Like many authors, I owe my career to the librarians who gave me great books to read. Nancy Drew, Encyclopedia Brown and V.C. Andrews were but a few of the authors the Jonesboro, Georgia, librarians helped me discover. When I was a child, my mother would drop us off at the library every Saturday, where, under threat of death if we got into any trouble, we would quietly peruse the shelves to our hearts’ content. Today, I have very fond memories of those times, and some of my adult interests are firmly rooted in the displays the librarians did, whether it was great battles or the Civil War or coin collecting through the ages. Okay so, you never outgrow geekiness, but my loyalty to libraries — and librarians — remains firmly intact.
Please visit my individual book pages for bonus content, including questions to help reading groups get their discussions started. I also have some frequently asked questions about the books which might interest you, and of course you can always email me with comments. My tours are pretty packed, but I always try to make time for library events when I can. You can always contact me through my publicist at Bantam, or check out the international section of this site for contact information in your country.
Thank you all so much for the great service you do. And keep in mind that the geeky little girl who is lurking near the History of Suspension Bridges display might very well be dreaming of writing her own books one day!
Fight for libraries as you do freedom
Karin’s op-ed piece in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution had this headline. Read her article here.
Save The Libraries
Karin is the founder of the SaveTheLibraries project, which has to date raised more than $250,000 for the DeKalb County (Georgia) Library Foundation.