Karen Pierce Gonzalez


Karen Pierce Gonzalez is an award winning fiction and nonfiction writer. Literary honors have been received from the national Pushcart Prize, National League of American Pen Women, California Writers Association, and others.

She has authored several books, including Family Folktales: What Are Yours, Family Folktales: Write Your Own Family Stories and Black Pepper Visions: Food Stories You Can Eat.

Her work has appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, North Bay Biz Journal, Australian Trade Community Journal, Verde, Sonoma Mandala, Marin Independent Journal, and Zahir Tales as well as other magazines and newspapers.

She has long been interested in folktales and folklore and has published numerous articles based upon folkloric research into a variety of folklore subjects, including scarecrows as a folk art form. Academic training includes a Bachelor of Arts degrees in Creative Writing and Anthropological Linguistics/Folklore from Sonoma State University in California. Her professional memberships include the Western States Folklore Society. Other folklore –related credits include being a folklore columnist and radio show guest for Big Blend Magazine. Writing experience also includes 15+ years as a writing workshop facilitator.

She founded FolkHeart Press in 2007 and is also CEO of Karen Pierce Gonzalez Public Relations. She lives in Northern California where many forms of folklore flourish.

Smashwords Interview

Why stories about food?
Foodlore - one of the more popular categories of folklore - is a 'tasty' way for each culture (each society) to pass on information about their customs,and beliefs. For example, in some cultures certain foods are either appreciated or prohibited during specific times, such as holy days and celebrations (i.e., oranges during the Chinese New Year, and only unleavened bread during Passover).
The rich nature of these food traditions have been passed down for generations not only as recipes but as folk wisdom. These original food stories reflect some of that folk wisdom.
What is your relationship to food lore?
I am a fiction writer (and folklorist/anthropologist) who learned when facilitating writing workshops that writers wanted to write about what they knew and they wanted to do so in ways that reflected what people, places, things, and events meant to them personally. Sometimes that was very pragmatic and sometimes the telling took on qualities of magic realism, like those included in this book
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