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About the Author:
Adopted at birth, Karen Vance Hammond was born with an ear disfigurement and learning disability. In the third grade, she was unable to read and was placed in Barrett Elementary Reading Center in Shreveport, Louisiana. By the time she was eleven, Karen could barely get through an easy reader. Math and science were also difficult. Dyslexic, she was inadequately diagnosed as borderline mildly retarded. In addition, she stuttered horribly, and could barely get through a sentence.
In the fourth grade, Karen went through three grueling surgeries to correct her disfigurement. Tenacious, Karen continued to fight the battle and eventually learned to read, write, and do simple mathematics. Placed in special education classes all her scholastic grammar, middle, and high school years, she graduated in from Southwood High School. Today, special education is now referred to as “content mastery, life skills, or alternative learning.”
Her parents employed at Louisiana Vocational Rehabilitation worked with the disabled. Not wanting her to fail, they too questioned if she could even make it through college. Her peers called her stupid, good for nothing, and slow. Those who knew about her past told her to go find a simple job and be done with it. Karen was not willing to do that. Resilience combined with will power, Karen pressed to go to college. After extensive testing, she was accepted into the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas and The Jones Learning Center. Given the tools, and direction, Karen graduated with a double major in psychology and sociology.
In addition, she was the first Jones Learning Center student to be crowned Miss University of the Ozarks and went on to the Miss Arkansas Pageant where she was one of the top ten in the talent competition. She was a soprano for the Shreveport Opera for several seasons.
* University of the Ozarks is one out of several U.S. universities that provide educational services for those diagnosed with various learning styles.
Not allowing her disability to hamper her love for the written word, Karen questioned if she could write like the pros. After completing her first novel, Shoe Marks, she began to submit her manuscript to agents and reputable publishing companies. With countless rejection letters, Karen was losing all hope that her manuscript would ever be published. After a year, she received a call from the editor at Synergebooks, a traditional eBook and trade paperback publishing company. The editor requested to see the first three chapters. Three weeks later, the editor contacted her again and wanted the rest of her manuscript. Thinking this could be it, Karen waited with much anticipation. Then, on a Monday morning in January, she received yet another phone call; one she never would have imagined. Shoe Marks, a paranormal inspired by true events that took place in Texas was accepted for publication. All the hard work paid off. She owes her reading and writing abilities to the ones that helped her. Never a day goes by that she doesn’t think about Julie Jones, James McCain, Georgina Scott, Helen Hoeffer, Diana McCormick and Betty Robinson and the University of the Ozarks. Shoe Marks is now available in EBook or paperback at Synergebooks.com or at www.karenvancehammond.com, Amazon, B&N, Fiction Wise and Baker and Taylor (whole sale distribution)
Shoe Marks, is now the #1 bestselling title at Synergebooks and Amazon.com.
Her other two novels, The Monastery Murders, and its sequel Identity, (court drama, mystery, paranormal and romance) will be available in the near future through Synergebooks. Currently, she is writing Surfside Erosion, and The Cross Roads Trilogy. Karen has started her own biography entitled Karen’s Story.
Not only is Karen a published author, but a public speaker and motivator. She speaks to public and private school students, universities and or colleges. She encourages others who have learning disabilities or alternative learning styles to never, ever quit. Those who listen will be touched! To contact for her for a speaking engagement please visit her website at www.karenvancehammond.com or karenvancehammond@yahoo. You may also reach her at 713-376-1550.