Karen Cecil Smith is a novelist, biographer, poet, and award-winning 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.
She lives on a farm in North Carolina with her family and a menagerie of animals and is a member of Mary Jane’s Farmgirl Sisterhood, The Historical Novel Society, the Authors Guild, and the North Carolina Writers’ Network.