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Karen Harper


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Karen Harper | Christmas Among The Amish
November 6, 2013
It should come as no surprise that the Amish celebrate Christmas differently from us "worldly" people.† That was one of the interesting elements of Amish  Read More...

Karen Harper | Mixing Amish Amateur Sleuths With Romance
July 11, 2012
For years I've written stories that my publisher, Mira Books, calls romantic suspense, and my July novella THE COVERED BRIDGE in the  Read More...

Karen Harper | Why the Amish?
August 20, 2011
I've written four previous romantic suspense novels set among the Amish, and FALL FROM PRIDE  Read More...

Karen Harper | Meet THE IRISH PRINCESS
February 1, 2011
Karen Harperís historical novel, THE IRISH PRINCESS, tells the true story of a woman  Read More...

Karen Harper | What I Did On My Summer Vacation--(and How It Inspired My Novel)
January 25, 2010
Several years ago my husband and I took a two week trip to Alaska, one week by bus and train, one by cruise ship. I  Read More...

Karen Harper | A Novel Idea Takes Root
June 10, 2009
Every writer needs a 'hook for the book.' By this I donít mean only a grabber beginning, but something unique about the theme or  Read More...

Karen Harper | RESEARCHING THE LIVING AND THE DEAD
December 11, 2008
No, I donít write vampire novels, but I do write both contemporary and historical fiction. For the last ten years of my twenty-five  Read More...

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 whitewater rafting.

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.

 

Books:

Broken Bonds, January 2015
Paperback
Forbidden Ground, November 2014
Cold Creek #2
Paperback
Shattered Secrets, September 2014
Paperback
Upon a Winter's Night, November 2013
Home Valley Amish
Paperback
Finding Mercy, October 2013
Paperback
Finding Mercy, November 2012
Paperback
Mistress Of Mourning, July 2012
Paperback
Dark Crossings, July 2012
Paperback
Return To Grace, March 2012
Paperback
The Queen's Governess, August 2011
Paperback (reprint)
Fall From Pride, August 2011
Paperback
Dark Angel, May 2011
Paperback
The Irish Princess, February 2011
Trade Size
Dark Harvest, January 2011
Paperback
Dark Road Home, September 2010
Maplecreek Amish #1
Trade Size
The Queen's Governess, February 2010
Hardcover
Down River, February 2010
Mass Market Paperback
Deep Down, June 2009
Mass Market Paperback
Mistress Shakespeare, February 2009
Hardcover
The Hiding Place, November 2008
Mass Market Paperback
Below The Surface, February 2008
Paperback
The Hooded Hawke, December 2007
An Elizabeth I Mystery
Mass Market Paperback
Inferno, January 2007
Paperback
The First Princess of Wales, December 2006
Trade Size
The Fatal Fashione, December 2006
An Elizabeth I Mystery
Mass Market Paperback
More Than Words, October 2006
Volume 3
Trade Size
Hurricane, June 2006
Paperback
Black Orchid, May 2006
Paperback (reprint)
The Stone Forest, May 2006
Paperback (reprint)
Empty Cradle, May 2006
Paperback (reprint)
The Falls, May 2006
Paperback (reprint)
The Last Boleyn, March 2006
Trade Size
The Fyre Mirror, February 2006
An Elizabeth I Mystery
Mass Market Paperback
Dark Angel, June 2005
Maplecreek Amish Trilogy
Paperback
Dark Harvest, June 2004
Maplecreek Amish Trilogy
Paperback
Dark Road Home, May 2004
Maplecreek Amish Trilogy
Paperback
The Thorne Maze, October 2003
An Elizabeth I Mystery
Mass Market Paperback
The Queene's Cure, February 2003
An Elizabeth I Mystery
Mass Market Paperback
The Twylight Tower, February 2002
An Elizabeth I Mystery
Mass Market Paperback
The Tidal Poole, February 2001
Elizabeth I Mystery
Mass Market Paperback
The Poyson Garden, January 2000
Elizabeth I Mystery
Mass Market Paperback
A Country Christmas, November 1993
Paperback

 

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