Skip to main content

Irving, Karen D. 1957-

IRVING, Karen D. 1957-


Born October 2, 1957, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; daughter of Gordon (a master mariner) and Shirley (a securities officer; maiden name, Boyer) Irving; married Mitchell Beer (a conference publisher), April 27, 1984; children: Adrian Peter, Rachel Leah. Ethnicity: "Canadian." Education: Carleton University, B.A., 1986, M.S.W., 1988. Religion: Jewish.


Agent—Pamela Paul, Pamela Paul Agency, 12 Westrose Ave., Toronto, Ontario, Canada M8X 2A1. E-mail—[email protected]


The Well, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, social worker, 1988; Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, social worker for university health service, 1990-99; writer, 1999—. InfoLink Consultants, Inc., editor for health and social issues, 1988-93.


Pluto Rising: A Katy Klein Mystery, Polestar Books, 1999.

Jupiter's Daughter: A Katy Klein Mystery, Polestar Books, 2000.

Mars Eclipsed: A Katy Klein Mystery, Polestar Books, 2001.


Venus Wept: A Katy Klein Mystery.


Karen D. Irving told CA: "I write about what interests me, and what most fascinates me is the human mind and its workings. My background in social work shapes my writing, as I delve into the motivations and urges that help create human behavior. My lifelong interest in astrology has helped create a backdrop of myth and symbol, a language of psychology, if you will, that enables the characters in the 'Katy Klein' series to play out their lives more fully and realistically."



Herizons, winter, 2002, Karen X. Tulchinsky, review of Pluto Rising: A Katy Klein Mystery, p. 34.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Irving, Karen D. 1957-." Contemporary Authors. . 15 Sep. 2019 <>.

"Irving, Karen D. 1957-." Contemporary Authors. . (September 15, 2019).

"Irving, Karen D. 1957-." Contemporary Authors. . Retrieved September 15, 2019 from

Learn more about citation styles

Citation styles gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:

Modern Language Association

The Chicago Manual of Style

American Psychological Association

  • Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
  • In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.