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Karen Jones Gowen

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Born and raised in central Illinois, Karen attended Northern Illinois University in DeKalb and the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. She transferred to Brigham Young University, where she met her husband Bruce, and there graduated with a degree in English and American Literature.

Karen and Bruce have lived in Utah, Illinois, California and Washington, currently residing in Panajachel, Guatemala. They are the parents of ten children. Not surprisingly, family relationships are a recurring theme in Karen's writing.

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Karen Jones Gowen I don't usually call it writer's block but procrastination, more of a problem for me than being unable to write at all. I deal with it by setting a…moreI don't usually call it writer's block but procrastination, more of a problem for me than being unable to write at all. I deal with it by setting a writing time five days a week, even if only 30 minutes a day, and telling myself I can quit after that time. Usually I get going and end up working much longer than my allotted time.(less)
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A year ago I was deep into writing about my life-long diet addiction. How I got into it, how it affected my life, how I managed to pull free and lose weight in the process. I started this project as a way to get re-focused and balanced with healthy meals after we moved to Guatemala. […] Read more of this blog post »
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Description: Two sisters, one facing opportunity, the other tragedy. Can their bond endure? When the lives of two sisters take a much different course than expected And one sister is on the verge of realizing her lifelong dream while the other faces a terrible tragedy To give a voice to a beloved baby who had none To show the incredible power that comes to families when they pull together to overcome challenges. At these times, a house of pain can become a house of diamonds.

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I normally don't read YA, fantasy and especially not YA romance/fantasy. But this one also has mystery, murder and a psychopathic killer-- right up my alley! Also, I really loved the setting of Pacific Grove, California. The ocean was described beaut ...more
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