Miles of Smiles

“I feel like a toilet paper roll,” said my 3 year old Granddaughter. “Yep, I have those days, too.”


Karen’s Chaos

Musings for the day- Kid vocab lesson

torrible means terrible & horrible 

alligator means elevator

lasterday means yesterday

refrigerlater means refrigerator





My first every published book will be released Feb. 15th! It is a beginning chapter book called Camp Not Allowed for 2nd and 3rd graders. It is a light-hearted, summer fun story about gender equality with a Native American theme. Teachers and Media Specialists get 25% off the retail if they buy directly from the publisher at It can be pre-ordered on Amazon for $14.99 hard cover and $8.99 soft cover.

A Rookie Writer’s Aha Moment!


SCBWI 2018 Spring Conference coming April 6-7 to Oklahoma City, OK

My Aha Moment?   use action prior to a quote to break up the stream of dialog tags

 Building my collection of writing resources:

  • Hooked by Les Edgerton
  • Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne & Dave King
  • Elements of Style
  • Blue Book of Grammar & Punctuation
  • Children’s Writer’s Word Book by Alijandra Mogilner
  • The Copyeditor’s Handbook
  • The Magic Words by Cheryl B. Klein
  • Writer’s Digest Children’s Writer & Illustrator’s Market
  • Writer’s Digest Guide to Literary Agents
  • Publisher’s Marketplace
  • Querytracker


Quote from Judy Blume’s MasterClass…

“To be a writer? You must be a reader.”


Breaking News!

My first ever Book Launch will be at Another Chapter Bookstore in Owasso, Oklahoma on Saturday, Feb. 24th from 11:00 -2:00. It’s 12 minutes from the BA Expressway and 169 interchange.  Please join me and 2 fellow SCBWI Writers for books and coffee- it doesn’t get any better than this!



Thanks for your support…

All the SCBWI family who kept me encouraged over the years. A big shout out to my publisher, Marla Jones of Doodle and Peck, my illustrator, Dorothy Shaw, my critique partner who has read my pages for years, Linda Mai, and my friends Mary Clarkson and Ginger Reno who were my beta readers.

I will be eternally grateful for my mentor and our Oklahoma SCBWI founder, Anna Myers, for never giving up on me, but never being easy on me.

With God’s blessing, I will keep growing and improving as a writer and Camp Not Allowed will be the first of more to come.

Growing as a Writer…..

2018-First published book, Camp Not Allowed by publisher Doodle and Peck for 2nd and 3rd graders or reluctant readers just beginning to read chapter books. It is a light hearted summer fun read about gender equality with a Native American theme.

2013- First place winner, twice, in Midlife Collage’s short essay contest for Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow and for Controlled Chaos.

2005- Second place winner in Unpublished Children’s Fiction category of local Tulsa City County Library’s  Adult Creative Writing Contest for The Grandmother Stories.

What inspires me……



*sunsets on the water

*mist rising on the lake

*clever license plates

*kids racing to be first to checkout a popular book

*lilac bushes perfuming a summer breeze

*breast cancer survivors

*hanging out with my grandkids

*mountain top views while snow skiing

*humming birds


*children’s authors

*sound of waterfalls

*Anna Myers-children’s author extraordinaire

Well Said……

“If you’re praying for a miracle and God doesn’t give you the miracle, then you’re the miracle for someone else.” —Author unknown

“I cannot live without books.”–Thomas Jefferson

“When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a manner that when you die the world cries and you rejoice.”–Cherokee saying