Karen Pokras writes middle grade fiction and adult contemporary fiction under the names Karen Pokras Toz and Karen Pokras. A self-proclaimed coffee-addict and lover of daisies, Karen spent fifteen years as a tax accountant, writing solely in numbers. When the voices in her head insisted she write in words, she discovered a passion for story telling. Her books have won several awards including two Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, the Grand Prize in the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards, as well as placing first for two Global E-Book Awards for Pre-Teen Literature. Karen is a member of the Society of the Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). A native of Connecticut, Karen now lives outside of Philadelphia with her family.