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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

GAP FAMILY BLOG WELCOMES KAREN WIESNER, AUTHOR OF CODY KNOWS

CODY KNOWS follows the imagination and adventures of a single day in the life of an Indiana Jones-wanna-be toddler.

Congratulations on the release of CODY KNOWS. Please tell us more about it. What was the inspiration for this book?

Karen: My son is in high school now and has been an avid lover of books from birth. I wrote CODY KNOWS for him when he was just a baby, wanting to highlight what a unique, special child he is. He looks at the world in an unusual way that I hope will captivate others as much as it has my husband and I. Candy’s illustrations really bring out the single-day-of-adventure, harried pace we went through living with our son when he was little.

What is your favorite moment from the book?

Karen: The last page, the little angel, finally asleep while Mom and Dad collapse. It’s very true to life!

Is this your first published book?

Karen: No. Far from it, but it is a very special book to me. It was originally published in 2003 in electronic formats only, and it’s finally coming to print now with Guardian Angel. I couldn’t be happier.

We’d love to hear more about you.

I’ve had 89 books published in the past 14 years, which have been nominated for and/or won 123 awards, and 17 more titles under contract. My books cover genres as women’s fiction, romance, mystery/police procedural/cozy, suspense, paranormal, futuristic, gothic, inspirational, thriller, horror, chick-lit, and action/adventure. I also writes children’s books, poetry, and writing reference titles like my bestsellers, First Draft in 30 Days and From First Draft to Finished Novel {A Writer’s Guide to Cohesive Story Building}, available from Writer’s Digest Books. Look for Writing the Series, my next offering from Writer’s Digest Books, in May 2013. My previous writing reference titles focused on non-subsidy, royalty-paying electronic publishing, author promotion, and setting up a promotional group like my own, the award-winning Jewels of the Quill, which I founded in 2003. Jewels of the Quill produced two award-winning group anthologies per year published by Whiskey Creek Press from 2005-2011. All were edited by myself and others. Along with my writing, I enjoy designing websites, graphics, and cover art (which you can view here:

For more information about me and my work, visit my websites at http://www.karenwiesner.com, http://www.firstdraftin30days.com, http://www.falconsbend.com and http://www.JewelsoftheQuill.com. If you’d like to receive my free e-mail newsletter, Karen’s Quill, and become eligible to win my monthly book giveaways, send a blank e-mail to

How can our readers learn more about you and any upcoming events?

Karen: Visit my appearance page at

Thank you for stopping in to share CODY KNOWS with us. Readers can order their own copy of Cody Knows from GAP’s website. We are proud to add it to the ever-growing line of quality titles from Guardian Angel Publishing.

Thank you! J

10 comments:

Susan Hornbach said...

Hello, Karen and Kai. I enjoyed hearing about your many accomplishments Karen. You are an inspiration to me, and I'm sure to many others. I did review Cody Knows, and found it to be a wonderful book for toddlers. Wishing you great success.

Nancy Stewart said...

This was enjoyable. Thanks to you both, and all best wishes!

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Margot Finke said...

Karen your Cody book sounds delightfully "real" - and fun! And BOY, do you have a truck load of books to your credit. Congrats on every one of them, mate. Awesome!

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BarbaraB said...

Hi Karen, congratulations on writing all those books, and especially this kid's book. The cover by Candace gives a BIG hint as to the kind of boy Cody is.

Sharon Stanley said...

WOW! Busy busy lady. This one will be a hit with toddlers and their parents everywhere. Congratulations on this cute book and best wishes.

Karen Wiesner said...

I'm thrilled about everyone who stopped by and so generously left a comment. Cody Knows is special to me. It was the first children's book I had published and it's finally available in print, thanks to GAP. My son (who was a toddler when the book was first published by Writers Exchange) wasn't too happy with the reissue, considering he's a teenager now and everything embarrasses him, but I'm thrilled about this book. I appreciate the encouragement, all! : )

Karen Wiesner
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Melissa Abramovitz said...

Wow, 89 books! It was fun learning about such a busy lady! Best of luck on your new release.

Penelope Cole said...

Wow, Karen, lots of wonderful accomplishments! And thanks Kai for sharing this info. on Karen. You have set the bar very high. I reviewed Cody Knows, too, and wish you much success.

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