About the Author
She is publishing a cookbook series called the Delights Series in which each cookbook emphasizes a different topic. The first cookbook in the Delights Series is titled, Huckleberry Delights. Hood is also working to complete a series of Hood and Matsko Family Cookbooks with many recipes handed down from family heritage and others emerging from more current family tradition. She has been invited as a guest speaker on talk-radio shows and has been invited to speak on various topics.
Hood was born and raised in Great Falls, Montana. She attended the College of St. Benedict and St. Johns University in Minnesota. She received a B.S. Degree in Natural Science and minored in both psychology and secondary education from the college of St. Benedict. After graduating, Karen and her husband taught science and math on the island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Hood also completed postgraduate classes at the University of Iowa, in Iowa City. In May 2001, she completed her Masters Degree at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. She has also taken post-graduate classes at Lewis and Clark College in Idaho. Hood is currently taking courses to complete her Ph.D. in Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University.
Along with her husband, ten children and foster children, Hood currently resides in Greenacres, Washington. Her interests include writing, teaching, and volunteering as a court advocate in the juvenile court system for abused and neglected children. Hood also is a literary advocate for youth and adults. Her hobbies include cooking, baking, photography, raising Icelandic horses and Icelandic sheepdogs, indoor and outdoor gardening, and cultivating unusual flowering plants and orchids. Hood also enjoys observing hummingbirds and other bird-watching activities. Hood demonstrates a passionate appreciation of nature and the environment.