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 with the intent of documenting the family information. Then the intriguing family stories began to fill her head and they spilled onto the pages.  The unexpected result was her first novel, THE TICKET. Because it was so well received, she felt inspired 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. The other is that she descends from royal German blood.


Karen released her third historical novel of the family saga trilogy, FLESH ON THE BONE, in 2014. 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  released her fourth novel, THE TANK COMMANDER, in 2016. Her 5th novel and first in a paternal series, THE GERMAN YANKEE will be released in fall 2018.  She has plans for two more historical novels, including LONG GRASS, which is expected to be released in 2021. “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, a journey of discovery, 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.”