Whispering Pine Press International, Inc. publishes books by authors that share our vision of making available wholesome reading and educational materials that are aimed at today’s family. WPPI especially welcomes unpublished works that represent life in Washington State’s Inland Empire or North Central regions, or the Pacific Northwest as a whole. We are foremost a grassroots publishing enterprise with a desire to explore our common experiences here at home. In addition, we also welcome authors of books that offer learning opportunities for children as well as those that reflect the spiritual and social realities that are shared by all.
Whispering Pine Press International, Inc. was established in 1999 by Karen Jean Matsko Hood as an enterprise that would enable her to organize, format, bring to print, and market the large number of unique ideas and projects she has envisioned and continues to develop today. A woman of high energy and endowed with a wealth of creativity, Ms. Hood is someone who is driven to be involved with her interests and passions, whether it be her advocacy for effective adoptive and foster parenting, the rights of abused and neglected children, her love of gaited horses and country living, her poetry, love of cooking, feministic outlook, patriotism or her love for nature. Whispering Pine Press International, Inc. possesses the capability of enabling expression in all these areas and more. Furthermore, under Ms. Hood’s guidance, the company seeks to support the literacy program for children and adults, as well as provide works in bilingual editions wherever possible.
Karen Jean Matsko Hood resides in Liberty Lake near Spokane, Washington, along with her husband, sixteen children, and foster children. Her hobbies include cooking, baking, collecting various collectibles and antiques, photography, indoor and outdoor gardening, and the cultivation of unusual flowering plants and orchids. She enjoys raising several specialty breeds of animals including Icelandic horses, bichons frisés, cockapoos, Icelandic sheepdogs, Newfoundlands, Rottweilers, and a few rescue cats. Hood also enjoys bird-watching and finds all aspects of nature precious. She demonstrates a passionate appreciation of the environment and a respect for all life.