About The Author

karen-yorkie-brittany-2K. D. Dowdall was born in New England and spent her elementary-grade school years in Granby, Connecticut. Her family’s home was located on the edge of a large forest preserve in an old farming community that was known as the Salmon Brook Settlement (Circa 1680).  She grew up with five siblings, eight cousins and not many friends.  Karen writes how they loved the hauntingly beautiful forest, swam in Salmon Brook every summer, and iced-skated on a “haunted” pond in winter. They spent much of their time searching for arrowheads, broken colonial pottery and fossilized bones in the forest. It was her growing up years that led to her love of culture arts, fables, fantasies, and fairy tales created by the People who inhabited the land long ago.   Along the way, it was her good fortune to live in the Republic of China, Saudi Arabia, and England. Each culture she experienced reinforced her belief that all cultures are rich in storytelling to explain their human hopes, dreams, struggles, and life experiences, often in magical fantasy presentations. Karen has written two fantasy novels, Garrett’s Bones and Delphi Altair Strange Beginnings. She is currently writing a Saga, The White Witch Saga, Book 1 (not yet titled).

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      1. Hi Karen, I’ve been planning to have a read this weekend and i thought of purchasing one of your books. I don’t see any on Amazon. Are you on Amazon? If you are can you please put a link up.
        Many thanks

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    1. Paul, please forgive me for this very tardy reply. Not to make excuses, however, I was not able to response to many because I developed a devastating vision condition and have literally lived in a mostly darkened room for the last 9 months. I am now beginning to get to “see” some improvement. Much of what I posted during that very scary time I had already written previously. I would love to post something on your blog. I will write something about dogs. Many who are my friends. 🙂 Karen

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      1. My turn to be tardy. It was your kind comment left over at my place that had me revisit here. How time flies!

        Was curious as to when you lived in England, where were you based, and your lasting impressions?

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    1. Hi there, well thank you so much. I am a new writer and I am still learning. Comments and critiques are encouraged. 🙂 By the way, I love the title of your blog. If it were possible, wouldn’t that be lovely. Life is just to short! Not that I haven’t tried, though. Ha! Karen

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      1. I was new 4 years ago and think of myself still new and always learning. The blog world is a wonderful and supportive space. You’ll get more comfortable soon enough. 🙂 Welcome.

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  1. Hi Karen thank you so much for visiting my Blog and for deciding to Follow! Your Blog is beautiful I just had a brief visit and I Follow you back! I am an Artist Designer I love to express my creativity through different mediums you can see all of them on my Blog, I also write poems, haiku and 50 words stories…I will come back to dig more into your Blog soon! Thank you have a wonderful and Happy Easter! Carolina

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    1. Hi Carolina, I loved your site and the fact that you love bunnies is wonderful, because I love bunnies too. My first major in college was in Fine Art and I love to draw, especially with pastel and art pencils, oil, and ink. We havd alot in common. I write poems and short stories too. I will be visiting your beautiful site often. Karen

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      1. Oh Karen this is a beautiful thing! I am very happy that we came across each other and yes we have many things in common and I love your Blog too which I will visit often! Let’s stay connected ❤

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  2. Hi Karen…you are victim to a comment and follow on my blog…I have a personal modus operandi that anyone who likes a post, comments or follows has to have the kindness returned. You blog is inspiring and I’m definitely following 🙃

    Really looking forward to seeing posts and commenting in future….the guest post idea above is something I’d like to start doing at some point and your be more than welcome if time allowed….although above your eyesight thing sounded terrifying 🤕

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      1. You are very welcome and the comments are deserved too….I’ve never done guest posts on mine before but someone suggested it’s a good way to build a community…. Granted January to now isnt long and I don’t really know much about the protocols of it….I mean are you supposed to invite someone or do they offer or is the a guest blog blog where folk offer…newbie mind is back 🤕

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  3. Hi Karan I’m not sure if you are getting the replys I’m posting to your comments on my blog? I did try and send you copy of the book for free but the email address bounced back. I didn’t want you to think I was just ignoring you…I have been responding!
    Any way happy reading and I hope you enjoy the book 🙂

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  4. Hi Cassie Ellen, I did not get your replies and my email address (my other email address) is:
    karendowdall@comcast.net and please don’t worry, for $2.99, that is almost free. I didn’t want to wait. It is very generous of you to give away books and good to do sometimes, but I feel you deserve to be paid for your work. Funny I should say that, since I too, give away my books. I think it is going to be a great book to read! Your friend, Karen 🙂

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    1. O I don’t know why you didn’t get my replies. I’m so sorry! But then I didn’t know that you had replied to this message either (I didn’t get a notification or anything) so maybe it’s something I’m doing wrong!? I’m new to WordPress LOL. I’m glad I messaged you on here then, I would hate you to think I had ignored you.
      Thank you so much for reading my book :):):):). I am so glad you are liking it so far. Please do leave a review on Amazon when you are done.

      I have just finished my TBR pile actually :)…so which one of your books should I start with? :):):)

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  5. Hi cassie, I love to do reviews – no need to even ask. 🙂 I have done about 40 reviews thus far on Amazon, but almost none this year. I had vision problem that preventing from reading, writing, and do most anything. Now, it is greatly improved, thank goodness. Cassie, you don’t have to read one of my book, but if you do, it depends on what type of book you like. “Delphi Altair Strange Beginnings” is a fantasy fiction with a bit of science fiction, paranormal, aliens, a ghost, sea ships, planetary travel, and three teens who manage to save the world, oh, and a very mean school teacher.

