I believe strongly in the power of faith. Life, even on the hardest of days, is an amazing gift. Dreams, no matter how small or how lofty are worth pursuing. I have tried to instill these things in my two children, who are now grown and following their own paths less travelled. My son is currently in the US Navy and my daughter is pursuing her graphic design career in New York City.
I've been writing short stories and newspaper articles since I was in elementary school in South Florida. Among other things, I dreamed of becoming an author, an architect, an artist, a teacher, a mermaid at Weeki Wachee, and a blonde Brenda Starr.
Though I haven't achieved all those exact goals, it's been quite a journey from the sandy beaches of Hollywood, Florida, to those of the Jersey Shore where I taught for many years as a reading specialist, technology/writing teacher, and a facilitator of adult education classes. I earned two masters degrees, raised two children, survived breast cancer and learned to tango. I believe it's important for all of us to use our gifts to express ourselves and to make a difference in creating a better world.
I love people and learning - about Rekei, holistic health, religion & spirituality, sign language, human development, art, music, and creativity to name a few. (See the events page for my workshop on energy and making your dreams come true. ) I'm blessed to belong to the word's best book club, too.
After taking early retirement, I've traveled and experienced many new things and places: viewing the natural beauty of Alaska, taking tango lessons in Argentina, and hiking and meditating in the majestic landscapes of Sedona, Arizona. I even received scuba diving certification while on the beautiful island of Oahu and rode a mule down the cliffs of Molokai. I've been teaching myself Spanish the past few years and loved visiting Mexico. I plan to go again and continue to practice my Spanish! And I'm lucky to have friends & relatives in South Florida to visit when it's too cold to sit on the beach here at the Jersey Shore.
I adore ballroom dancing, and though I may never appear on Dancing With the Stars, I dance every day, whether it’s taking lessons or going to socials, participating in Zumba at the gym, or just moving around the house!
My first published short story, "Stuck in Seaside Heights," appeared in Crime Scene: NJ2. My novel is also placed at the Jersey Shore, the home of old and new money, power, intrigue, summer vacations, and of course, enduring love.
Having my novel, Dangerous Sands, published is another dream come true! Through my relationship with the New Jersey Romance Writers and Sisters in Crime-Central Jersey organizations, I've studied and practiced the craft of writing. Now a member of Liberty State Fiction Writers, I keep learning new things about how to enhance my writing and my newest career.
I attended the last two RWA Conference in Orlando and NYC. LSFW has a great conference March 17th. Those are a lot of fun and great opportunities to learn your craft and more about the industry in these changing times. Making daily progress requires perseverance and hard work - but the process of doing something you love is so worth it!
No matter what the challenges - and we all have them - life is good and getting better all the time, one day at a time!
Happy reading & enjoy life! Karen
Ft. Lauderdale at sunrise