Buckeye Crime Writers lost a true friend and advocate in April of this year with the passing of long-time member Karen Harper. A New York Times and USA Today bestseller and a winner of the Mary Higgins Clark award, Karen wrote over seventy novels including romantic suspense, historicals, and mysteries. Her most recent mystery, Deep in the Alaskan Woods, was published in April, and her newest historical, The Queen’s Secret, came out in May.
Karen was born in Toledo and obtained her bachelor’s degree from Ohio University in Athens and her graduate degree from The Ohio State University in Columbus. She lived in Columbus for many years and spent a number of winters in Naples, Florida. She taught English at OSU and Westerville North High School.
Although most people will remember Karen as a prolific and talented writer and a wonderful teacher, we at Buckeye Crime Writers will also remember her as a cherished friend and mentor. She joined our organization soon after it was formed in April 2008, and she was the first speaker at our annual holiday party. Always encouraging and generous with her time, she was a regular presence at our meetings and served as a speaker any time we asked her. She loved to travel, especially to the British Isles, and incorporated the details from her trips into her wonderful stories. She was an avid fan of OSU football, tireless in her love and care of her family, and a pillar in our local writing community. We miss her terribly, but we hope to honor her by continuing to read and promote her books.