Historical background for words, inventions, people, etc. ("About" format)
Travel articles and reviews
Photography (Karren illustrates many of her own articles)
European and other travel
Teaching English as a second language (ESL)
Quilling (paper filigree)
Four-year accredited university degree.
Certified Novel Administrator
Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
Cambridge University - Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults - four week intensive course.
Various and ongoing photography workshops, seminars and short courses
Karren has a writing career spanning more than 25 years. She wrote and maintained an in-house knowledge base for colleagues while working as a network engineer. Since 2008 she has written various titles for online freelance magazine sites. Her many topics have included addressing issues for Mac, PC, printers, multimedia and Internet software. The format is often how-to, and Karren’s teaching background helps her effectively accomplish the instructions.
Karren has been writing for over 25 years. She began writing craft-related freelance articles in 2008 for online magazines. These are mostly how-tos; everything from origami to sewing couch cushion covers. Her teaching background informs her how-to articles, making them easily understandable. Karren often illustrates her article steps with her own photography. She maintains a personal photo website and a personal paper art blog presenting her own artwork.
Hundreds of articles about planting, propagating, growing and harvesting houseplants, landscape plants and garden fruit and vegetables; also many articles about building garden structures such as gazebos and pergolas.
Karren began writing over 25 years ago and began practicing gourmet and ethnic cooking around the same time. She has been writing freelance food articles, mainly detailing how to make recipes and maintain a kitchen, since 2008. Additionally, she writes articles about food history and culture, with emphasis on world cuisine. Karren published the first of her series of recipe books with accompanying travel stories, titled A Travel for Taste, in 2008.
Karren’s writing background exceeds 25 years. She published a travel book in 2008, titled A Travel for Taste, that presents Czech family recipes and tales surrounding her experiences in collecting them. This was the first of a series of travel/food books. Her freelance articles, which she began writing in 2008, concentrate on travel tips, reviews and European travel, Many of her travel articles are illustrated with her own photography. Karren writes a regular travel blog about her life in Europe.
After over 25 years of writing as part of various jobs, Karren began writing freelance articles for online magazines. Many of these titles have been hobby topics in a how-to format. The subjects include photography, model cars, making paper, origami, weaving, calligraphy, building stage sets, sewing, PVC pipe projects and travel. She maintains her own photography website and artworks blog.
For over 25 years and in almost every job position, Karren has incorporated her writing. She began writing freelance articles for online magazines in 2008. She has written various titles centered on health for online magazines. Her topics ranges from self-healthcare with an emphasis on herbal and natural solutions to health issues to choosing the best treadmill.
For over 25 years and in almost every job position, Karren has incorporated her writing. For automotive writing, she began creating auto articles in 2008 for online magazines. Her various automotive titles focus on general car maintenance such as restoring rubber trim and automotive history and culture such as German car culture.
For over 25 years and in almost every job position, Karren has incorporated her writing. She began writing freelance articles for several online magazines and content providers in 2008. Topics are widely varied and include travel, home and garden, DIY, hobbies, crafts, automotive and food.
Karren has been managing her own freelance photography and artist business since 2000. During that time she has written press releases for her art openings and exhibits, as well as for her book release in 2008 and other events
Additionally, when she served as director of an art gallery in Florida from 2007 through 2009, Karren wrote regular, twice-monthly press releases for gallery openings, educational courses and other special events.
For over 25 years and in almost every job position, Karren has incorporated her writing. She began writing freelance articles for online magazines in 2008. She maintains a personal travel blog and a personal art project blog. Karren was chosen as feature writer for online website blog on the merits of her freelance work.
Karren collected her travel journal entries and the family recipes she tasted and collected during her stint teaching English in the Czech Republic. "A Travel for Taste - Collected Czech Family Recipes" was published in 2008 and is the first in a planned series of world cusine. Each recipe is accompanied by the story of how she collected it. The book is illustrated with Karren's own photography.