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.

That's where he helped her get a job
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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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“I can't sing. And I can't dance. But I can write.”
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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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