Karen Kingsbury is one of America’s favorite inspirational storytellers and a #1 New York Times best-selling novelist, with sales of over 25 million copies of her award-winning books. Karen graduated from Cal State University Northridge with a degree in journalism in 1986 and began working as a sportswriter for the Los Angeles Times. After authoring four true crime books, she read Francine Rivers' book, Redeeming Love, and knew that she wanted to write books that glorified God for the rest of her life. In the spring of 1995 she wrote her first novel, Where Yesterday Lives. After 30 rejections from secular publishers because it didn’t have any sex scenes or bad language, Multnomah published it—and asked for two more books to boot. Karen's last dozen titles have topped best-seller lists, and many of her novels have been adapted as Hallmark films and made into major motion pictures. Her beloved "Baxter Family" series is currently in production for TV. Her newest book, A Distant Shore, releases on April 27th. Karen Kingsbury is also an adjunct professor of writing at Liberty University. In 2001, she and her husband, Don Russell, adopted three boys from Haiti, doubling their family in a matter of months. Today, the couple has joined the ranks of empty nesters, living in Tennessee near five of their adult children.