Karen Dale Trask


Born Karen Dale Stefaniak, and raised in Dearborn, Michigan, Karen had the opportunity to circumnavigate the globe by the ripe old age of 17. She experienced the treasures of the world first hand on her trips to many continents and countries by the age of 21. She then graduated with a BFA from Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she majored in Advertising.

Since moving to Arizona in 1978, Karen has worn a variety of hats, utilizing her many talents in the areas of design, writing and teaching. While working for a variety of small companies and large corporations she was responsible for creating technical drawings, writing technical manuals and advertising copy. She has designed thousands of small format layouts and her illustrations have been used in brochures, on packaging and in trade show displays.

Karen also enjoyed the several years she spent teaching a variety of art classes and photography to children and adults. Being blessed with equal left and right brain abilities, in addition to her visual arts, she has also enjoyed writing since her youth. The extremely determined Trask published her first suspense novel in 1997, and continues to create and publish manuscripts for screenplays, novels, children’s stories, and stage plays.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Dearborn, Michigan. I was surrounding by brilliant people, inventors, creators. How can that not rub off on a person!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was tired of wasting time and money only to be rejected by the big publishers. People enjoy the way I write, they like my paranormal stories. I wanted to get all these thoughts out of my head and into the minds of people who enjoy a good ghost story.
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Where to find Karen Dale Trask online


A Hauntingly Different Life
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 24,970. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2014. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Christine Marie Bay is sensitive to all things paranormal, which makes her life just a bit different than just about everyone else's. A Hauntingly Different Life is about one particular day in her life when she encounters haunted coins and haunted houses, as she scouts out homes for friends moving to the tiny town with the hills and a world-famous fountain; the town Chris calls home.
Forgive Us Our Typos
Price: Free! Words: 3,240. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
An indie author's perspective on the frequency of typos found in Indie-authored books.
The Great Still Life Adventure
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,010. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Christine Marie Bay, sensitive to all things paranormal, receives an unusual envelope in the mail, which is followed up by an out-of-the-blue phone call from Scott Bennett of Edwardsville; after which a mysterious package arrives. All of which leads Chris on a wonderfully unusual adventure with new friends, and eventually reminds Chris of a very special gift she once received so very long ago.
Herkimer Takes A Hike
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 11,080. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2013. Category: Fiction » Inspirational
An apprehensive bear cub goes in search of a new place to live. A story to teach young readers, and remind older readers, the rewards of finding the courage and perseverance to tackle the unknown, believing in yourself and others, while on the great adventure otherwise known as Life!
These Haunted Gems
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,050. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Christine Marie Bay, a woman who is sensitive to all things paranormal loves collecting vintage jewelry. But as Chris knows all too well, these gems could hold the stories of the previous owners. Some happy, some sad, some treacherous, some intriguing, with some gems even holding secrets that have been buried, literally, for over a hundred years.
Next Time
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,910. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Sometimes it takes soul mates forever to get together - especially when someone is trying to make sure they never do. An attack at a renaissance festival brings two people together in pursuit of the story. They also realize they seem to share the same dream they've had throughout their lives. A dream which includes the haggard creature who is wanted for questioning regarding the attack.
Stealing Back The Moon
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 53,950. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
A vacation of a lifetime turns deadly, as a couple from Arizona are caught in the middle of a centuries old silent war between two native tribes in which each hope to gain possession of a gift that the moon once gave to the people of the earth. Long ago, when the tribes were united, this gift was their most prized possession throughout the centuries. A gift that could bring life or death.
A Secret Within
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 95,950. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
An inheritance...That’s supposed to be a good thing, isn’t it? It is not until the death of Mr. Jon Bennett that several people in the small town of Edwardsville, Arizona learn that their interwoven lives have been based upon lies, deception, and fear. But most importantly, they learn that no matter how deeply buried, secrets can be very dangerous things.

Karen Dale Trask’s tag cloud

adventures    antiques    arizona    art    artist    artists    attack    bear cubs    bears    clocks    creativity    death    desert    designer    diary    eagles    edwardsville    festival    fountain hills    gems    ghosts    golden orb    greed    haunted    haunted houses    hiking    indie author    jewelry    journal    kidnapping    life lessons    lilac trees    moon    native american    new friends    new home    newspaper    old coins    old houses    paranormal    perfection    photographer    photography    proofreading    renaissance    self publishing    silver mine    small town    spirits    still life    suspense    timetravel    typos   

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Smashwords book reviews by Karen Dale Trask

  • Socks on April 20, 2013

    Great imagery and cadence. Great short story, the author really brought the characters to life for me in a very few words.
  • Wild Stabs at Love or Something Like it on May 20, 2013

    Great read, very good imagery. I liked the cover too!
  • The House Spider on May 29, 2013

    A definite page-turner! Keep writing, Sir, keep writing!!!
  • Bare Knuckled Project Management: How to Succeed at Every Project on May 30, 2013

    A MUST read. BKPM is real page-turner and very well written. I will be getting the word out about Think Systems, Inc. and Tony Gruebl.
  • The Time Travel Trailer on Nov. 13, 2014

    A wonderful slice of life story with an intriguing twist, and another twist, and another twist. An easy read that will keep you turning pages, wondering where everyone will end up next!