Karen Kingsbury is an acclaimed novelist hailing from Virginia who is widely revered for her uplifting stories of faith that have touched millions worldwide.
She is also a sought-after public speaker, regularly appearing at national events with over 100,000 attendees each year. Liberty University opened the Karen Kingsbury Center for Creative Writing in 2017.
Early Life and Education
Karen Kingsbury was born June 8, 1963 in Fairfax Virginia but later relocated due to her father’s job. At California State University Northridge she earned a bachelor of journalism.
She began as a reporter writing heart-wrenching human interest pieces before transitioning into fiction writing with Missy’s Murder, inspired by an actual murder case she covered as a reporter.
After changing careers, she transitioned into Christian fiction writing with themes of love, forgiveness and redemption. Her stories quickly became #1 bestsellers; many have even been made into heartwarming Hallmark movies! Additionally, Kingsbury also composed several songs for country singer Richie McDonald as well as writing two for country singer Richie McDonald himself! Tyler Russell Kingsbury is her son who works in filmmaking as both director and screenwriter.
Karen Kingsbury is an award-winning novelist and adjunct professor of writing at Liberty University. She has written many best-selling novels including Maggie’s Christmas Miracle, Like Dandelion Dust, Every Woman’s Dream and Gideon’s Gift.
Before becoming a novelist, she worked as a sports reporter for both the Los Angeles Times and Daily News in California. In 1991 she published her first novel: Missy’s Murder.
She has achieved much in pursuing her goals, inspiring many through her engrossing books. Despite many challenges she has overcome, she remains upbeat and remains focused on reaching her goals. She serves as an inspirational role model for young women everywhere and encourages followers to chase after their goals regardless of any obstacles that may come in their way.
Achievement and Honors
Karen Kingsbury is one of America’s beloved inspirational novelists, selling millions of her Life-Changing FictionTM books and topping national bestseller lists. Additionally, she serves as an active public speaker reaching over 100,000 women annually through various national events.
She currently resides in Tennessee with her husband Don and five sons – three adopted from Haiti – whom they share custody with. She has written over 20 novels that have been turned into heartwarming Hallmark television movies such as The Bridge, A Time to Dance and Maggie’s Christmas Miracle.
She is also a proud grandmother who frequently shares pictures of her grandchildren on social media. Additionally, she actively supports Christian and family-focused charities; for this good deed she has received multiple awards and honors.
Karen Kingsbury lives a fulfilling family life, raising four children and five grandchildren. As a devout Christian with strong beliefs in God, these guiding values have guided her throughout her career and life journey.
At first, she served as a journalist writing sports and front-page general assignment stories for newspapers; later she would transition into becoming their editor.
Her debut book, Missy’s Murder, was inspired by a murder case she covered as a reporter and initially was turned away by mainstream publishers due to not including any profane language or sexual imagery; eventually it found a home with Christian publishing house.
She has published over one hundred books, both novels and short stories, in addition to co-writing several inspirational films featured on the Hallmark Channel.
Kingsbury stands out in an industry where publishers celebrate writers if they produce two manuscripts each year; she instead produces five each year and regularly lectures to budding authors on her experience and knowledge.
She and her husband reside on a hilltop in Vancouver, Washington in a modern Tudor house. Both are widely known for sharing emotionally stirring human-interest stories from their personal lives that often tear at heartstrings.
Kingsbury is best known for her 9/11 series, Lost Love series, Redemption series and Bailey Flanigan series books. To date she has published over 85 novels with six million copies in print sold worldwide. Additionally she teaches creative writing courses at Liberty University while keeping her personal life under wraps – currently she is not dating anyone and remains faithfully involved with her church community.