Karen J. Laubenstein
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Literary Tour of the Klondike

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sue Dawson Mar 8, 2008.

Left Coast Crime 2009 - Waikoloa Hawaii - Sun. March 8-Thurs. March 12, 2009

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Anchorage, Alaska
About Me:
I'm a writer. Project Archaeology INTRIGUE OF THE PAST juvenile detectives series--fictionalized nonfiction! Princeton Review/Random House ARCHAEOLOGY SMART JUNIOR (1997), Alaska Digital Wildlife Photography Handbook, and more. Former Washington (DC) correspondent for several newspapers. Published 13 books to date, including ghostwriting. Writer for former U.S. President in early 1990s and Senator Ted Kennedy 1987-1990. Co-coordinated Peace Corps 25th anniversary celebration, and worked with Very Special Arts Internl. WIP - The MOOSE MURDERS--first in the Alaska ungulate series. My writing sometimes scares me! Produced the 2007 Bouchercon world mystery convention publications and ads. Day job--Alaska state writer-editor for a federal agency. Grew up in Maine. Lived in MA, NY, D.C., VA, MD, CO, UT, and have lived in Alaska since 1994. 3 degrees and former Peace Corps (Benin W. Africa). Avid photographer and mom. Current President of Alaska Sisters in Crime. Deaf until June 2007 and now am a bionic woman (bionic ears!). Now, please tell me about YOU!
I Am A:
Writer, Editor
Books And Authors I Like:
Read almost a book nightly, but LOVE my eBOOK!!! (It lights up Alaska's BIG DARK). Stephen King was my creative writing teacher at the Univ. of Maine in the early 1980's - and I worked with his mother-in-law Sarah Jane Spruce, but have not read all his stuff (yet). Am now a huge fan of authors who attended Bouchercon 2007 and Left Coast Crime 2001-Anchorage-having them come to your hometown does something to your preferences.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Because I was deaf for more than 30 years and just got bionic ears (bilateral), I like movies I didn't before (great music/soundtracks!) and don't like some I did before I could hear them. Will stop there.

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The Bionic Woman - Life is Noisy

I'm confessing. It's yet another weekend where I spent as much of it as possible without my ears on. Unlike most people, it's not sci fi when I admit I can remove my ears. Some folks know about my cyborg or bionic status, but for those who don't, I had two bionic ears surgically implanted last June, and now I'm relearning the world as a noisy place.

Yes, I can hear! So well, that many people at work at my day job don't know that I was deaf for 30 years - they treat me like any… Continue

Posted on November 11, 2007 at 6:45pm

Post Bouchercon and Life Goes On

Hi, I'm in Homer, Alaska, after my husband, son, and I escorted author Jessica Speart down from Anchorage on Thursday in our Silverado pulling the 26 ft travel trailer. Jessica was just back from Authors to the Schools and her visit to Kotzebue area immediately after Bouchercon (see B'con pics - http://picasaweb.google.com/karenlaubenstein/Bouchercon2007)

When Jessica left for New York yesterday, she took my service dog, Josie, with her. It's amazing how much that little dog was such a… Continue

Posted on October 8, 2007 at 7:47am

Missed Illusions

There's a time in every writer's life where you're facing what might be your big break. Mine happened when I was working as a Congressional Fellow for Senator Kennedy in the late 1980's. His deputy press person told me about a friend of hers who was an agent with the William Morris Agency. Ah. And for most of my life, people had been telling me to write that book of all books about what it really was like being deaf in a hearing world, or trying to be deaf in the deaf world, or trying not to be… Continue

Posted on August 16, 2007 at 6:14am

Glimpses into the life

I posted photos I thought people coming to Bouchercon 2007 might like to see. Some of them are a few years old (as you can tell by the infant or toddler, who is now nearly 7 years old)... but I was looking at what I took around the time of our upcoming Bouchercon and can get an idea of what we keep trying to explain. Yeah, I AM a firm believer that sometimes the images are better than the words. Enjoy!

