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After playing hooky one day in the seventh grade to read Gone With the Wind, Karen White knew she wanted to be a writer—or become Scarlett O'Hara. In spite of these aspirations, Karen pursued a degree in business and graduated cum laude with a BS in Management from Tulane University. Ten years later, after leaving the business world, she fulfilled her dream of becoming a writer and wrote her first book. In the Shadow of the Moon was published in August, 2000. This book was nominated for the prestigious RITA award in 2001 in two separate categories. Her books have since been nominated for numerous national contests including another RITA, the Georgia Author of the Year Award and in 2008 won the National Readers’ Choice Award for Learning to Breathe.
Karen currently writes what she refers to as ‘grit lit’—southern women’s fiction—and has recently expanded her horizons into writing a mystery series set in Charleston. Her tenth novel, The Lost Hours, will be released in trade paperback by New American Library, a division of Penguin Publishing Group, in April 2009.
Karen hails from a long line of Southerners but spent most of her growing up years in London, England and is a graduate of the American School in London. She currently lives near Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two teenaged children, and a spoiled Havanese dog (who appears in several of her books), Quincy. When not writing, she spends her time reading, singing, playing piano, chauffeuring children and avoiding cooking.
I like this author. She weaves stories and always puts a little mystery into the mix. Good read.Published 2 days ago by Wendy
One of the best books I've read this year! My first Karen White novel - now a huge fan. Mystery, history, romance - it's all here. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Ben Pittman
On Folly Beach combined wartime espionage, heartbreak, and romance in a plot that exceeded my expectations. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Dana
This was a wonderful book, full of mystery, great characters and some historical information. I recommended it to my book club and they loved it as well.Published 24 days ago by Carol Brownell
wonderful book - could not put it down! Full of World War history that you won't find in a history book Can't wait to read her next bookPublished 1 month ago by Carol Gavin
I really liked this book. It tells 2 stories. One present day character finds books with messages written by WWII lovers. And starts exploring their story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by lovetaread
I read this book while on Folly Beach and loved every minute of it. It was captivating, engaging and left you with a sense of awe at what WWII did to Charleston and the surrounding... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Wanda J. Cooper
I have read several other books by this author, and she tends to be a bit too wordy and repetitive in her storytelling, and needs to "get to the point" sooner, in my... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lucyfan
Great symbolism, beautiful setting and images, and conflicts/story lines/characters worth thinking about. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gardener58