Author, Journalist, Actor: Karen Devereaux Scioscia

Posted By Shannon Emmanuel

We were fortunate to share our lunch hour with Karen on Monday, September 29. A native of Benton Harbor/St. Joseph, MI, Karen was fortunate enough to have had Lake Michigan as her backyard. Long walks on the beach are still her favorite form of relaxing. The oldest of four children born to a college professor father and high school teacher mother (both WWII Navy veterans), Karen and her family enjoyed many camping trips across the U.S. and Canada. Those family vacations helped her develop a lifelong love and respect of the great outdoors. She supports many environmental groups and charities to help safeguard the future of our planet. Karen graduated from St. John Catholic High School and attended Michigan State University (on two academic scholarships), but left after two years, unsure what road she wanted to take. A circuitous route brought her to Charlotte, NC, where she now resides with her husband, Tony Scioscia. She is a proud mother and grandmother and active member of her church. Karen is a novelist. Her book, “Kidnapped by the Cartel,” was published in 2013. Karen writes a weekly column for The Charlotte Observer, has had articles published in various magazines and is a contributor to She is a corporate speech writer and editor. A member of SAG-AFTRA, Karen has acted in film, television and industrial/promotional videos. She has also voiced radio commercials. Karen is a member of the Women’s National Book Association (Charlotte Chapter), the North Carolina Writer’s Network and the Society of Professional Journalists. When not writing, Karen enjoys traveling, reading, working out, supporting her favorite sports teams, and spending time with family and friends.

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