Kari has been writing or editing or translating or teaching–sometimes all at once–since the ’90s. She is currently serving as Vice President of the Frederick Chapter of the Maryland Writers’ Association. Kari is also an active member of SCBWI, attending conferences and writers’ retreats. An advocate of lifelong learning, she matriculates in the McDaniel College Master’s Certificate program Writing for Children and Young Adults. She is also an annual scholarship judge for Mensa, and a Girl Scout Troop Co-Leader.
She is adjunct faculty at Frederick Community College, teaching English as a Second Language, and occasionally subs at International Language Institute, where she taught previously. She is well-traveled domestically (all 50 States!) and abroad (nearly 40 countries), and she’s a former translator/interpreter. At different parts of her life, she has been fluent in Spanish, Arabic, and German.
Kari’s education in Writing includes: Writing Fiction (The College of William & Mary, undergraduate); Writing Picture Books, as well as Nonfiction for Children and Young Adults (McDaniel College); and workshops, conferences, and retreats (SCBWI, MWA). Other influential instruction includes Linguistics coursework, which gives Kari insight into rhythm, rhyme, and phonological phenomena affecting the read-aloud experience of a picture book (George Mason, M.A., Linguistics; and undergraduate work at The College of William and Mary).
“The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.” -Muhammad Ali
Kari is an Air Force veteran, and is happily married to an Air Force retiree. The military taught her husband patience, which he exercises on a daily basis. Kari wasn’t in the military long enough to learn patience. Their daughter, Sequoia, unfortunately takes after her.
Favorite authors: Bill Bryson, Carl Hiaasen, Jeffrey Archer, Dr. Seuss, Judy Blume
Favorite picture books: Jeremy Draws a Monster, The Lorax, I Wish That I Had Duck Feet, How Do I Love You (Hallinan), A Good Day.
Which books most influenced my life: The Forgotten Door, A Wrinkle in Time, The Mixed-Up Files of Basil E Frankweiler, A Walk in the Woods, and the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure series.
Favorite illustrators: David Catrow, Jerry Pinkney.
How I write: I write to total silence as much as possible, and I do a disturbingly large amount of writing in the bathroom. When the mood strikes, I write, be it on my desktop, in a notebook, on a napkin, or on my hand.