Karen West chooses to write on subjects that are challenging and often confronting. Published in 1993 by ABC Enterprises for a non-fiction motivational book Living with Arthritis a Text Book of Hope. Stories and articles published in magazines that include the Woman's Day and Health magazines.
In 2015: awarded the Varuna National Writers Centre Publisher Introduction Program (PIP) for the young adult fiction novel Living Voice.
Also in 2015: awarded a Varuna Residential Fellowship for 2016 for the second young adult fiction novel Breaking Silently.
Third young adult fiction novel in progress She Has the Power.