Karin is the author of the historical fiction novels The Diplomat's Daughter and The Gilded Years (soon to be a major motion picture starring Zendaya and produced by Zendaya and Reese Witherspoon for Sony/Tristar), as well as The List and The Price of Inheritance, all published by Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Her fifth book, A Hundred Suns, will be published by St. Martin's Press on April 7, 2020.

A former Politico reporter, her work has appeared in dozens of publications including The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Miami HeraldNewsday, The Philadelphia Inquirer and in the anthology Crush: Writers Reflect on Love, Longing and the Lasting Power of Their First Celebrity Crush. Tanabe continues to work as a journalist, contributing frequent book reviews and lifestyle pieces to major publications. 


She lives in Washington, D.C.