Kari and Historical Fiction Books
It is so fun for me to take the spark of an idea and grow it into full-length book of mystery and intrigue, usually in a historical setting. The spark for my historical fiction books often comes from something or someone in history that moves me or makes me think about how people in the past might have thought about or reacted to a mystery in their life.
I love to write about empowered women in history, horses, unconventional characters, and real-life historical events. I want readers to experience the joy of an escape from their everyday lives into a mystery from the past.
Currently, I’m working on three historical fiction series, all about empowered women in history (some from real life, and some made-up), and I have been honored to receive awards for some of these novels. In 2020, Folly at the Fair received First Place in Category for the Chanticleer International Clue Awards. In 2019, Girl with a Gun was awarded the NM/AZ Hillerman Award for Fiction. The novel also received First Place in the 2019 NM/AZ Book Awards in the Mystery/Crime category, and won First in Category in the International Chanticleer Murder & Mayhem Awards. It was also a finalist in the 2019 Next Generation Indie Awards. Grace in the Wings won First in Category for the 2019 International Chanticleer Chatelaine Awards and Peccadillo at the Palace won Grand Prize in the 2019 Goethe Awards, and was also a finalist in the 2019 Best Book Awards Historical Fiction category.
I’ve written stories for as long as I can remember. I still have a note my third-grade teacher wrote to my mother telling her, “Kari loves writing stories in class.” That love of telling a story only grew stronger as I grew older. While working towards a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature at the University of San Diego, I finessed my coursework to include independent studies in my senior year. Those independent studies consisted of short story writing, playwriting, novel writing, and a debut as a theater director.
When I graduated, I took a job as a technical writer for a Fortune 500 Company, one of the world’s largest science & technology solution providers. There I wrote articles for the company newsletter, worked on video scripts, and completed an inter-company teleconferencing manual. To feed my creative side during this time, I volunteered in community theater and worked as a stage manager.
After marriage and children, I continued to work part-time. I wrote for magazines and newsletters, and also worked as a teacher of literature, reading, and drama. Later, I worked as an educational software provider and instructor. But, my passion for writing historical fiction books of romance, mystery, and intrigue could not be ignored. In my thirties, I wrote my first two novels and acquired my first agent. After several magnanimous rejections, combined with the demands of motherhood, I temporarily set aside my writing passion.
“Temporarily” because one’s passions never die. Several years later, I resurrected my writing career and completed three more historical fiction books. I continue to work on my three historical series and hope to share all of them with the world.
In addition to my passions for writing historical fiction books and my family, I am an avid horsewoman. I train my own horses and have competed at the local, regional, and national levels in Dressage, Sport Horse, Western Dressage, and Western Trail. Always interested in improving my horsemanship skills and my relationships with my horses, I study and practice natural horsemanship with the Parelli Program. I am currently on hiatus from competition, but enjoy playing with and riding my four horses several times a week.
My husband, Kevin, and I live in the beautiful Land of Enchantment, New Mexico. We own a beautiful horse property nestled along the Rio Grande where we live with our four dogs, and four horses. We also have a place in Hawaii and try to get there as often as possible!
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