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ABOUT ME

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Karen D. Badger was born in Vermont at the end of the hippie era. She is the second of five children and was raised by a divorced mother, who, until her passing in 2021, was one of her best friends. Karen graduated from college in 1978 with B.A.’s in Drama and Elementary Education. Later, she returned to school and in 1994 earned a B.S. in Scientific Mathematics. In addition to writing books, she spent 43 years year as an Engineer in the semiconductor computer chip manufacturing field.  In 2007, at the Golden Crown Literary Society Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, she met Barb Sawyer, who would later become her wife.  Karen and Barb have two grown sons and a daughter in heart, along with their significant others (also joined to their hearts), five grandkids and countless family and friends, all of whom they enjoy immensely.  In their spare time they enjoy home improvement projects, karaoke, camping, kayaking and motorcycling.

 

Present occupation

Karen originally published Xena fan-fiction on line under the pen name KD BARD, for which she became known for her Billie/Cat Commitment Series.  In 2005, she published her first novel (On A Wing and a Prayer) with Blue Feather Books, Ltd..  When Blue Feather Books closed its doors in 2014, she and Barb created Badger Bliss Books and rereleased the six books previously published by Blue Feather Books under their new imprint.  Karen retired in March of 2022 from a 43 year career as a semiconductor Engineer with the GLOBALFOUNDRIES Corporation, and is currently doing semiconductor consulting work under her company, GOI Consulting.

Education: 

- Bachelor of Science in Scientific Mathematics - 1994, St. Michael's College - Vermont

- Bachelor of Arts in Theater - 1978 - St. Michael's College - Vermont

- Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education - 1978 - St. Michael's College - Vermont

Degrees and professional qualifications: 

- 2009 Golden Crown Literary Society winner  in the Speculative Fiction Category (for Yesterday Once More)

- 2017 Golden Crown Literary Society winner in the Paranormal Fiction Category (for 1140 Rue Royale)

- 2019 Les Fic Bard Double Award winner in the Historical and Action/Adventure Categories (for Over the Crescent Moon)

- 2019 Les Fic Bard Award Finalist in the Young Adult Category (for A Blink of an Eye - Book IX of the Billie/Cat Commitment Series)

- 2021 Les Fic Bard Award in the Science Fiction Category (for A Shadow in Love

- 2021 Les Fic Bard Award Winner in the Drama/Occult Category (for The Fifty and One - The Continuation of 1140 Rue Royale)

- Author of 14 technical patents on photomask manufacturing

- Author of several technical papers presented at Photomask Industry conferences

- Author of several career-oriented papers presented at Society of Women Engineers Conference throughout the country

- Author of published technical journal articles on photomask inspection

 

Publications:  

 

Originally Published by Blue Feather Books, Ltd and republished by Badger Bliss Books:

On A Wing And A Prayer

* Yesterday Once More (Goldie winner for best Speculative Fiction)

In A Family Way – Book I of the Commitment Series

Unchained Memories – Book II of the Commitment Series

Happy Campers – Book III of the Commitment Series

The Blue Feather

 

Original titles published by Badger Bliss Books:

Collective Identity – Book IV of the Commitment Series

All My tomorrows (Sequel to Yesterday Once More)

Relative-ly Speaking – Book VI of the Commitment Series

* 1140 Rue Royale (Goldie winner for best Paranormal Fiction)

Tailspin - Book VII of the Commitment Series

Flashpoint - Book VIII of the commitment Series

** Over The Crescent Moon

*** In the Blink of an Eye - A Young Adult Novel - Book IX of the Commitment Series

* A Shadow in Love - Lesbian Sci-Fi Romance

* The Fifty and One - The Continuation of 1140 Rue Royale - Occult, Paranormal

 

Published by Regal Crest Books, Ltd:

Hooah – a short story published in the Women In Uniform anthology

* Award Winner

** Double Award Winner

*** Finalist

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