Karen Kingsbury

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Karen Kingsbury (born June 8, 1963) is an American Christian novelist born in Fairfax, Virginia.

She was a sports writer for the Los Angeles Times and later wrote for the Los Angeles Daily News. Her first book, Missy's Murder (1991), was based on a murder story that she covered in Los Angeles. During this time, she had an article published in People Magazine.

She has written more than 50 novels, with five co-written, and has nearly 13 million copies of her novels in print.[1][2] She is a #1 New York Times and USA Today[3] best selling novelist with the last dozen books published topping bestseller lists. Some of her novels are being developed into movies by The Hallmark Channel,[4] including The Bridge, A Time to Dance (2015), [5] and Maggie's Christmas Miracle (2017). Her Baxter Family series is being adapted to a television series.[6] Lightworks Media and Roma Downey have the rights to develop the series.[7]

Kingsbury also does public speaking and through national events she reaches more than 100,000 each year.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Karen Kingsbury, born June 8, 1963 to Ted and Anne Kingsbury, is the oldest of 5 children. Her family moved around a lot because of her father's job with IBM. Because of that, she developed a love of books where she found friends she never had to leave. The family moved from Michigan to Southern California when Karen was ten-years-old, and she grew up in the San Fernando Valley. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Cal State University Nothridge in 1986. After she graduated she worked for the Los Angeles Times as a sports writer. (www.karenkingsbury.com)

She married her husband, Don Russell, on July 23, 1989. They found out they were expecting their first child, Kelsey, on their sixth month anniversary. Tyler followed, and then a third child, Austin.Their third child, Austin, had a severe heart defect and had heart surgery at three weeks old. Due to this, they decided to adopt children. After looking into adopting locally, they turned their hearts to Haiti, and adopted first two boys, Sean and EJ, and then shortly after they adopted a third boy, Josh. All three had been best friends in the orphanage. They adopted three sons from Haiti: Sean, Josh and EJ. #1 New York Times Bestselling Author|website=Karen Kingsbury | #1 New York Times Bestselling Author|access-date=2016-11-30}}</ref>

Kelsey, her daughter, is an actress and is married to Kyle Kupecky, a Christian recording artist, and they have a son, Karen's first grandson.[9] Tyler, her second oldest, is becoming a screenwriter and Sean, Josh, EJ and Austin are students at Liberty University.[10]

Karen Kingsbury's father died due to complications from diabetes. She chose to start eating healthier and to cut out sugar and as a result lost 70 pounds between January and November in 2007.[11]


Standalone novels

  • Between Sundays
  • The Bridge – this was made into a television movie in 2015 shown on The Hallmark Channel
  • The Chance
  • Coming Home
  • Divine
  • Fifteen Minutes
  • Like Dandelion Dust
  • Oceans Apart
  • On Every Side
  • Shades of Blue
  • This Side of Heaven (w/ friends from Cody Gunner series)
  • Unlocked
  • Where Yesterday Lives
  • When Joy Came to Stay

Angels Walking series

  • Angels Walking
  • Chasing Sunsets
  • A Brush of Wings

Heart of the Story collection

  • The Family of Jesus
  • The Friends of Jesus

9/11 Series

  • One Tuesday Morning
  • Beyond Tuesday Morning
  • Remember Tuesday Morning – former title Every Now and Then

Lost Love series

  • Even Now
  • Ever After

Red Gloves series

  • Gideon's Gift
  • Maggie's Miracle
  • Sarah's Song
  • Hannah's Hope

Forever Faithful series

  • Waiting for Morning
  • A Moment of Weakness
  • Halfway to Forever

Timeless Love series

Cody Gunner series

  • A Thousand Tomorrows
  • Just Beyond the Clouds

Redemption series – BAXTER ONE

  • Redemption
  • Remember
  • Return
  • Rejoice
  • Reunion

Firstborn series – BAXTER TWO

  • Fame
  • Forgiven
  • Found
  • Family
  • Forever

Sunrise series – BAXTER THREE

  • Sunrise
  • Summer
  • Someday
  • Sunset

Above the Line series – BAXTER FOUR

  • Take One
  • Take Two
  • Take Three
  • Take Four

Bailey Flanigan series – BAXTER FIVE

  • Leaving
  • Learning
  • Longing
  • Loving

Children's books

  • Always Daddy's Princess
  • The Brave Young Knight
  • Far Fluttery
  • Go Ahead and Dream
  • Let Me Hold You Longer
  • Let's Go On a Mommy Date
  • Let's Have a Daddy Day
  • The Princess and the Three Knights
  • We Believe In Christmas
  • Whatever You Grow Up To Be

Gift books

  • Forever Young
  • Be Safe Little Boy
  • Stay Close Little Girl
  • Forever My Little Boy
  • Forever My Little Girl

True crime

  • Missy's Murder
  • The Snake and the Spider
  • Deadly Pretender: The Double Life of David Miller
  • Final Vows


  • The Beginning – prequel to THE BRIDGE
  • Elizabeth Baxter's 10 Secrets to a Happy Marriage
  • I Can Only Imagine

Treasury of Miracles Books[12]

  • A Treasury of Christmas Miracles
  • A Treasury of Miracles for Women
  • A Treasury of Miracles for Teens
  • A Treasury of Miracles for Friends
  • A Treasury of Adoption Miracles Devotional


Karen Kingsbury co-wrote her first song, "Walls" with Gary Baker and Richie McDonald; it appeared on McDonald's inspirational album, I Turn to You and hit Christian and Country radio in January 2009.

She wrote the song, "Tell Me to Breathe", that will be included on upcoming album from Marie Osmond.[citation needed]

Kingsbury also wrote "Miracles Happen", a Christmas song sung by Richie McDonald which now appears on McDonald's CD, If Every Day Could Be Christmas.


  • Like Dandelion Dust (2009)
  • Gideon's Gift (September 2015)
  • The Bridge (December 2015)
  • A Time to Dance (May 2016)
  • Karen Kingsbury's Maggie's Christmas Miracle[13] (2017) (TV)


  1. ^ Mike Bailey, staff writer for The Columbian, February 5, 2008. The Columbian: Arts & Living feature
  2. ^ Extraordinary Women site
  3. ^ "About Karen Kingsbury | Karen Kingsbury's The Bridge | Hallmark Movies and Mysteries". Hallmark Movies and Mysteries. Retrieved 2016-11-30. 
  4. ^ "Karen Kingsbury". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved 2016-11-30. 
  5. ^ "Hallmark Channel Developing Pair of Karen Kingsbury Adaptations". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2016-11-30. 
  6. ^ "Roma Downey To Develop Kingsbury's "Baxter Family" TV Series - Alive Literary Agency". Alive Literary Agency. 2016-02-04. Retrieved 2016-11-30. 
  7. ^ "Karen Kingsbury's 'The Baxter Family' Novel Series Coming to TV!". itsawonderfulmovie.blogspot.ca. Retrieved 2016-11-30. 
  8. ^ "Karen Kingsbury". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved 2016-11-30. 
  9. ^ "Karen Kingsbury". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved 2016-11-30. 
  10. ^ "Karen Kingsbury | #1 New York Times Bestselling Author". Karen Kingsbury | #1 New York Times Bestselling Author. Retrieved 2016-11-30. 
  11. ^ "Karen Kingsbury: The Queen of Christian Fiction Tells Her Story". CBN.com (beta). Retrieved 2016-11-30. 
  12. ^ "Booklist for #1 New York Times Times Bestselling Author Karen Kingsbury" (PDF). 
  13. ^ "Maggie's Christmas Miracle (Hallmark Movie)". 

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