Friday, March 18, 2011

Get to Know the Author: Karen Cogan

Today's Get to Know You guest is Karen Cogan, an award winning multi-published author! 

JDP: Welcome Karen! Did your mother read to you as a child?

Karen: My mother read to me often as a child.  I loved stories about animals and she had to read them to me over and over.

JDP: Do you remember a favorite book from your childhood?

Karen: A favorite book I remember is Caddy Woodlawn that I read to myself when I was middle-grade. I loved prarie stories at that time and Carol Ryrie Brink was my favorite author.

JDP: Name a favorite author as an adult

Karen: As an adult, Dean Koontz is a favorite author.

JDP: Share a book you’ve read multiple times.

Karen: Dean Koontz’s Watchers.

JDP: Kindle, Nook, or good old hard copy?

Karen: Hard copy!

JDP: What’s your favorite place to read?

Karen: I like to read in bed or curled on my sofa.

JDP: What are your three favorite reading genres?

Karen: The genres I like best are sweet romance, suspense and inspirational.

JDP: What’s the last book you read?

Karen: The last book I read was Frankenstein by Dean Koontz.

JDP: Dean Koontz has written a version of Frankenstein? I’ll have to check that out! What are you’re reading now?

Karen: Right now, I am reading Everyone Communicates, Few Connect by John Maxwell.

JDP: What’s next on your reading list?

Karen: I plan to read What the Night Knows by Dean Koontz next.

JDP: What you would like to read more of? (author, genre, etc)

Karen: I would like to read more Dean Koontz because I admire his writing skill and I like books that keep me turning pages.

JDP: Share a favorite book that you’ve read in the last 12 months

Karen: Heat Lightening, by ???

JDP: Thank you so much for joining us today, Karen!

More about Karen! : Karen Cogan has a background in elementary education and has written children’s books, one of which recently won the Moonbeam Award for best multicultural story and book adoption for the state of New Mexico, as well as many articles and stories. She has historical and inspirational romance novels published by Avalon Books, The White Rose Press, and The Wild Rose Press. 
Karen lives with her family in the Southwest, where she enjoys the opportunity for outdoor activities with her husband, children, and enough assorted pets to fill a small zoo. You can also visit Karen at http//

Publications by Karen Cogan (excluding extensive magazine publications)

Prodigal Heart—America House
Now Love Never Lies—The Wild Rose Press
Fragile Dreams—The Wild Rose Press
The Mysterious Marquis-- The Wild Rose Press
Her Own Sweet Time—Coming Soon—The Wild Rose Press
The Secret of Castlegate Manor—Avalon Books
A Flame in the Wind—Avalon Books
Stolen Dreams—Avalon Books
An Artful Deception—Avalon Books
The Secret of Holly Green Manor—Avalon Books
Pancho Finds A Home—New Mexico School Pick and Moonbeams Multicultural Award—Azro Press
My Big Brother Ben—Richard Owen
Forget Me Not—White Rose Press

All books are available on  

Summary of Forget Me Not:

School secretary, Miranda Wilkins, is thrilled when Paul Green walks into her life. The handsome gym coach is everything she wants in a man--except for one problem. He's stopped trusting in a loving God. As she attempts to persuade Paul to trust, her own faith is tested. Her mother is gradually becoming mentally and physically incapacitated by a mysterious illness, and her father and sister are suffering from a strain that threatens to tear the family apart. Will Miranda have the strength to be a witness to Paul, or will her tribulations and his anger at God cause him to drift from her?  

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