Hello, I’m Karen K. Hugg (pronounced “Hewg”), a writer and gardener in the Seattle area. I was born into a Polish family and raised in a very Polish neighborhood in Chicago before moving to the Pacific Northwest in 1992 after graduate school. I worked as an editor for several years, first at small print publications and then hi-tech places like Microsoft and Amazon. The highlight of that time was working and living in Paris while helping to launch Amazon.fr.
After awhile, I burned out and had to reexamine my life. This led me to horticulture school where I fell in love with the beauty (and silence) of plants. It also led me to adopting three children from Poland. Now, when not designing or maintaining gardens, I write fiction and non-fiction. When not writing or gardening, I chase my kids and pets around the house. Sometimes my husband too. You can find my work in Rooted: The Best New Arboreal Non-fiction, Women Writers Women’s Books, Minerva Rising, Hip Mama, Specs, Shifting Borders, Soul’s Road, The Broken City, Pitkin Review, Opium, Garden Rant, Northwest Garden News, and other publications.
Most recently, my piece about my daughter’s struggle with self-mutilation and her thankful growth won 2nd place in the Mothers Always Write micro-essay contest. My novel, Harvesting the Sky, was a semi-finalist in the Del Sol Press First Novel contest and is available for publication. I’m currently at work on a novel about a plant shop owner in Paris.
“If writing novels is like planting a forest, then writing short stories is more like planting a garden. The two processes complement each other, creating a complete landscape that I treasure. The green foliage of the trees casts a pleasant shade over the earth, and the wind rustles the leaves, which are sometimes dyed a brilliant gold. Meanwhile, in the garden, buds appear on the flowers, and colorful petals attract bees and butterflies, reminding us of the subtle transition from one season to the next.”
― Haruki Murakami, Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman