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Book Karen

Miss Rutabaga’s Encounter with the Wind Goddess


Miss Rutabaga had a reputation around school. Of course that wasn’t nothing new, everybody in school had a reputation whether they wanted one or not. Nobody knew how these reputations came to be. They just showed up one day and no matter what a person did to shed themselves of such reputations, they persisted like a boll weevil in cotton. Miss Rutabaga didn’t like to waste energy if she could help it, so she decided rather than trying to fight the reputation assigned to her by the gossip gods, she would just try and live up to hers. And that’s how come she came to be known around U-Tsu-Dv High School as the “Hard One.”

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Fiddleheads: Giveaway


This is no joke.

It’s time to register for the giveaway from Fiddleheads.

All you have to do is leave your name. I’ll select a winner in the next week and Fiddleheads will ship you something fabulous.

Maybe one of their bunnies.


Or some of the fabulous Parisian jewelry the bunnies favor.

Don’t worry fellas, they have gifts for men as well.

Good books.

With stories  about dogs and hunting and such.

Last time I was there I saw a story written by one of my favorites, Robert Hicks.

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Holy Fiction

A friend walked into a client’s home and found my book among a stack on the client’s table. What friend is in your stack?

The kindly looking fellow in the light blue shirt pulled me aside moments before my presentation at the library.

Your book has made me do a lot of thinking, he said.

Oh? I replied.

Yes. About mental illness. My mother took  her life. My brother is a schizophrenic.

He pulled out a bottle of pills from his coat pocket.  These are mine, he said.

A safety net for sanity.

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Weatherford Award for Fiction: Mother of Rain


In late February, four short weeks ago now, a letter arrived in my inbox.

I was on the phone with a big city New York agent working out details for another literary event, for another author, when I clicked open the email from Jason Howard, editor of the Appalachian Heritage at Berea College in Kentucky.

Dear Karen, Jason’s note began.

I’m excited to let you know that MOTHER OF RAIN has been awarded the 2013 Weatherford Award in Fiction by the Appalachian Studies Association!

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