I can't remember a time when I didn't want to write or wasn't writing.
As a little girl growing up in the Bronx, I told my friends stories I made up, but pretended were true (imagined reality was better received by the audience). I wrote my first short story when I was twelve. In middle school, I'd submit book reports about my own stories with fake author names. Never caught and always received an A. Under my graduation picture in the Evander Childs High School yearbook next to "ambition," it said writer. Marriage, children, and career sidelined my true passion, but didn't squelch it.
Getting It Right came to me in scenes. I finished the first draft in a year. It took a very long time to re-write it. Since finishing it, I've written two more books and am working on a fourth.
For forty-two years, like my protagonist Kara, I suffered the consequences of childhood sexual abuse, before finding a therapist who helped me navigate a healing journey. During these years of gut-wrenching work, I freed secrets and worked through their aftermath. Along the way, I met dozens of other survivors. I explored their narratives, motivations, successes, and setbacks. I learned the restorative power of generosity, gratitude, redemption, and forgiveness. Today, I live in Florida with my husband of forty-nine years. Together we have two children and two grandchildren.
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Karen is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University's Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. She founded The Osborne Group, a philanthropy and organizational management consulting firm, now run by her son, Robert Osborne, Jr.
Awarded for excellence as a motivational speaker and trainer, she is the recipient of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education's Crystal Apple for public speaking and the Ashmore Award for Outstanding Service. Karen serves on the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Board.