Karen Quinn

Karen Quinn has tutored scores of children and taught hundreds of parents how to work with their own kids to prepare them for the rigorous kindergarten admissions tests for Manhattan's most in-demand programs.  She has been a featured expert on school admissions on ABC's 20/20 and The View and in The New York Times, Forbes, Redbook, Woman's Day, and more. Karen is also the author of three novels: Holly Would Dream, The Ivy Chronicles and Wife in the Fast Lane. She lives in Miami, FL with her husband and two children. Visit her at www.karenquinn.net.

Books by this Author

Testing for Kindergarten
Holly Would Dream
Wife in the Fast Lane

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My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. What seems like life’s worst disasters usually offer its greatest gifts. It is only through time that you can see the perfection in the stinky pile of crap the universe throws your way.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Painting pictures

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Apparently I say "ahhh" a lot when I'm filming videos

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. New York City

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. I find perfect happiness in many different places, all of them small...
- Chatting away with my husband and children at dinner

- Seeing my dogs, Olive and Bronco, first thing in the morning when they are so thrilled to see me 

- Drinking a glass of my favorite wine

- The end of a hard workout

- Looking out my window at the beach below

- Hearing my mothers voice on the telephone

- Reading someone's thought provoking blog post

- Seeing something I've created brought to life

- Talking to a child

- I could go on and on but I think I'd bore you.  It takes very little to make me happy, and it is the little things that bring me perfect happiness.

- Reading a great book

Author Voices

January 29, 2009

Saturday, November 24th, 2007 November 24, 2007 To my dear friends, In deference to the writer’s guild strike, I have decided not to write any new material for our 2007 Holiday letter (except for this explanatory paragraph and a few comments here and there that I can’t resist). That’s right, this year’s letter is a rerun. For those of you who have been receiving my annual missive, happy holidays to you and now feel free to delete this because you’ve already read it. (from 2006) I blew it. I decided to forgo our family holiday letter on the assumption that no one would miss it. BIG MISTAKE! We received so many concerned... see more

January 29, 2009

Saturday, February 16th, 2008 February 16, 2008 Hello Darlings, Did you miss me? I missed you. All I can say is thank you Lard Jeezus (!!!) for ending the Writer’s Strike so I can send my newsletters out again. As you know, I had to go into reruns with my Holiday letter and I went dark until a settlement was reached. No, I’m not in the Union, but my adorable and talented screenwriters for The Ivy Chronicles are and you know me, I’m nothing if not supportive. I hope Jim and Stan appreciate my sacrifice and send me a thank you text message or better yet, citrus scented bath products (I love those). Since we last connected, Christmas has... see more

January 29, 2009

Saturday, April 19th, 2008 April 18, 2008 Hi everyone, Let me get the super important stuff out of the way: Please get your calendars now and ink in the date. If you’re going to be in New York or Denver in June, come see me read from Holly Would Dream. American Idol won’t be on that night. I made sure of it. New York - June 5 Barnes and Noble - 6th Avenue at 8th Street - 7:30 p.m. Denver - June 17 Tattered Cover - Colfax Avenue - 7:00 p.m. If you’d like, you can pre-order the book right now from Amazon.com or Barnesandnoble.com. Feel free to order several. They’re really cheap and make the great gifts. Don’t worry,... see more

January 29, 2009

Monday, April 21st, 2008 I just discovered that someone blogged about me! It was my friend, Drayton Bird, whom you may recall was the villain in The Ivy Chronicles. Well, he wasn’t, but I named the villain after him because I’ve always believed his name was book-worthy. Anyway, I feel so famous so I thought I’d share the blog with you. If you want to check it out, he’s at Drayton-bird-droppings.blogspot.com “Author doesn’t eat vegetables and is very short. Connections? You decide” That quirky little line was written by an old friend, author Karen Quinn. I used to work with - for - her when I did executive... see more

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