Karen O'Connor

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Meet Karen

I’ve been writing, teaching and speaking for 40+ years and have authored books, magazine articles, blogs, educational texts, and digital books.

I got hooked on writing when my third grade teacher assigned students to write and illustrate a book for a class project. I knew then I wanted to be a ‘real’ writer some day and see a book of mine in a bookstore and in a library.

Every day I look forward to going to my desk. In recent years I’ve focused on writing humor for seniors, including the best-sellers, Help, Lord! I’m Having a Senior Moment and Gettin’ Old Ain’t For Wimps. Some of my books are now on CD, as well. And many titles are available for the Kindle. Please check out my Books page.

I also take great pleasure in helping others with their writing. Over the past 30 years I’ve taught for a variety of schools and conferences, including the University of California Adult Education, the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild, the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, and currently for Bravewriter.com where I teach Write for Fun online for kids ten to fourteen.

I was honored to be named Writer of the Year for 1997 by the San Diego Christian Writers Guild, in 2002 I received the Special Recognition Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference for writing and mentoring, and in 2004 I accepted the International Reading Association Award for my article for children on Kurdish refugees published in Highlights for Children magazine.

If you’d like to explore what’s involved in writing professionally, I invite you to look into one of the many conferences available.

 

CharlesEnough about my work… 🙂

In addition to writing, teaching, and occasional speaking I am also a mother, grandmother, great grandmother and now a widow. My husband, Charles Flowers, passed away in 2015. Currently I live along the Central Coast of California, rich with farmland, foothills, forests and the beautiful Pacific Ocean.

 

 

 

And what do I do for fun?Mammoth Mountain

  • Hike
  • Walk
  • Exercise with seniors
  • Knit
  • Travel
  • Hang out with my grandkids
  • Attend the Santa Cruz Symphony

 


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