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 The Ghosts of the Queen Mary, released November 1, 2014.
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"Karen Truesdell Riehl's novel presents an intriguing character study of a small New England resort town in the 1970s. Pam Tatum has to be one of my favorite cozy mystery characters. I loved seeing her take on the clients who come to stay at the inn, especially the Roosevelt sisters and their chauffeur, Mr. Charles, whose friendship with a young girl from town, Sarah Jameson, is marvelous. Following Roger Sundbee's impromptu partnership with Abenaki Indian Chief Richard was also a high point for me in this entertaining and gently humorous novel.The Inn Game and Sins of Kot-Do-Init offers the reader mystery, small-town gossip, and the natural beauty of New England. I highly recommended it."
Jack Magnus, for Readers' Favorite