of life and literature with all her students. Karin’s pastimes include camping, hiking, music, international travel, and flamenco dance.
Follow Karin’s adventures into fantastic worlds, both real and imagined, on krgastreich.com.