Karen Karlitz

Location Santa Monica, CA
Occupation Writer/Editor
Website http://

Books by Karen Karlitz
  • by Karen Karlitz
    Karen Karlitz, 2014.
  • About Me

    Karen Karlitz spent many years as an editor/writer for various publications and as a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times. Her fiction and nonfiction has appeared in numerous literary journals, anthologies and newspapers.

    Karlitz's new novel was published by the Beacon Publishing Group (New York) March 20, 2020. Dead potheads inhabit Santa Monica apartment building in "Stoner Ghosts of Santa Monica," a humorous book about people who are dead, but party on. www.amazon.com/dp/B084H38518

    Her e-book "Baggage" is available on Amazon Kindle.(http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OMEN84A). "No Thanks," an excerpt from "Baggage," won the Jerry Jazz Musician New Short Fiction award,and is one of the most read stories of all time on fictionaut.com. Another chapter from this book, "Pursuing Happiness," was adapted for a theater performance in Syracuse, New York.

    Born and raised in New York City, Karlitz has also lived in San Diego, Brentwood, Marina del Rey, Culver City, South Florida and Montreal. She now lives in Santa Monica, California, with her husband Howard two blocks from Henry Davis (the protagonist of "Stoner Ghosts of Santa Monica") and his cohorts.

    Why do you write?

    My work is character-driven. When I come across a character who interests me (imagined, real or a combination of both), it gives me the courage to sit in front of a blank screen and discover what he/she is going to do next.

    Any favorite authors? Books?

    Richard Yates, T.C. Boyle, Alice Munro, An American Tragedy, Sister Carrie, The Good Earth, White Oleander and Paint it Black (Janet Fitch), The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald), American Pastoral (Philip Roth), Bob Dylan Chronicles, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Chaim Potok, The Last of the Just (Andre Schwarz Bart), Henry Miller, the Harry Potter series

    Karen Karlitz's Wall

    Ray Nessly – Jan 26, 2016

    Thank you so much, Karen, for your generous comment re my piece, Central Washington State On Five Dollars A Day.

    Tabatha Stirling – Dec 08, 2014

    It was a difficult, surreal night. Thank you so much for your comment x

    Robert Vaughan – Aug 24, 2011

    Welcome to Fictionaut, Karen! Enjoy!

    Beate Sigriddaughter – Aug 23, 2011

    Good to see you here!

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