    Garrett’s Bones is a modern day paranormal murder mystery of a young girl, it is very “atmospheric” and a history of the village that goes to back to 1680 A.D. Two main Characters, Garrett’s and Anna who try to solve the mystery and find themselves involved in dark secrets from the ancient past that puts their very lives at risk and the community. I would say it is more of a character study novel, but scary too. Either one is find with me. Karen 🙂

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  6. Karen I had to stop by your about page, I love to write poems, I have two books on Amazon I do not care to promote, I did it to say “I can” on the other hand I’d love to be like you. Great blog and great poems, link on my page your amazon and I will get it. Jackie~ My hobbies is Reading.

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    1. Hello, us poets always think our poetry is lacking in someway. I too feel that way. You might be surprised that someone might really “get” that poetry that you have written. So, promote it and see what happens. My hobbies are many and they include reading. So nice to hear from you and thank you so much for liking my poems. Karen 🙂

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  7. I’ve been following Charles French for quite some time, and through his blog, discovered yours. I write short fiction and poetry, and am currently working on a novel about witches–Southern witches, in my case. 🙂
    Like you, I grew up in a rural setting, (in the South) playing in the woods and creeks with five siblings and Lord-knows-how-many cousins, and those roots fuel the majority of my writing.
    I’m happy to make your acquaintance!
    Cathy

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    1. Hi Mary Cathleen, so nice to hear from you. You are a wonderful writer. I started following you a few weeks ago, through Charles French’s blog too. As you know I write short fiction too. Thank you so much for following me too. Karen 🙂

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  8. Hi Karen! Thank you for following me at Roz Morris, author! I just wanted to let you know that’s not a blog but a static site so you might never hear a peep from me there again! But there’s plenty going on at Nail Your Novel dotcom. Anyway, thanks for your interest in my work – and it’s nice to meet you.
    Roz

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    1. Hi Jane Lurie, Thank you for your beautiful photography and I love it. As has been said by others, a photograph speaks a thousands words, without saying a word. Your photographs are layered with beauty and thought. Thank so much. K. D. Dowdall 🙂

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    1. Hello GP Cox, it is nice to meet you too. You were a Pacific Paratrooper? How brave you are, a hero. Thank you for all you have done for all of us. Amazing. My father was in WWII, in the Pacific, the Philippines. He was a Lieutenant in the Army. I was a military brat, and I was once married to a Colonel in the Air Force. Did you ever live in Salmon Brook, CT. It is very small, but with so much history. Karen 🙂

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      1. First, let me clarify that I was not the paratrooper – my father Smitty was 11th Airborne. I am merely a member of the 11th A/B Assn. And, it is a friend of mine, Lavinia Ross who once lived there and now has the blog, Salmon Brooks Farms, to keep us updated on the animals, vineyard and the tree she planted in honor of my son, Michael, who passed away while in the USMC back in ’92. I do hope you will click on the link I supplied for you to visit her site as well, perhaps you know each other.
        Thank you for your reply. My readers have pretty much taken over my site. They share family stories from the war, results of combat, etc. They talk to each other, not just me and I love it!! So please do share there in the comments as well, such as what unit your father was in.

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      2. HI GP, thank you so much for clarifying and I can imagine how proud you are of your Dad. I don’t know what unit my Dad was in. I only know he had a very bad back injury and my mother use to say that my father was never the same. My three siblings and I came late into the lives of my parents (I am an identical twin) with two other siblings that followed soon after. Please accept my heartfelt condolences regarding your very brave, honorable son Michael and one of our great heroes. I worked as a volunteer nurse in the military hospital in Taiwan and as an advance practice nurse in the VA in Atlanta and I know how brave they are. Karen

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      1. Karen – Thanks so very much for the reblog on the Holiday display post. I was…and remain…honored and happy the column included could reach a wider audience through your site. Thanks again! Bruce

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  9. Hey there!

    I’m K&L from the Millionaire’s Digest and I am the Author, Publisher & CEO who runs the 300+ team, and I recently received your application to join our team.

    Anyway, this is a letter to let you know that I’ve accepted your request, so I’ve sent you an invitation to your email. Thank you!

    Sincerely,
    K&L
    The Millionaire’s Digest Author, Publisher & CEO

    P.S. – I think that’s awesome how you went from owning your own dance studio to doing something big for a company as big as Universal Studios! I admire the type of people who’ve got the same drive as me to do whatever it takes to be successful! Anyway, hope you have a good rest of the day!

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    1. Hello K&L,
      So nice to meet you. I am thrilled to be a part of Millionaire’s Digest! Thank you! I think your concept is great and with 300+ contributors thus far, everyone will be learning so many new and wonderful things as well as sharing their knowledge, their life experiences, and their writing. 🙂
      Sincerely,
      K. D.
      Karen Dowdall (Pen and Paper)

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    1. Annebelle, thank you so much and I really like Millie’s point of view as well. It is nice to see a fellow magic writer for children and older age groups too. I will be visiting your blog on a regular basis. Very refreshing! K. D. 🙂

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