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Laurel, MD
About Me:
Karen Syed is the proud owner of Echelon Press Publishing and has published more than 100 novels for some of the freshest voices in the industry. Every day is a new success story for her as she continues to grow herself and her business. She has seen eight of her own novels published, along with numerous articles and short stories. As a former bookstore owner, she garnered a nomination from Publishers Weekly for their Bookseller of the Year award. She sits on the Board of the Maryland Writers Association and is a member of GLBA, SinC, MWA, and ITW. You can learn more about Karen Syed at www.hartofthematter.com.
Books And Authors I Like:
*James Lee Burke: In the Electric Mist With the Confederate Dead
*Alifair Burke: Missing Justice
*Julia Spencer Fleming: In the Bleak Midwinter
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
* The West Wing
*Gilmore Girls
*The Weeds
*Monarch of the Glen (BBC)
*Ballykissangel (BBC)
*MI-5 (BBC)
*Criminal Minds
*Ghost Whisperer
*All Creatures Great and Small(BBC)
*As Time Goes By (BBC)

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Back to Nature: A THRILLING trip to the library

Yup, I hit the library every day. I check out audios and DVD's. Normally a very uneventful trip, to be sure, but Friday was a whole nother kettle of fish. Well, not really fish. One never thinks that the library is a place closely associated with the creatures of nature, but let me tell you a story.

I'm in the back of the library (DVD section) and all is peaceful--as it should be in the library. All of a sudden, I hear this incredible pounding at the front of the library.…


Posted on April 15, 2007 at 1:45am — 3 Comments

Stalking Alifair Burke

Hear ye, hear ye. Please accept this as formal notification that I am Alifair Burke's official stalker. I do solemly swear to drop her name shamelessly at every opportunity (she can tell you that I once offered her my left arm--one of my more humiliating moments at Bouchercon in Chicago when I first met her at her signing--anyway), I will tirelessly follow her around the Internet and tell people that we are bosom buddies, that she adores me, and that she is every bit the talented writer that…


Posted on April 13, 2007 at 10:34am — 1 Comment

Book signing, author events, or book parties?

As long as I have been reading, I love going to author events and books signings. I used to own a bookstore and that was one of my favorite things to do...I've hosted events by tons of authors including Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Denise Swanson. I just love chatting with the authors and getting to know them and I love getting books signed. I have autographed copies from James Lee Burke, Alifair Burke, Joe Konrath, Robert Goldsborough, Jill Barnett, Tasha Alexander, Julia Buckley, David…


Posted on April 10, 2007 at 12:37am

Winning over readers?

I have been reading for longer than I can remember. I will read anything...books, papers, shampoo bottles...do you know how much information is actually on the plastic around new toilet paper? Oy!

At any rate, there was a time when I would just pick something up and read. I think we've all been there. I know a few people who still are. They will literally read whatever they pick up first. I have become much more selective. Perhaps it is maturity...hmmm...naaah! I think it is…


Posted on March 30, 2007 at 10:45pm — 5 Comments

Favorite Author and Why

When I came up with that subject, I thought it would be easy. Now I fear I have to actually pick one. But I can't so I will pick two.

I'd say my favorite would be James Lee Burke. When I read my first Burke book, I was blown away. The man is a genius with words. He is one of very few authors that writes in first person who I enjoy, I don't think most authors get the full point of first person...it's about being in one person's head! Burke is a master, I can't think of any…


Posted on March 30, 2007 at 2:12am — 2 Comments

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At 5:55pm on February 27, 2009, Jon Jordan said…
At 4:04pm on March 27, 2008, L.J. Sellers said…
I remembered it (Book Place) and I'm trying to have a presence there too. And beefing up my profile on Facebook. My MySpace page is still in limbo. I need to find someone I can pay to modify it. Slow, steady inroads ....along with everyone else!
At 8:18am on February 17, 2008, L.J. Sellers said…
Hi Karen
I've been reading your posts on DL and MMA and wanted to say hello. Also, you mentioned another crime writer site recently, and I thought I bookmarked it, but now I can't find it or remember the name.
At 6:09am on February 13, 2008, Allan E. Ansorge said…
Hey, your the one who said, "get out there on the web." LIM panel

At 10:33pm on October 6, 2007, carole gill said…
Hi Karen! God! I thought I had a lot of friends?! Can I be you 467th? Holy moly!!
At 12:51am on May 8, 2007, Meredith Anthony said…
Karen-- Thanks for your note. And right back at you! Without Twin Peaks there would never have been a Lost or a Sopranos. Exciting TV and a crucial cultural event. And, yes, Kozo ROCKS!! I lived in MD for several years (St. John's College and JHU for grad school in writing). Next time I'm in the neighborhood, I could look you up. Kindred spirits!!
At 5:48am on April 17, 2007, Delphine Cingal said…
Thanks for the invite. I am happy to have a contact in the American publishing world, I am myself chief editor of a collection of classics in English with a French publisher
At 12:21am on April 17, 2007, Maxine Schmidt said…
Hi, Karen. I love hearing about people's Adventures in the Library. Of course, I have them five days a week, but mostly they involve bipedal mammals. And usually not the police and Animal Control at the same time. THAT'S an adventure!
At 7:59am on April 15, 2007, Patricia said…
Thanks for the friending Karen, nice to meet you
At 4:04am on April 15, 2007, Maryann Miller said…
Hi Karen, we meet again in another venue. Glad to be here as one of your friends.

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