Karen Harper

Born: April 6, 1945

Died: April 13, 2020

Ohio connection: Birth


Bestselling author Karen Harper is a former college instructor and high school literature and writing teacher.  She was born in Toledo, the daughter of Robert A. (an engineer and draftsman) and Margaret (a teacher) Kurtz.  She is married to Don T. Harper and has three adult children.  Harper’s prolific career began in 1982 with the publication of her first novel, Island Ecstasy.

Since then, Harper has written more than 40 novels including historical romance, contemporary suspense, and a historical mystery series.  Her books have been published in many foreign languages including Japanese and Greek.  Her historical novels contain carefully-researched backgrounds and take place in locations as diverse as Elizabethan England to American Amish country.

Karen Harper died on April 13, 2020. A lifelong Ohioan, Harper divided her time between homes in Ohio and Florida. Her papers are contained in The Karen Harper Collection at The Ohio State University Libraries Rare Books and Manuscripts Collection.

Mary Higgins Clark Award, Simon & Schuster, 2006, for Dark Angel.

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