About Karen Jones Gowen

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If you want to be famous then run for office and be a politician.

If you want to be rich then become a plastic surgeon.

If you want to have people know your name then be a teacher.

If you want to make a difference in someone’s life then have children.

But if you want to work alone, feel like a freak, be misunderstood, wonder what the point is, always come up short of time and money, while writing stories that bubble up from within about characters you have never met but are strangely in love with, then be a writer.

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I grew up the daughter of a Methodist minister in central Illinois, became a Mormon at 19 and transferred to Brigham Young University where I met my husband, Bruce Gowen.

Bruce and I have lived in Illinois, California, Washington, Utah and now Panajachel, Guatemala. We have ten children, eight boys and two girls. Later in life I decided to complete my degree in English and American literature from Brigham Young University. In my last year, I took a folklore class that inspired me to record the memories of my then-90-year old mother about her experiences growing up on a 1920’s Nebraska farm. This led to the publication of Farm Girl.

I love to read and I believe in the power of books to change lives, for they have changed mine. After raising my very large family, it’s a joy and privilege to finally be writing full-time.

My children’s stories have appeared in the Friend, and my essays in the Jacksonville Journal Courier. My published books are Farm Girl, Uncut Diamonds, House of Diamonds, Lighting Candles in the Snow, and Farm Girl Country Cooking: Hearty Meals for Active Families.

My latest novel Afraid of Everything is scheduled for 2014 release by WiDo Publishing.

Contact me: karenjonesgowen@gmail.com.