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Karen Truesdell Riehl is an award winning actress, novelist and playwright. She acted and directed in professional and community theatre for 30 years. Her acting honors include the State of Indiana Community Theatre League's Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
She began writing for publication 12 years ago. Two of her plays, Alice in Cyberland and Getting out of Salem, were national award winners. Her writing achievements are remarkable, given her lifelong battle with dyslexia. She couldn't read until the age of ten.
Karen's novel, The Ghosts of Fort Ord was inspired by living next door to the abandoned military base for a month while her husband served as a consultant for Cal State University Monterey.
Karen's memoir, Love and Madness: My Private Years with George C. Scott, tells of her 30-year liaison with the international film star, which resulted in the birth of their out-of-wedlock love child. Karen's honesty and willingness to reveal her clandestine affair makes for a compelling page turner, as well as insight into the plight of unwed mothers in the 1950s.
Her novel, Freedom's Sins, tells the story of scandal in a fictional Indiana town, the Peyton Place of the Midwest.