Karen Michelle Brooks

Karen Michelle Brooks

Karen Michelle Brooks has been writing for 10 years, and has had poems, short stories and flash fiction published in various forms. Her first YA book, Emily and the Battle of the Veil, was published in 2006. The Emily series numbered among the first books to be read on the mobile platform MXit, and garnered reviews in Oprah Magazine, the Fair Lady Afro-Optimists column, local newspapers and online. Along with great reviews in YOU Magazine, Teen Magazine and Bratz, this all led up to an interview on the lifestyle TV programme Top Billing in 2007. Karen wrote the second of the series, Emily and the Sprites of Light in 2009 to great success. In 2015 Karen published, Life, The Universe and Everything Else – her journey from darkness to light. She is currently writing the third book of the Emily series, Emily and the Depths of Darkness.

 

She has a love for people, innovation and the written word.

 

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Emily and the Battle of the Veil
Emily and the Battle of the Veil Image

When a beak-faced monkey aspirates next to Emily, she realizes that she may be as mad as her Gran’s long-time companion, Mamasita, who is terrified of the African Xhosa tokoloshies.

When she meets Josh, a spiky-haired street kid who know things, she is given clues to the Shimmers, and the parallel world of Aurana. So begins Emily’s journey into worlds unknown. Emily learns that controlling her thoughts is key with the help of the Shimmer, Pugly, an oddity in his clan, and his jiggly-wiggly sidekick Elvis.

But in crossing over, Emily alerts Admonai of the Shadows, shape-shifter, ruler of the beak-faced monkey, and controller of Silenkis (who can access the world of people via his Circles of Influence,) that she has awoken.When Jessica, a newbie, joins them at school, things get more complicated; the beak-faced monkey fails his task, and so Rupert, a sometimes repentant drunkard, disowned father of Jessica and influenced by Silenkis’s Circles of Influence, is called in to assist the Shadows. Someone will die.

Crossing worlds, dealing with teenage angst and issues, questing into the unknown, Emily, her best-friend Sam, her odd Gran and companion Mamasita, along with a cast of others, retain a sense of humour, doing the best they can in a world gone awry.

Emily and the Battle of the Veil, is based in fictional towns in South Africa, cultural influences inviting the reader to explore a different external world, spiritual concepts inviting the reader to touch on internal worlds.

Emily and the Battle of the Veil stand on its own, the 2nd of the series, Emily and the Sprites of Light is published in South Africa and the 3rd in the series, Emily and the Depths of Darkness is currently being written.

Life, the Universe and Everything Else: The beginning of one Woman’s search for Life, Love and Revelation
Life, the Universe and Everything Else: The beginning of one Woman’s search for Life, Love and Revelation Image

This is the story of a woman who believed she was not good enough but came to understand that she was more than she ever thought she could be.

At the age of 10, Karen’s mother is brutally attacked and strangled in Johannesburg, South Africa. At 17, her father is given 6 months to live. Then a strange occurrence catapults her into the life she doesn’t want to live. After crashing her car one drunken night, Karen, at the tender age of 25, attends Alcoholics Anonymous for the first time.

A door opens as she starts questioning what she calls: Life, the Universe and Everything Else. Visits to a psychologist, re-reading her 12 Steps, travelling to her widowed mother and writing her epitaph, she gets her first uninterrupted view of Connectedness on New Year 2000, with a young explorer at her side. When the rats in the roof suddenly get new meaning on a visit to a psychic, and the books she reads tell her something or someone is listening, a new path opens.

Delving into the esoteric, and opening the DSM-IV: Abnormal Psychology manual to check that she’s not schizophrenic, she begins her training as a medium, fearfully negotiating new visions and meanings. Attending a Barbara Anne Brennan course she screams like a banshee, releasing all the rage from her Dad’s death, and then finds herself pregnant. More visions of dead little girls follow, along with a night fighting good and evil, until energy lights up the trees around her.

God creeps closer but it is only on seeing her Dad on the way to her Graduation ceremony that she finally accepts her new calling.

Emily and the Sprites of Light
Emily and the Sprites of Light Image

Emily has no choice but to continue helping Aurana towards Balance, after losing her friend in the Battle and having been warned that this was just the Beginning of the End, by Admonai of the Shadows.

Her Shimmers, Pugly and Elvis along with jolly long-nosed Edwina, the bookstore owner, help Emily uncover how she is responsible for the explosive events. As Emily discovers the Powers of the Imagination she is surprised to find friends in old enemies and a warrior at her side, in Gift, a newcomer to her circle at boarding school in Kingstown.

Sam, Emily best friend, vibrates more powerfully and finally meets her own creature mentor, while Sarah, their small mouse like shadow mysteriously starts hiding her actions from her friends. Danger opens her arms to Josh, the spiky-haired streetwise child who knows things, as he willingly becomes entangled in the web that is being weaved.

But it is in the desert that Emily will find her greatest teacher, !Xu the clickety-clacking San bushman, and where she will come face to face with her arch enemy, only to lose the one is is learning to love.

Karen Michelle Brooks
Emily and the Battle of the Veil Image
Emily and the Battle of the Veil
When a beak-faced monkey aspirates next to Emily, she realizes that she may be as mad as her Gran’s long-time companion, Mamasita, who is terrified of the African Xhosa tokoloshies. When she meets Josh, a spiky-haired street kid... Read More
Life, the Universe and Everything Else: The beginning of one Woman’s search for Life, Love and Revelation Image
Life, the Universe and Everything Else: The beginning of one Woman’s search for Life, Love and Revelation
This is the story of a woman who believed she was not good enough but came to understand that she was more than she ever thought she could be. At the age of 10, Karen’s mother is brutally attacked and strangled in Johannesburg, ... Read More
Emily and the Sprites of Light Image
Emily and the Sprites of Light
Emily has no choice but to continue helping Aurana towards Balance, after losing her friend in the Battle and having been warned that this was just the Beginning of the End, by Admonai of the Shadows. Her Shimmers, Pugly and Elvis... Read More