Karen Ross Epp holds a Bachelor’s degree from Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas. Karen retired from teaching at the middle school level in 2004.
Karen was born and raised in the rolling hills and farm country of southeastern Iowa, near Mount Pleasant, until she left for college and marriage. Her love of family and history prompted Karen to write her first book, With Love Stan: A Soldier’s Letter From Vietnam To The World,
thus preserving and honoring not only her brother’s memory, but also those of the men who served so bravely with him and have a story to tell.
Since the publication of “With Love Stan”, Karen and her family have had the privilege and honor of meeting the men she interviewed for the book, in person. After 40 years these men shared the memories of her brother and their tour of duty in Vietnam in 1969.
Karen’s new book, Corn Rose: is a historical, fiction, romance novel. This book is loosely based on her mother’s life. You will journey with Rose through her courtship, marriage and move back to the Iowa farm her husband Jack loves so much. She leaves the comfort of her life in Los Angels, and the warmth of her Italian family for a hostile environment that does not greet her kindly.
Karen lives with her husband, Regionalist Artist, Phil Epp, in rural Kansas at the edge of the Kansas Flint Hills.