Mother of four Karen Woods uses her experiences of growing up on a Manchester council estate in her writing.
Having left school with no qualifications, Karen spent her formative years raising children and suffering domestic abuse. However a job with Manchester City Council led to a literacy course and, eventually, the desire to write a novel.
Since writing Black Tears and Broken Youth Karen has been an inspiration to thousands. Her debut novel was voted number 1 on Waterstone’s Readers reviews in April 2010.Recently featured in The Mirror and Bella magazine, Karen's third book Karen's third novel 'Northern Girls Love Gravy' saw a departure to the sun-drenched beaches of southern Spain but now Manchester's favourite author is back on familiar territory with this gripping tale of life in Harpurhey.