"The silent home was forbidden. A silent suburban home was empty, dead and rotting away. And how does one recycle an empty suburban home that has passed its expiration date?"

Karen Hagersten writes, edits and translates freelance for customers in Sweden and the United States. Home is a college town, suburbia a morbid fascination. Karen writes historical novels. Bound in Scarlet Thread is about an orphaned girl and a powerful abbess meeting their conjoined past just as northern French barons invade Languedoc to pit their church against that of the Cathars. In Rent-a-Husband, three women in Silicon Valley start a well-needed business. A third novel in progress tells how a desperate landowner fights for his land as the National Trust is founded in Victorian England in 1895.