Although I cursed it in my youth, dyslexia turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Not being able to read or write until the age of ten forced me to express myself through acting. At the Stephens College playhouse in Missouri I fell in love with an actor, a married actor. That experience led to the publication of my first book, Love and Madness: My Private Years with George C. Scott.
When I found myself pregnant. George wanted me to abort the baby. I refused. My friend Tammy Grimes, who later became a two-time Tony Award winner (The Unsinkable Molly Brown and Private Lives) helped me find the Florence Crittenden Home for Unwed Mothers outside of Boston, where I gave birth to our daughter. My play, Bad Girl, was based on that experience.
Years later George returned to my life, which inspired me to write Hello Again, (a 2015 San Diego Book Awards finalist in romance novels).
The hardships of war and the Great Depression that mark my family's history led me to write Saturday Night Dance Club.
After living in Terre Haute, Indiana, and earlier in North Conway New Hampshire, near the home of Peyton Place author, Grace Metalious, I was inspired to write Freedom's Sins, a story of scandals in a small town.
Getting lost for several hours during a brief stay near the abandoned military base scared me into writing The Ghosts of Fort Ord.
My nonfiction novel, Helga: Growing Up in Hitler's Germany, (2015 San Diego Book Awards winner in nonfiction) is based on my interview of a former member of the Jugend, Hitler's child army.
My many overnight weekend getaways on the famous Queen Mary led me to write my latest novel The Ghosts of the Queen Mary, released November 1, 2014.
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Award-winning Carlsbad Writer Pens Murder Mystery
September 1, 2015
Carlsbad author, Karen Truesdell Riehl, a 2015 San Diego Book Awards winner for Helga: Growing up in Hitler's Germany, has published her ninth e-book: Deception's Sins: A Roger Sundbee Mystery, now available on Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble Nook, iPhone, iPad, PC, MAC and other digital devices. Her writing achievements are remarkable, given her lifelong battle with dyslexia. She was unable to read until the age of 10. Her first book was a memoir, Love and Madness, My Private Years with George C Scott, recounting her 30-year hidden romance with the international film star.
Deception's Sins is the second in a series featuring Roger Sundbee. The young tennis pro who left Indiana after uncovering a small town's hidden stories (Freedom's Sins), has moved on to Deception Island, ten miles by ferry from Seattle. It seemed the perfect place to start a new life. But when Zeke Perry's body is found on the beach with a rope around his neck, Roger, the island's newcomer and the last person to have been seen with Zeke alive, becomes the prime suspect.
In an early review, Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite says this about Riehl's latest book. "Karen Truesdell Riehl's murder mystery is a droll and witty story with a fascinating location and a rich historical backdrop. She makes each person living on Deception Island seem real, with their own histories and dreams. The historical details woven into the plot are marvelous. I enjoyed reading Deception's Sins and hope to read other stories starring the multi-talented Roger Sundbee."