Karen Richards is a writer specializing in literary and women’s fiction, creative nonfiction, memoir, and poetry. She regularly contributes articles, essays, and guest posts to online and print venues. She also hosts a personal blog, the bitter & the sweet at karenrichardswriter.com. Her storytelling focuses on family life, motherhood, raising teenagers, mental health, midlife, and spirituality. She has a degree in English literature from Holy Cross, creative writing graduate work at Wesleyan University, Mills College, and UC Berkeley, and over 20 years in corporate communications as a working mother for a top Fortune 100 company. Her creative nonfiction has appeared online at Brevity, Literary Mama, Grown & Flown, This Naked Mind, Sivana East, AndBloom, National Mental Health First Aid, Resilient Writers, and others.