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 because she could wear jeans and tee shirts in that department, and she could better utilize her love of photography in that field.
In addition to photography and segmenting space, Karen also has had a love for writing and cinematography since elementary school. She has written over a dozen paranormal screenplays and novels, some of which are for sale via your favorite e-book retailer. Karen actually writes a screenplay first and then fleshes it out into novel format. Because of her background in design and photography, Karen creates her own novel and screenplay cover art.
Having always been a dreamer and list maker, she created a Big Dream To-Do List when she was just ten years old. The list included such things as travel the world and own land. A lot of land. Many decades later she can finally say that her dreams have all come true.
Karen and her husband are now living out their retirement years off-grid on their 48 acres of land in the middle of nowhere, which is actually located somewhere in New Mexico, U.S.A. She continues to take photographs, write her manuscripts, and design fabric when time permits between the many chores that need tending to on the ranch.
Dreams can come true, but first you have to DREAM, and then you have to BELIEVE. Being THANKFUL and GRATEFUL for everything IS everything, and HARD WORK is a given.
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.
Jordan Haines and Carlysle Pardee land a modeling assignment at an art studio, but Carlysle's actual assignment is to get to the bottom of the disappearance of several female models suspected to have been murdered. Carlysle is also about to fall in love all over again, which could jeopardize his assignment, possibly even his life, as the secrets of an artistic family are exposed.
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!
The Gift was given to me, precisely at 1:02 p.m., on a Friday, the 27th day of May. The Gift did not appear all wrapped in fancy paper and ribbon, nor was it surrounded by all the other gifts of flowers, cards and telegrams sent to me or my parents by relatives and friends.
It was a quiet and a very unassuming gift. It was not a gift to be opened right then. It was a gift to be opened later.
on Oct. 19, 2015
Great story that pulled me through easily, and honestly, gave me chills a few times!
on Aug. 01, 2018
Great writing style. I smiled, then chuckled, then laughed. A great combination of characters and story line make this novel by Shana Saban a real page turner. I'm looking forward to reading more from Shana Saban. Something tells me it won't take Shana Saban another ten years to write her next book. At least I hope it won't.