Karen Truesdell Riehl

Biography

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.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My hometown is Seattle, Washington, the setting for Saturday Night Dance Club. You can read about my 7-months in New York, living with an actor who later became a film star, in my memoir, Love and Madness: My Private Years with George C. Scott. In Freedoms Sins I drew inspiration to write a novel about small town scandal from living in New England and Terre Haute, Indiana. I now live in Carlsbad, California, one of the settings for my latest two novels, Hello Again and The Ghosts of Fort Ord. Experiencing life in different regions of the country widens my understanding of the characters I create.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Hello Again, a romance novel, is currently available as a preorder from Smashwords, with a publication date scheduled for Valentine's Day, 2014. It's the story of Shannon, a young woman about to graduate from college, who falls in love with Nate, a graduate student teaching assistant. Shortly before graduation day Shannon discovers Nate is engaged to marry Tally, the daughter of a man who's been like a father to him after his own father died. Nate promises to break his engagement when he heads back home to see Tally. But fate and faint-heartedness get in the way of that promise. Shannon discovers she's pregnant. Nate marries Tally, and Shannon raises their son alone, telling him his father is dead. After twenty years of separation, fate steps in again to bring Shannon and Nate back together, this time carrying with them the baggage of lies and broken promises.
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Where to find Karen Truesdell Riehl online


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Books

Helga: Growing Up in Hitler's Germany
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 58,620. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2014. Category: Fiction » Historical » General
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
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Price: Free! Words: 15,680. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2014. Category: Plays » Women Authors
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.
Hello Again
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 66,050. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00 from 1 review)
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
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Price: Free! Words: 67,900. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » USA
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.
Freedom's Sins
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Price: Free! Words: 66,760. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Drama
(5.00 from 1 review)
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
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 88,250. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
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
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Price: Free! Words: 34,160. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
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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