Karen Cecil Smith

Selected Works

"Both informative and entertaining, Pillow of Thorns is a model of historical fiction."
–Lee Smith
AWARDS: 2013 Clark Cox Historical Fiction Award
"Well-researched book about the tragic life and times of the region's most famous midwife."
–Wanda Urbanska
Children's Picture Book/Fiction
"A wonderful book that could easily become a regular part of the Christmas season."
–NC Society of Historians
AWARDS: 2009 Clark Cox Historical Fiction Award

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Karen Cecil Smith is a biographer, poet, and award-winning novelist and children’s picture book author. A love of history is reflected in all of her books. She strives to make her writing as historically accurate as possible, while developing stories that educate as well as entertain. Pillow of Thorns, her most recent release and first novel, is based on an actual North Carolina murder trial that took place in 1850.

Karen attended Guilford College and holds a BA in English from Salem College. During her last semester at Salem, she became a freelance writer for a local magazine. After graduation, Karen worked as a newspaper reporter, photographer, and editor. Her stories and poetry have been featured in national magazines and literary journals.