My author friends are generous people. And none were more generous than Karen Harper, an Ohio author I’ve known since the beginning of my career.
Karen was the first person to tell me about the Buckeye Book Fair, the one person I could count on to send me my PW reviews back before they could be found online, and the author who offered to read and give me a quote for Iron Lace, my first single title. I always looked forward to seeing her when I knew our paths would cross.
For Iron Lace she said “Richly textured and deeply moving, Iron Lace is a break-your-heart love story in the grand tradition.” I suspect that quote says more about Karen than about my book.
In November this year Karen and I sat side by side at the Buckeye Book Fair in Wooster, OH. and talked about our lives and careers. We discovered we had the same editor and made sure to have our photo taken together to send to our terrific Emily. She told me she had two books coming out back to back this spring, something that had never happened to her before. We talked about this one and all the research she did. She was looking forward to seeing it in print.
Unfortunately Karen Harper passed away this month, so she won’t be here to see how well her books will undoubtedly do. But her friends want you to know this first of the two has just been released and the second soon will be. We hope you’ll look for and enjoy both books and all her works.
Her next book, The Queen’s Secret, from William Morrow and at bookstores on May 19th, is one of Karen’s fabulous historicals. If you love the television series The Crown, you’ll love this story about Queen Mary, wife of King George VI during WWII. I can’t wait to read it.
Karen will be greatly missed.