Karen has been writing plays and short stories for many years, some of which were published in various college literary magazines. More recently, her short story "The Recollections of Rosabelle Raines," was published in the mystery anthology Chesapeake Crimes: They Had it Comin' (Wildside Press, 2010). A few years ago she became inspired to write her first novel, Take the Monkeys and Run, a comedy-mystery, inspired, to some degree by a true monkey sighting in her own neighborhood. Because she loves to laugh as well as make other people laugh, she has the most fun imagineable writing the character Barbara Marr as well as her friends and adversaries. These days, Karen can be found pecking away at her laptop, conjuring a collection of Barbara Marr short stories and a second Barbara Marr novel, Citizen Insane. Otherwise, she's spending time hanging with her kids before they hit those years where they pretend they don't know her.