Karen Cantwell


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I’m so glad and honored that you have visited my website.

Like my character, Barbara Marr, I am a mother living in the suburbs. Unlike Barb, I have never found monkeys in my trees or a severed head in my neighbor’s basement, and for this, I am extremely thankful.

My first novel, Take the Monkeys and Run, was published in 2010 and quickly became an Amazon Kindle Bestseller. It was followed by Citizen Insane, Silenced by the YamsSaturday Night Cleaver, and Dead Man Stalking.

Because I love to laugh as well as make other people laugh, I delight in writing the character Barbara Marr, her friends, and her adversaries. When I set out to write and entertain, my goal was to produce something that would make readers exclaim, “Now that was fun!” I hope I have achieved that goal. And if I did, please feel free to drop me a line at and let me know. I love to hear from readers. (Especially if you LIKE the book!)

These days, I can be found pecking away at my laptop, conjuring books in two new series. New characters, more fun!

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Have a wonderful day and most importantly, remember to live, love, and laugh!

Best wishes,



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