About Karen

     Karen Petit

“What miracles they are, these paws on our hearts.”

Karen’s Published Books:

Karen, a North Carolina native who moved to Greenwood, S.C., at age 5, has had a lifelong passion for reading.  Living in a small town before the days of malls and the Internet, Karen found her source of entertainment to be books, and more books!


In college, she turned her love for reading into a love for writing.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in news-editorial journalism from the University of South Carolina and worked as a newspaper reporter and editor before beginning a career in public relations.  Karen has a passion for writing books for children that teaches and inspires them.


A charter member of the Carolina Guardian Society at the University of South Carolina, Karen serves on the Speakers Bureau of Sistercare in Columbia, S.C. She is a member of the Columbia Museum of Art, the Historic Columbia Foundation, Columbia Green, the Carolina Alumni Association, the Dog Writers Association of America, Sisters in Crime, and the Daughters of the American Revolution.  Karen is currently the public relations director at the Arnold School of Public Health.

Meeting Karen

Karen has many appearances in 2010:


Feb. 14thNEW YORK: Awards Luncheon, Alliance of Purebred Dog Writers, and Awards Dinner, Dog Writers of America Association

Feb. 15thNEW YORK: Westminster Dog Show

Feb. 22nd—COLUMBIA, SC: Talk, St. Andrews Woman’s Club

Feb. 27—28th—COLUMBIA, SC S.C. Book Festival, Columbia Convention Center — Guest author for Red Letter Press


March 4th —COLUMBIA, SC: “Read Across America,” Russell House Ballroom, University of South Carolina

March 9th — COLUMBIA, SC: Ashland Methodist Church, Shepherd’s Center, Guest Speaker


April 15— COLUMBIA, SC: Read-In, South Carolina Statehouse, 10 a.m.—noon, Guest Speaker with Louise

April 17 — ORANGE PARK, FL: Quigley House, Spring Gala, Guest Speaker


May 1 — RIDGEWAY, SC: Arts on the Ridge, Ridgeway, SC, Book Signing with Louise, 10 a.m.—2 p.m., Over the Top Emporium, 115 S. Palmer St.

May 10 — COLUMBIA, SC: Lunch and Learn, Capital Senior Center, Guest Speaker

May 22 — COLUMBIA, SC: Book fair, Columbia SC, Book Signing 9a.m.—2 p.m., Guest Author and Book Signing


June 5 — HENDERSONVILLE, NC: Ol’ Timey Days Celebration, Curb Market, Hendersonville, NC, Book Signing 8 a.m.—2 p.m.


July 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st— Columbia, SC: The All Local Farmers’ Market  8a.m.— Noon.  701 Whaley Street.


Sept. 9th—COLUMBIA, SC: Richland County Public Library, 9:30—11:30 a.m., Guest Speaker, Small Business Development Center, “I started a Small Business: Success Stories from Our Community.”


Sept. 13th—COLUMBIA, SC: Trenholm Road United Methodist Church, Book Club, 7 p.m., Guest Speaker


Sept. 25—COLUMBIA, SC: The All Local Farmers’ Market 8 a.m.—Noon. 701 Whaley Street.


Oct. 9—COLUMBIA, SC: “Reading Rocks,” Sanders Middle School, 10 a.m.—1 p.m., Guest Author with Louise.


Oct. 16—COLUMBIA, SC: GRAND RE-OPENING for The All Local Farmers’ Market 8 a.m.—Noon. 701 Whaley Street.


Nov. 13—SAVANNAH, GA: Savannah Children’s Book Festival, 10 a.m.—4 p.m., Forsythe Park


Nov. 27—HENDERSONVILLE, NC: The Curb Market “Ol’ Timey Christmas,” 8 a.m.—2 p.m., Church Street





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