Friday, September 18, 1998

M.K. Wren

M.K. WREN arrived in Oregon in 1963 and tried to make her living as a painter. Her training, from the age of 10, was in art and her degree from the University of Oklahoma is a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She studied professional writing at Oklahoma, but it wasn’t until 1970 that she decided to get serious about writing.

She began with a mystery novel, Curiosity Didn’t Kill The Cat, published in hardbound in 1973 by Doubleday, the first publisher she sent it to. The book marked the debut of Conan Joseph Flagg, Oregon’s first resident series-character detective. Doubleday went on to published five more Conan Flagg mysteries which all became Detective Book Club selections, reprinted by Ballantine Books. Ballantine also published her seventh Conan Flagg mystery, Dead Matter, and her eighth, King of the Mountain. Berkley published Wren’s three-volume, 500,000-word science fiction novel, The Phoenix Legacy as a paperback original.

M.K. has taught writing classes accredited by Linn-Benton Community College, conducted workshops and served on panels at Willamette Writers summer conferences, Oregon Science Fiction Conventions, Writers of the Pacific Northwest and Oregon Writers Colony conferences, the Yachats Literary Festival, Portland State University/Salem campus, at Portland State University’s "Haystack" Summer Sessions at Cannon Beach, and at Sitka Center for Art & Ecology.

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