Karen Harper taught both college level (at Ohio State
University) and high school English (in Columbus, Ohio)
before leaving teaching to write full-time. She is the
author of 50 novels, including historical romance,
contemporary suspense (for MIRA), and a historical mystery
series, Queen Elizabeth I Mystery Series.
Karen and her husband, Don, divide their time between
Columbus and Naples, Florida, where they have wintered for
20 years. It's so beautiful there, the author says, that
it's hard to find the discipline to sit inside and write.
Their immediate family consists of three children, Sharon,
a middle-school teacher; son Bill and his wife Sunny, who own a nautical gifts store in the historic district of St. Augustine, FL; and Nancy, mother of their grandchild Sean.
The Harpers love to travel for pure enjoyment, for
research, and for romance and mystery writers' conferences.
The most exotic places she's been are Morocco and Turkey;
the most moving, Israel, though she says England is her all-
time favorite destination. She also loves the Greek Islands
and Santa Fe, N.M., where she went horseback riding and
Those endeavors, along with her discovery of snorkeling,
have opened new interests to add to tracing her family
heritage, reading, and growing African violets. Karen
adores cats but is still in mourning from losing her gray
and white longhair after 13 years. Thought "catless in
Columbus," she admits that traveling is much easier without
worrying about leaving her best friend behind in the house.
Karen's books have been published in a variety of foreign
languages including most recently Japanese and Greek. Two
have appeared in Good Housekeeping Magazine, and many are
in large print and audio books. Her MIRA novel, Karen's Amish novel, DARK ANGEL, won the Mary Higgins Clark Award, and she is currently writing a new romantic suspense trilogy set in Amish country. A New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author, Karen writes both contemporary novels and historical novels, the latter mostly set in Tudor England. These include MISTRESS SHAKESPEARE, THE QUEEN'S GOVERNESS, THE LAST BOLEYN, THE FIRST PRINCESS OF WALES, THE IRISH PRINCESS and MISTRESS OF MOURNING. Look for UPON A WINTER'S NIGHT in October, 2013, a rom/sus set in Amish country at Christmas time. She is currently working on a new rom/sus trilogy. Though she is now a full-time writer, Karen still love to teach by giving talks about writing and getting published.