Photograph courtesy of Phil Mills
Maaren is a Toronto-based writer, cartoonist, musician, and university
instructor who likes writing stuff about monsters and gets unreasonably
upset when her students abuse the common apostrophe. She was born
in British Columbia and would still like to go back there
eventually because she misses all the trees. She tells
everybody that she absolutely does not have any magical powers.
If you want to find out more about her, you should check out the
rest of this website. I mean, seriously: this page is
basically redundant. One thing it does say that all the other
pages don't is that Kari would like to apologise to the Norwegian
businesswoman who shares her name. Norwegian Kari Maaren must
deal on a daily basis with the existence of some Canadian Kari Maaren
who has comics and geeky ukulele music all over the Internet. Jeg
beklager så meget, norsk Kari Maaren.
That picture, incidentally, shows Kari playing her ukulele at FilKONtario. The fact that she is wearing a kazoo around her neck is a warning that she is either already playing "Everybody Hates Elves" or is on the verge of launching into it. Her T-shirt proclaims that she believes in Sherlock Holmes and that Moriarty was, in fact, real. That is probably more or less all you need to know about that.
In 2013, Kari was nominated for two Prix Aurora Awards (Canada's award for science-fiction and fantasy literature, art, and fan activities), one in the category "Graphic Novel" and the other in the category "Fan Filk." She won the "Fan Filk" Aurora. She was nominated again in the "Fan Music" category in 2014. She won the "Fan Music" and "Graphic Novel" categories in 2015. 2015 was also the year her first novel, The House on Grosvenor Street, was accepted for publication. It is due out in early 2017.