Karen S. Gordon

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Karen S. Gordon was born in Burbank, California, to a psychoanalyst and runway model, the fourth of five children, and the only girl.

Her fascination with the twenty-six black and white symbols began when she embarked on her first major writing project at age three: to copy the entire Los Angeles phone directory into her older brothers' school notebooks.

She's led an eclectic life. Karen got her first job at age twelve as a groom for a top polo player in Los Angeles. She was shipped off to a private boarding school in Scottsdale, and later worked as a dough-roller at a major pizza parlor chain while attending the University of Arizona. Later she moved to Coconut Grove, Florida to be closer to her father.

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Karen S. Gordon I sure am slow to the party since Old Man Winter is on the way. Over the summer I read 'Neon Prey,' 'Past Tense' and 'The Malta Exchange.' I

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I sure am slow to the party since Old Man Winter is on the way. Over the summer I read 'Neon Prey,' 'Past Tense' and 'The Malta Exchange.' I

Meanwhile I've been slow-reading a psychoanalytic book by Dr. Karen Horney because I am fascinated by psychoanalysis. (Not to mention proofreading my next book, Killer Deal, and double-checking the audio production.)

Richard Russo's 'Chances Are' is on my nightstand and today I'm ordering one of Jami Albright's books. Although romance isn't one of my usual go-to genres, I'm intrigued because I think she'll make me belly-laugh.(less)
Karen S. Gordon I don't believe in writers' block. When I was a little girl my father preached to me that it was easier to keep my room clean that it was to clean it …moreI don't believe in writers' block. When I was a little girl my father preached to me that it was easier to keep my room clean that it was to clean it up.

I am a 'panster' which means I do not write from an outline. Rather, my experience is much that that of the reader. I don't know what's going to happen next!

Over time I've begun to keep a reverse outline because it makes life easier when my editor, who I've dubbed 'the hole puncher' (who may actually get a bronzed hole puncher as a gift of appreciation on day), asks me to clarify a scene.

Lee Child said that writers' block is writer-speak for calling in sick. I agree! So writers' block is like unicorns and pixie dust. If you love to write as much as I do, it's easy to get my fingers moving in sync with my brain.(less)
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Thriller Jubilee, the fictional annual conference where bestselling authors, publicists, publishers, fans and aspiring writers converge every year, is disrupted when attendees start to disappear. Who better to ferret out a serial killer than the writ ...more
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"The 2nd installment of the Gold & Courage series is an electrifying story involving the witty repartee between Lauren Gold and Vance Courage, that we loved from Mutiny Girl, combined with unforgettable new characters, and set within one of the most m" Read more of this review »
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This is an extraordinary history about money. I don't know who line-edited it, but boy-oh-boy, is this a seamless read. Often non-fiction books are full of visual and mental speed humps. For a work that delves as deeply as this one does, like a text ...more
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“I can't sing. And I can't dance. But I can write.”
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Karen Gordon "Baseball is like life. It boils down to a series of single events. When I watch baseball, I see life." Antonio "Tony" Famosa


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Karen Gordon "I'm happy if I'm reading, writing, and not doing arithmetic."


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