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On Books, Book Tours, and Writing with Karen E. Osborne

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DIALOGUE Between the Lines

DIALOGUE Between the Lines


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As a little girl growing up in the Bronx, she told her friends stories she made up, but pretended were true (imagined reality was better received by the audience). She wrote her first short story when she was twelve. In middle school, she would submit book reports about her stories with fake author names. They never caught her and she always received A's. Under her graduation picture in the Evander Childs High School yearbook next to her name read for her ambition: writer. Although marriage, children, and career sidelined her true passion, it never squelched Karen Osborne's desire to write.


For all her adult life, Roxy suppressed the impact of two traumatic events—being abandoned by her mother at the age of twelve and being raped by her boyfriend, Spider, at eighteen. She never told anyone but her best friend about the rape. Though happily married to Carl, they both long to be out from under the thumb of Carl’s domineering father, for whom they both work. And she’s convinced that her first play—being staged at the community theater with her movie-star friend from high school in the lead role—is the ticket to that better life.

But now Spider is back, a successful land developer with a proposal to revitalize the town and solve the theater’s financial woes. When he takes an interest in Jewel, Roxy’s eldest daughter whose paternity she’s not entirely sure of, and engineers a big win for Carl in a private poker game, Roxy knows he’s up to his old tricks. She’s determined to expose him before he can harm her family or her beloved theater.

Karen E. Osborne traces the treacherous path between good intentions and poor decisions rooted in the shame of toxic secrets.