It is so fun for me to take the spark of an idea and grow it into a full-length book of mystery and intrigue, usually in a historical setting. The spark 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 separate series, all about empowered women in history (some from real life, and some made-up), and I have been honored to receive some awards for some of these unpublished novels. My manuscript Grace in the Wings was placed in the Romantic Suspense category of the 2012 LERA Rebecca contest, the 2014 NTRWA Great Expectations contest, and the RWA 2016 Daphne du Maurier contest. In 2012 the unpublished manuscript Girl with a Gun placed in the NHRWA Lone Star Writer’s contest. In 2019 I was honored as a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Awards for the published novel, Girl with a Gun.
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 stories 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 novels. I continue to work on my three historical mystery series and hope to share all of them with the world.
In addition to my passions for writing and my family, I am an avid horsewoman (see EquusPlus here). 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!