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Karen Kingsbury

Author of  Divine

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Karen Kingsbury's Bio:
In just seven years as a novelist, Karen Kingsbury has come to dominate the Christian Fiction bestseller lists and amass a loyal following of readers. Kingsbury has nearly 4 million copies of her 30 books in print. Her titles consistently occupy five to seven slots on the Christian Booksellers Association's (CBA) fiction bestseller list each month. In the last six months, Kingsbury has had three books in the #1 spot on CBA's fiction list.

It is no wonder that Time Magazine dubbed Kingsbury the "queen of Christian romance." She has earned her title.

Kingsbury's emotionally-driven dramas are finding a readership that seeks riveting, uplifting and squeaky-clean contemporary stories. This award-winning author has trademarked her style as Life-Changing Fiction. Letters and emails from her readers demonstrate the power of Kingsbury's gift of teaching relationship principles through storytelling. Daily, she receives notes from readers who have restored a relationship, forgiven a loved one, or sought a life of faith due to something communicated through one of her novels.

For the first time, Kingsbury is tackling a subject that has caused a cultural firestorm--the misleading portrayal of Mary Magdalene in society today. In her novel Divine, Kingsbury uses a contemporary Mary Magdalene--known as Mary Madison--to communicate the true divinity of Christ. Kingsbury clarifies the relationship between Christ and Mary Magdalene as one of discipleship and not lovers or husband/wife.

"Mary's story--the real story--is compelling and heart-rending," Kingsbury says. "Divine takes readers into the depths of that emotion, and the life-change that came as a result of one who could only be divine."

Kingsbury is not only receiving reader recognition but industry acclaim as well. In 2005, her novel Oceans Apart received the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association's Gold Medallion Award for excellence in fiction and she received the Retailer's Choice Award from Christian Retailing Magazine for best general fiction for Beyond Tuesday Morning and best series for Reunion (Book #5 in the "Redemption" series).

Some of Kingsbury's most popular novels are those with the Baxter Family characters found in the five-book "Redemption" series and the currently two-book "Firstborn" series. These titles have collectively sold nearly 1 million copies.

Kingsbury graduated from Cal State Northridge with a degree in journalism. She started her career as a reporter for the Los Angeles times and the LA Daily News. She then began to write "true-crime" books--one of which, Deadly Pretender, was made into a CBS Movie-of-the-Week.

Kingsbury and her husband Don live in the Pacific Northwest where they are raising their six children, three of whom are adopted from Haiti.