Her first novel, Novy’s Son challenges the reader to examine the issues of alcoholism, sexual addiction, and family dysfunction. Her second novel, Davida: Model & Mistress of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, is a very special love story.
Karen joins us on the first stop of her Blog Tour sponsored by 4WillsPublishing.wordpress.com
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THE FIRST BOOK....
It has been an exciting journey to my first published book. It was a dream I was not sure would ever come true. Sometimes the best things in life can come out of a tragic, sad, or negative event.
Here is my journey and I am grateful for everything, even the bad! I often learn the most from the not-so-happy events.
*Due to my parent's divorce when I was but two years old, I grew up not knowing my father very well. I saw him for only a few weeks out of each year.
*My mother married a second time to a man, who took advantage of my innocence through abuse. He did the same to my older sister.
AT NINE YEARS OLD I BEGAN TO JOURNAL...
I WROTE POEMS, SHORT STORIES...
I RELEASED EMOTIONS, FEARS, AND DOUBTS.
*When I was 16, I moved out of my mother's house and went to live with my father. A new home, a distant city, and a different school were my new challenges.
*I rarely saw my mother and my sisters were sworn to never mention my name in her house.
*For the first time I started attending a church. I went there by myself, but I found God!
MY WRITING BECAME A BIGGER PART...
MORE POEMS, SHORT STORIES & A NOVEL...
I DID NOT SHOW OR TELL ANYONE.
*I learned the powerful healing experience of forgiveness. I released my mother and stepfather and now found a new life.
*I knew that I had a story to tell that could help others who have been abused.
I DEVELOPED A LIFE-THREATENING CANCER…
I JOURNALED EVERY DAY, SOMETIMES OFTENER...
I RESEARCHED AND WROTE ARTICLES.
*A friend who read my journal said, “You must publish this.”
*My first book was published in 2012...
*It won first place in the category of women's health.
I STILL JOURNAL…
I WRITE TWO BLOGS A WEEK...
I AM PROUD OF THREE PUBLISHED BOOKS
SO MY JOURNEY AS AN AUTHOR HAS BEEN AN EXCITING ONE AND I KNOW THAT WHAT I WRITE COMES FROM MY HEART AND SOUL.
I hope my story brings encouragement to other authors.