Praise for Homing Instincts:

“In Karen Guzman’s pitch perfect debut novel, the past holds Seth prisoner with exquisite power, keeping him frozen in time. Yet he may not be the only one. This is a splendid book.” — Jacqueline Sheehan, New York Times Bestselling author of Lost & Found and other nove

“Karen Guzman’s eye for detail and ear for the truth take us on a journey of redemption as Seth gingerly tests a new relationship and tries to put his troubled past into perspective. Homing Instincts wraps a complex contemporary tale in lyrical language and astute insights.” — Susan Schoenberger, author of A Watershed Year and The Virtues of Oxygen.

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Karen Guzman

My debut novel, Homing Instincts, was published on November 4, 2014, by Fiction Attic Press.

From the publisher:

“A story of loss, change and transcendence, Homing Instincts follows Seth Hingham, a young wildlife biologist, as he struggles to put his life back together after his news anchor girlfriend walks out on him and his much loved father dies.

Seth longs to retreat to the pristine woodlands of New England’s North Country, where he believes anonymity and solitude will heal his wounds. But a slow job market up North forces him to first make a detour to his Connecticut hometown.

Homing Instincts traces Seth’s painful, redemptive, and sometimes humorous, journey to re-imagine his past and create a new future.”




Please check out my essays in the Collegeville Institute’s magazine, Bearings Online. It’s such an honor to contribute to this unique organization and the amazing work it publishes.


I am thrilled to announce that my short story, Hunger, won Possibilities Publishing Company’s 2018 anthology contest and is featured in the new collection Triumph: Stories of Victories Great and Small. Don’t you love the cover? Available via the publisher or on Amazon.

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