Karen Campbell (born 1967, Paisley, Scotland) is a Scottish writer of contemporary fiction. Her first four novels are police procedurals, set in Glasgow, featuring Sgt. Anna Cameron and Cath and Jamie Worth. Her fifth novel, published in 2013, breaks away from the crime series. It tells the story of Abdi, a Somali asylum-seeker newly arrived in Glasgow with his young daughter, and of recently widowed Deborah, who has been assigned as mentor to help them settle in. The novel was selected as the BBC Radio Four Book at Bedtime in April 2013.
Karen Campbell was born in Paisley and brought up in Glasgow. Both her mother and father worked in Strathclyde Police, and following a degree at Glasgow University, she also joined the police, where she met her husband.
Karen studied for the Creative Writing Masters degree at Glasgow University. She is a vegetarian and lives in Galloway with her husband and two daughters.