Karma never considered writing as a profession because her mother
was a professional writer which made it seem like boring
and mundane work. At the age of 27 she realized that she still
loved well written children’s books of all kinds, from picture
books to young adult novels. By that time Karma was a wife and
the mother of three young children. Trips to the library with her
children were a combination of emotions…when they got a
good book there was fun to be had by all, but so many of the books
weren’t what her children
wanted to listen to.
Then a tax refund changed everything. With the money the family
decided to invest in a computer. Karma was forced to learn to type.
Combining her desire to make the expensive computer pay for itself,
her newfound typing skill, and her love of children’s literature,
Karma started writing for children. She wanted to put a few more
good books on the library shelves and pay off that computer! Countless
rejections and three years later Karma was finally accepted by
book agent Steven Malk (who had already rejected her once, which
she never lets him forget). Her first book, Bear
Snores On, was released in 2002. The computer was paid for!
Since then Karma has had more than 30 books accepted for publication.
Many of those are on the shelves of libraries and bookstores around
the world. Her books have received numerous state and national
awards, been translated into dozens of languages, and a few have
made an appearance on the New York Times bestseller list. Karma
sincerely hopes that her books bring joy to children and families
Karma writes humorous, rhythmic picture books for the very young and books that share her faith in a fun, understandable way with the youngest readers. Karma is also pursuing her love of outrageously silly but sometimes philosophic poetry for older children (i.e. Shel Silverstein) and has a book of poems coming out in a few years titled What’s the Weather Like Inside which will be illustrated by Barry Blitt.
These days Karma lives with her handsome husband Scott, and her three not-so-young-anymore children, two dogs, one cat and four horses on a small ranch in Montana. Her hobbies include reading (of course), photography, baking, and training Mixed Martial Arts (a combination of boxing, jiu jitsu, muay thai, and wrestling) with her family.