Karen Truesdell Riehl
Karen Truesdell Riehl's writing achievements are remarkable, given her lifelong battle with dyslexia. She was unable to read until the age of ten. Her published works now include a memoir, Love and Madness: My Private Years with George C. Scott, telling of her 30-year hidden liaison with the international film star, five novels, eight plays and a radio comedy series, The Quibbles, available from ArtAge Publications at http://www.seniortheatre.com/product/the-quibbles-radio-shows/. Her children's play, Alice in Cyberland, was an award winner in the National Southwest Writers Contest.
The Ghosts of Fort Ord was inspired by living for a month near the abandoned military base.
After having lived for several years in Terre Haute, Karen was inspired to write a story about scandals in a fictional small town in Indiana, Freedom's Sins.
Saturday Night Dance Club, was inspired by a true story of four couples, from the 1900's to 1930's, touched by the Great War, organized crime, the Depression and the threat of another war, finding sanctuary in their weekly dance club.
In the romance novel, Hello Again, Shannon Taggert falls in love with Nate, a graduate student teaching assistant. But there's another woman in Nate's life, Tally, the daughter of Walter, his mentor and benefactor. Before meeting Shannon, as Walter lay dying, Nate promised to marry his daughter.
Drawing from her own experience, Karen wrote Bad Girl: A Play. The Safe Haven Home for Unwed Mothers provides shelter from a judgmental society, but reveals its hypocrisy as well. The young women from all levels of society, rich and poor, share only their shame.
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Ghosts of the Queen Mary
Toots, a writer of sexy romance novels, and Max, both in their sixties, enjoy a weekend “cruise” on the Queen Mary, a ship docked for forty years in Long Beach, California and thought to be haunted. At dinner in Sir Winston's Restaurant, the couple experience a ghost sighting of their own. It's the Duke and Duchess of Windsor!
Helga: Growing Up in Hitler's Germany
Ten-year-old Helga is forced to join the Hitler youth movement's weekly meetings, where lies and tasty treats are used to entice her allegiance to the Fuhrer. As the war draws nearer to her home in Berlin, Helga is sent away to a Hitler Youth training camp. Her gradual disillusionment, followed by her harrowing escape home, is a coming-of-age story of a young girl's survival of Nazi mind control
Bad Girl: A Play
From the playwright...
I wrote this play as a reminder of the harsh, unforgiving times that were the 1950’s, when uncomfortable words and actions were swept under the rug. If the dialogue sounds last century, or events seem improbable, we can be grateful they do. It's a fictionalized account of what happened to "girls in trouble." But the story is true. I lived it.
During her final semester at a San Diego university, Shannon falls in love with Nate, a graduate student teaching assistant. Before saying goodbye for the summer, the two pledge a lasting love. But there's another woman in Nate's life back in his Boston hometown. Tally is the daughter of his mentor and benefactor, Walter. Nate vowed to Walter on his deathbed that he'd marry his daughter.
Saturday Night Dance Club
Pearl's young world is shattered when Papa orders her to leave home. She takes with her the secret of catching Papa in the pantry with the maid. Pearl finds a job in the city. On weekends she heads downtown to the Canteen to volunteer as a "suitable young lady" to dance with the boys in uniform. Pearl considers this her patriotic duty --until Will sweeps her into his arms and heart.
The author of a bestselling memoir, Love and Madness, My Private Years With George C. Scott, Karen Truesdell Riehl turns to fiction in this tale of love, sex, suicide and scandal in a small town in Indiana.The charred remains of the Cameron house is the site of an unsolved arson fire, evoking fear and fascination in those with hidden connections to it.
Love and Madness: My Private Years with George C. Scott
Film and theater audiences were attracted to George C. Scott's powerful stage presence and charisma, as was Karen Truesdell, a Stephens College theatre student. After performing with him on stage, a long term love relationship developed. Her liaison with Scott spanned 30 years as his hidden mistress and mother of his child. Truesdell Riehl's account makes a compelling page turner.
The Ghosts of Fort Ord
After she becomes pregnant with twins, Olivia Bauer is haunted by ghostly dreams of dead soldiers. Her husband Michael passes them off as nothing more than the result of indigestion. He doesn't believe in ghosts.
Olivia and Michael move to an area next to an abandoned military base. As she explores the ruins of old Fort Ord, Olivia's recurring nightmare is about to become a reality.
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