Karen Kingsbury is a famous American Christian Novelist. She was born on 08 June 1963 [age 59 years as of 2022] in Fairfax, Virginia, America.
She worked as a sports writer for the Los Angeles Times before moving on to the Los Angeles Daily News. Missy’s Murder, her debut novel, was inspired by a murder tale she covered in Los Angeles.
|Real Name||Karen Kingsbury|
|Nickname||Karen Kingsbury, Kingsbury, Karen|
|Date of Birth||8 June 1963|
|Age (as of 2023)||59 years|
|Birthplace||Fairfax, Virginia, United States|
|Hometown||Fairfax, Virginia, United States|
|Hobbies||Photoshoot, Gymnastic, Dancing|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 185 cm
in meters- 1.85 m
in feet inches- 6'1"
|Weight (approx.)||in kilograms- 60 kg
in pounds- 132 lbs
|Debut||Novel: Missy’s Murder 
Movie: THE BRIDGE 
|Awards||• Oceans Apart: 2005 Gold Medallion Book Award - Fiction
• Ever After: 2007 Book of the Year Award from ECPA Note
• Was named the 2009 Extraordinary Woman of the Year in September, 2009
|Relationships & Affairs|
|Parents||Father- Theodore C. Kingsbury
Mother- Anne Kingsbury
|Siblings||Brother- David Kingsbury
Sisers- Susan Kingsbury, Tricia Kingsbury, Lynne Kingsbury
|Children||Sons- Tyler Russell, Sean Angelo Russell, Joshua Russell, Austin Russell, EJ Russell
Daughther- Kelsey Marie Kingsbury
|Net Worth (approx.)||$123 million|
She is an accomplished author who has written over 50 novels, including the 9/11 series, Lost Love series, Redemption series, and Bailey Flanigan series.
She worked as a sports reporter for the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Daily News before publishing her debut novel, Missy’s Murder, in 1991.
She is one of the most well-known novelists. She has been included in the list of famous individuals born on June 8, 1963. She is one of the wealthiest novelists in the United States.
Kingsbury also gives public speeches, reaching over 100,000 individuals annually through national events.
Karen Kingsbury is the oldest of Ted and Anne Kingsbury’s five children. Karen’s family moved about a lot due to her father’s IBM employment; eventually, the family settled down in the San Fernando Valley (relocating from Michigan) when Karen was ten years old.
Her father’s name is Theodore C. Kingsbury, who died on 14 September 2007.
Karen Kingsbury’s father died due to diabetic complications. She decided to eat healthier and eliminate sweets from her diet, and as a result, she shed 70 pounds between January and November of 2007.
Her mother’s name is Anne Kingsbury. Karen has three sisters, Susan Kingsbury, Tricia Kingsbury, and Lynne Kingsbury. Also, she has one brother named David Kingsbury.
In 1986, she earned a journalism degree from California State University, Northridge.
After graduation, she worked as a sports journalist for the Los Angeles Times and reported on the crime beat. She was eliminated from the $25,000 Pyramid on September 4, 1985.
Karen Kingsbury has written or co-authored approximately 100 books and short tales, with nearly 13 million copies of her works in print (as of 2008). She is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling novelist, with her most recent dozen books topping bestseller lists.
The Hallmark Channel adapt several of her books into films, including The Bridge, A Time to Dance (2015), and Maggie’s Christmas Miracle (2017). A television series based on her Baxter Family series is in the works. Lightworkers Media and Roma Downey will develop the series.
Karen Kingsbury co-wrote her first song, “Walls,” with Gary Baker and Richie McDonald, and it was released in January 2009 on McDonald’s inspirational album, I Turn to You.
These were Kingsbury’s first four novels. They were re-released in 2014 with a note from Kingsbury to her readers describing how writing these types of novels became too much for her to handle emotionally due to the heaviness.
She switched genres to writing more broad fiction with a Christian theme (which she titled, and has trademarked, as “Life-Changing Fiction”).
Liberty University announced the creation of the Karen Kingsbury Center for Creative Writing as part of its College of Arts and Sciences in November 2017, where students can pursue a minor in creative writing in collaboration with Kingsbury.
Several of the courses will be taught by Kingsbury herself, both at Liberty and online.
- Like Dandelion Dust (February 2009) – General Release
- Karen Kingsbury’s The Bridge – Part 1 (December 2015) – Hallmark Channel TV Movie
- Karen Kingsbury’s The Bridge – Part 2 (March 2016) – Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel TV Movie
- Karen Kingsbury’s A Time to Dance (May 2016) – Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel TV Movie
- Karen Kingsbury’s Maggie’s Christmas Miracle (December 2017) – Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel TV Movie
Awards and Achievements
Best Book of the Year, Logos Retailers, 2003, for Redemption; Gold Medallion and Retailer Choice awards, both 2005, for Oceans Apart; Retailer Choice award, 2005, for the “Redemption” trilogy; Retailer Choice award, 2007, for Found; Logos awarded Author of the Year, 2007.
Relationship, Husband and Affairs
On July 23, 1989, she married her husband, Don Russell. They have three children and adopted three Haitian boys afterward.
Her sons are, Tyler Russell, Sean Angelo Russell, Joshua Russell, Austin Russell, and EJ Russell.
She also has a daughter named, Kelsey Marie Kingsbury.
In the years 2020-2021, her net worth increased dramatically. Karen Kingsbury makes the majority of her money successful. She is a native of the United States.
Karen Kingsbury’s net worth is estimated to be between $123 million.
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