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About Karen Schutte

Painting Pictures With Words

Karen Wamhoff Schutte was born and raised on a farm/ranch in the Big Horn Basin in Northwest Wyoming. The oldest of four daughters, she attended the first eight grades in a two-room school house, then riding a bus to high school in Greybull. She studied at the University of Wyoming, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Design Marketing; she owned and operated Interiors by Karen for twenty-five years. She and husband Michael have four grown sons and numerous grandchildren.

Upon retirement from her chosen career of design, Karen felt compelled to record her family’s history of German immigration. As the oldest grandchild and great-grandchild on her mother’s side, she dove into the historical research, armed with many family stories.  The unexpected result was her first novel, THE TICKET. Because it was so well received, this inspired her to proceed with the second novel, SEED OF THE VOLGA. Her historical research into the family background revealed several surprising findings, one of those being that the family carries far eastern blood markers.

Karen has released her third historical novel of the family saga trilogy, FLESH ON THE BONE. This novel joins in the journey of life with Jake and Raisa, children of the first two novels. Painstakingly, they chart their path through the Roaring Twenties,  the poverty and helplessness of The Great Depression and then send their only son off to fight in WWII. Karen has just released her fourth novel, THE TANK COMMANDER and her 5th novel, THE GERMAN YANKEE is in finished manuscript form. She is currently in the process of rewriting and then---rewriting again getting it ready for her four editor/readers to read and edit.  She had plans for two more historical novels. “When I sit down to write, I visualize the characters, the story, the setting, and  then—I paint a picture for the reader with my carefully chosen words.” Schutte further elaborates, “Writing to me is an unintended, emotional release, an emotional journey, and a cherished gift that I have discovered at this late date in my life. I hope I have enough years left to accomplish all that I have planned.”

Karen's first and third novels, THE TICKET and FLESH ON THE BONE were awarded 1st in historical fiction by the Wyoming State Historical Society in 2013 & 2015.  In 2014, her second novel, SEED OF THE VOLGA was awarded with the PEN AWARD from the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers.


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Seed of the Volga & The Ticket


"Last weekend I had my list of things to do...clean, do windows etc. Well....forget all that. I started your book and have done nothing but read. What a great book." - Ruthann, Cheyenne, Wyoming

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