Karen A. Wyle

Karen A. Wyle
Closest to the Fire: A Writer’s Guide to Law and Lawyers
Write about the law — and get it right!

The world of law and lawyers, with its suspense, its moral quandaries, and its ripped-from-the-headlines subject matter, provides wonderful material for fiction. This guide will help writers explore these many story possibilities — while avoiding the also-numerous pitfalls awaiting the unwary author.

Included throughout the book are ideas for stories or story elements based on the content and available for the readers’ use.
Karen A. Wyle is an award-winning appellate attorney with more than thirty years’ experience. A cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, she worked for law firms and the California Court of Appeal before establishing her solo practice in Bloomington, Indiana. Wyle has filed amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court and seven state supreme courts. She has also written and published five novels. One-quarter of her novel Division is set a near-future courtroom.

Wyle and her husband are both politics junkies. They have two wildly creative daughters and a sweet but neurotic mutt.
Self-publishing fiction and nonfiction; National Novel Writing Month; using legal plots and characters in fiction; U.S. grandparent visitation law