Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Meet Karen Robbins

Karen has lived in Northeast Ohio almost all of her life. Except for a couple of short years right after she married her husband, Bob, and they lived in Maryland, she has lived within a couple of miles of where she grew up in a suburb south of Cleveland. She says “south” because it puts an end to those arguments over which side of town is best—east or west.

Along life’s path, Karen and Bob have raised five children and now have eight grandchildren to play with. Three of their children are still Midwesterners but two have scattered with their families to Washington and Florida.

A graduate of Ohio State University, Buckeye blood curses scarlet and gray through Karen’s veins. Every football Saturday a large Brutus the Buckeye can be seen displayed in their front yard next to the OSU flag. The neighbors who are not Wolverine fans are amused.

In 1987, Karen published her first small essay in an adult Sunday school take-home paper and there’s been no stopping her writing since. Her writing areas are as eclectic as her reading preferences. She has written essays, articles, and columns for newspapers, regional and national magazines, and online e-zines. She has contributed to several compilation books and along with five other writers who all met online, she has published two non-fiction books, A Scrapbook of Christmas Firsts and A Scrapbook of Motherhood Firsts. Karen’s first love of writing however is fiction and she now has three published novels, the latest, In A Pickle.

Living in the Midwest gives Karen opportunity to enjoy all the seasons although if winter were a bit shorter she’d be a little happier. The holidays bring a great fun time though when she and Bob volunteer on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad’s Polar Express. Bob is a trainman and yes, Karen is an elf. It is heartwarming to see the expressions and excitement of the children who come for the magical ride.


While there’s no place like home, Karen is a world traveler and along with her husband, she has set foot on all seven continents and almost circumnavigated the globe. Her travel adventures are posted at her blog, Writer’s Wanderings.  Exploring the works of God’s hands has been a blessing and a joy and supplied memories to treasure forever. Karen often uses what she terms God Moments from her travels to illustrate Bible truths when she speaks at churches, retreats, and banquets. Her desire is to reach people with God’s love whether it is through her writing, her speaking, or her everyday encounters—wherever in the world they may occur.

Latest releases:
A Scrapbook of Motherhood Firsts (April 2012, Leafwood)
Murder Among The Orchids (www.Smashwords.com, www.amazon.com)

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