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Karen Kingsbury

Author of  Forever (Firstborn #5)

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Karen Kingsbury's Bio:
Karen Kingsbury is America's #1 best-selling inspirational novelist. Her emotionally driven, riveting novels dominate the Christian Booksellers best-seller lists, as month after month, Kingsbury has five to seven books simultaneously on the charts. Prolific and popular, Kingsbury has been called the “Nora Roberts of the religious set” by Time Magazine. Kingsbury has trademarked her brand of writing as Life-Changing Fiction™ because of the hundreds of letters and e-mails she receives from her readers every week. These letters demonstrate the power of Kingsbury’s gift of teaching relationship principles through storytelling. She receives notes daily from readers who have restored a relationship, forgiven a loved one, or sought a life of faith due to something communicated through one of her novels.

Kingsbury is perhaps best known for her Redemption series and her ongoing Firstborn series. “I can hardly wait to bring you the next pieces of these characters’ lives,” she says. “So much lies ahead, so many triumphs and tough times, so much to learn, and so many ways in which these characters will be stretched and tested.”

Kingsbury’s five-book Redemption Series, which originally introduced the Baxter family characters, has sold more than 990,000 copies over the past three years. Two of the Redemption books--Reunion and Rejoice--were recently nominated for an ECPA Gold Medallion Award. Kingsbury has written more than 30 books, including one title made into a CBS “Movie of the Week.” She has more than 5 million books in print, and her Christmas novel, Gideon's Gift, is currently under production for a Christmas 2007 major-motion-picture release.

Karen’s title Found recently hit the USA Today and New York Times best-seller lists.

Other Kingsbury best-selling titles are Remember, Return, One Tuesday Morning, Oceans Apart, and A Thousand Tomorrows. She has been a finalist in the Romance Writers of America’s RITA competition for the best inspirational fiction. Her title A Time to Dance was selected as the first book in the Women of Faith fiction club. In 2004, she was a finalist for an ECPA Gold Medallion and a Retailers Choice Award.

Before writing inspirational fiction, Kingsbury wrote true crime books, including Deadly Pretender, which was developed into a CBS television movie. Kingsbury started her career in journalism writing for the Los Angeles Times and LA Daily News, primarily on the sports beat. Kingsbury is the mother of six children--including three boys adopted from Haiti. Her readers feel a part of the family as Kingsbury updates them in every book with the latest news about her husband, Donald, their daughter, Kelsey, and the five boys--Tyler, Sean, Josh, E.J., and Austin. Kingsbury and her family live in Washington.

Visit Karen's website at www.karenkingsbury.com