Posted on August 8, 2007 at 2:15pm — 1 Comment

The Bionic Woman - Sorta

It was the strangest feeling - reading this article someone wrote that seemed to be writing about me and my life growing up as a hearing person who couldn't hear (i.e., was Deaf) and even the stint in Africa in the Peace Corps! Lastly, was the experience of bionic ears and being able to really hear in a way hearing aids can never do. Several folks sent me the article - sheesh - wonder why?

Then I learned the author, Josh Swiller, has a book coming out Sept. 7-UNHEARD: A MEMOIR OF… Continue

Posted on August 7, 2007 at 2:27pm

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At 12:30am on August 19, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi Karen , I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit www.acircleofsouls.com to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. You can also read more reviews by clicking on the More Reviews button at the website. Thanks for your time in advance.

Best regards

Preetham Grandhi

Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”

Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."

Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"

Book Synopsis:

The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
At 3:58am on August 27, 2008, carole gill said…
Hi Karen!
Haven't said hello in ages, how's Alaska and you?
I've completed something, but am now revising and editing and RE-WRITING!
what a hard slog!
anyway just wanted to say hi to you!
At 4:53am on June 6, 2008, Jean Henry Mead said…
Thanks for the add, fellow Sister in Crime. I've been enjoying your beautiful Alaskan photos, and had better get busy and post some pictures of my own. :-)
At 7:45am on June 5, 2008, Jean Henry Mead said…
I enjoyed visiting your beautiful state some years ago and would love to see more of it. I'm also in the process of writing my first children's mystery after ten adult books.
At 2:20pm on March 24, 2008, L.J. Sellers said…
Hello Sister in Crime
You've had an impressive career. Writing for young people is challenging. I recently worked on a reading program for early grades, and it was the hardest job I've ever had.
At 7:16am on March 9, 2008, Lawrence Light said…
Hey Karen! How are things up north? Meredith and I were just talking about what fun we had with you at Bouchercon. Will you be at the next one?
At 10:27pm on December 16, 2007, Ken Isaacson said…
Thanks for finding the interview on Poe's Deadly Daughters! It was fun to do, and Sandra asked some really tough questions--even I learned something about myself in the process!

B-Con 2007 was a blast...next up is LCC in Denver.

Where in MA did you live? I went to school there, and we have family still on the north shore....
At 2:31pm on October 30, 2007, Hailey Lind said…
Thank you for your comments, Karen! I, too, am sorry we didn't get a chance to talk in Anchorage...I loved my visit to Alaska, though, so maybe I'll come again! Thanks for linking to my blog site -- my photos don't do justice to the harsh beauty of Hooper Bay, but I tried to give a feel for the place, anyway. Thanks again for being my first connection on Crimespace! This is a new experience for me...I have to figure out how to get friends!
At 9:53am on October 30, 2007, Simon Wood said…

So much has happened since I got back from Alaska, I don't know if I'm on foot or horseback. Paying the Piper isn't going to ebook, yet. There will be some more short stories going online soon in the mean time. I'm still in deadline hell and I won't be clear of it until the new year. That's when I'll be able to plan what's going to happen next and where. :-)
At 1:40pm on October 27, 2007, Morgan OReilly said…
Karen, I will do my best to be at the Nov meeting. Since I'm not sure what is happening from one day to the next, and that is two days before my publishers release day, I may get caught up in editing. But I'll try.

As for booksignings, the very nature of e-books doesn't produce a book to sign. I will, however, have my bookmarks made up by then and those will be signed. If I make it to the meeting I'll bring bunches.

As for being brave enough to read it... well... with the book on your computer it can easily be hidden away if you're interrupted! LOL. I know it isn't great literature, but there is room for mind candy too. It is certainly a playful little book *wink* but not for everyone.

Thanks for keeping in touch with me! I want to meet up with the AKSINC again soon. You all are too much fun!

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