Karen Köhler, born in 1974 in Hamburg, studied acting at the Academy for Music and Drama in Bern. After stints at various theatres, she has been living in Hamburg again since 2008. In addition to her work as an illustrator, Köhler also writes plays and prose. Since 2013 she has been the in-house author for the children and youth theatre section at the Nationaltheater Weimar. In 2014 she published her short story collection »Wir haben Raketen geangelt« (tr. We caught rockets) and received the Young Theatre Award of Baden-Württemberg.