Karels is a writer,
author, public speaker, marketing specialist, and a registered nurse. A midwest
native, she graduated from Chicago's Cook County School of Nursing and has a degree
in History from the University of Illinois, Chicago Circle. She was an ER nurse
on Chicago's west side for ten years. She changed careers and moved to the East
Coast in 1984, and has been living in Leonia, New Jersey since then. She's had
over twenty years experience in sales, marketing, public relations, and book production.
had her first byline at fifteen, while writing for a suburban Chicago newspaper
chain. Since then she has written software documentation, sales and marketing
newsletters, school publications, a weekly newspaper column for five years, and
eight books. As the Leonia, New Jersey historian, she wrote four books on Leonia
history, led tours, and prepared numerous exhibits. She has received several historic
preservation commendations including one for her 2007 book The Revolutionary
War in Bergen County. Her book Cooked: An Inner City Nursing Memoir
received an American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award in 2005.
a self publishing consultant, she's helped dozens of writers fulfill their lifelong
dream of getting their books into print. You can order her books or book her as
a speaker by clicking here.