After playing hooky one day in the seventh grade to read Gone with the Wind, Karen White knew she wanted to be a writer—or become Scarlett O’Hara. In spite of these aspirations, Karen pursued a degree in business and graduated cum laude with a BS in Management from Tulane University. Ten years later, after leaving the business world, she fulfilled her dream of becoming a writer and wrote her first book, In the Shadow of the Moon (published in August 2000). This book was nominated for the prestigious RITA award in 2001 in two separate categories. Her books have since been nominated for numerous national contests including two more RITAs, the Georgia Author of the Year Award and she has twice won the National Readers’ Choice Award for her novels, Learning to Breathe and On Folly Beach. White hails from a long line of Southerners but spent most of her growing up years in London, England. She currently lives near Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, two children, and a spoiled Havanese dog named Quincy (who also appears in several of her books).