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Karen Stephen

Author Snapshot

     Retired clinical psychologist and now fiction author Karen Stephen lives in the San Francisco Bay area.  Over the years she has listened to a thousand and one tales.  Now she creates intriguing tales of her own.
 
     Her love of writing is matched only by her passion for collecting antique flamingos and playing Bach on the harpsichord.
 
 
Portrait 2004 by Diane Kaye http://www.dianekaye.com 

Personal Background

Karen was born in October of 1943 in Chicago to a father who was off a few days later to World War II and a mother who had graduated from the University of Chicago in 1937 with a degree in Political Science.  Her maternal grandmother was also a four-year college graduate, majoring in Latin and German.  So she comes from a long line of educated, out-spoken, and accomplished women.
 
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After being moved around the country by a then divorced and quite adventurous mother, she landed in Beverly Hills on the wrong side of Santa Monica for her third-grade year and then finished her schooling through high school in La Jolla, California.  She went on to Stanford and several other colleges before graduating (on time!) from San Diego State University with honors in Psychology.  She then spent the next four years obtaining a Masters and Doctoral degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana.  That's kindergarten to Ph.D. by age 26 without a break!
 
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In addition to writing, Karen enjoys playing Bach and Couperin on her harpsichord and attending Early Music concerts.  She loves to travel with friends and her grown daughter.  She has a son and daughter-in-law and two handsome grandsons who live in Oregon and a daughter and son-in-law and two little granddaughters living in the SF Bay Area. 

Christmas 2004 with her harpsichord
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Professional Experience

   Karen worked in both the public and private sector, first as a research psychologist in the area of pediatric psychopharmacology and then as a clinician.   Her non-fiction writing skills came in handy for grant-writing, departmental newsletters, and developing electronic charting tools. 

Her favorite activity during her working years was leading a support group for women in their midlife years (that's anything from 40 until death!).  She delighted in seeing the courage of women caught in the throes of caring for elderly parents, putting up with difficult grown children, coping with health issues, and being caregivers to the world. 
 
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She also led seminars for professionals and offered workshops in her community on topics ranging from child rearing to women's midlife issues.  Her love for dramatic performance and her sharp wit made her a dynamic and sought-after speaker.  She is looking forward to the opportunity to meet a whole new audience in the promotion of her novel.
 

Avignon in the summer of 2004 with best friend...
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...who was the inspiration for the character of Marietta