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).
We were talented, young, strong, and sure we’d find success in New York. George did find it. 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. Watch for my play, Bad Girl, based on that experience, scheduled for publication in the Spring of 2014.)
George went on to become a famous film actor. I acted in regional theatre, while raising our daughter and three sons through two failed marriages.
Years later George returned to my life (Hello Again). He left again in 1982. A few years later, during a community theatre production, I met Richard, a talented musician and great husband.
After studying my family history and learning of the hardships and joys of the early 1900’s, I wrote Saturday Night Dance Club.
Living for several years in Terre Haute, Indiana and North Conway New Hampshire, near the home of Peyton Place author, Grace Metalious, inspired the writing of Freedom's Sins.
Getting lost for several hours during a brief stay near the old military base in Monterey, California scared me into writing The Ghosts of Fort Ord.
More recently, our many overnight weekend getaways on the famous Queen Mary has me busily writing The Ghosts of the Queen Mary. I look forward to publishing it in the summer of 2014.
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My latest novel, Hello Again, a love story set in San Diego and Seattle, was released on Valentine's Day, 2014. You can read a sample and order it from Smashwords.com.
It's a story of lost love, forgiveness, and the deep love of a single mother for her son. Here's a brief synopsis.
During Shannon's last semester at a San Diego university, she falls in love with Nate, a graduate student teaching assistant. The two pledge their lasting love. But there's another woman in Nate's life back in his Massachusetts hometown. Tally is the daughter of his mentor and benefactor, Walter. A year earlier Nate vowed to Walter on his death bed that he'd never leave Tally.
Nate promises Shannon he'll tell Tally that he's decided to break their engagement. But fate and faintheartedness gets in their way. After repeatedly putting off his promise to Shannon, they drift apart.
When Shannon meets Nate again many years later, will their love be rekindled? Will they put aside the painful past and share the joy of disovering their grownup child?
What reviewers are saying about Hello Again:
"The gentle way in which Karen Truesdell Riehl mixes love and tragedy in Hello Again will make your heart ache in a new way."
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