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Author Spotlight Karen Cotton


Karen Cotton is the author of the children’s chapter book, Carol and Santa, which is being made into a movie by Mighty Fudge Studios and Boulder Community Media. She is also the author of two children’s non-fiction picture books; “Vedauwoo: Hidden Faces in Mysterious Places,” and published May 9, 2017, “K-9 & Deputy Heroes of the Laramie County Sheriff’s Department,” which was funded from a Wyoming Arts Council grant.


Karen’s Vedauwoo book can be purchased at Barnes and Noble, the Depot Museum in Cheyenne, Wyoming, the University of Wyoming Bookstore in Laramie, Wyoming,  at Wind City Books in Casper, Wyoming and online at http://www.Barnesandnoble.com and http://www.Amazon.com.


Karen is in entertainment and features as a reporter/editor. She owns her own magazine, Sweet as Cotton Candy, that covers entertainment and the arts. Karen worked under contract for The Cheyenne Post briefly until she terminated her contract in September.


Karen worked at the Wyoming Tribune Eagle for almost 12 years. I interviewed thousands of celebrities, some of those are; B.B. King, Naomi Judd, Clint Black, members of KORN, Michael Connelly, David Copperfield, Rodney Carrington, Larry the Cable Guy, John Oates of Hall and Oates, Josh Groban, the Jonas Brothers, Kevin Bacon and Taylor Swift.  She parted ways with them in March of 2011 because she was pregnant, Karen also pursued her music career and ended up creating, Sweet as Cotton Candy, my online entertainment magazine.


Karen also is an award winning musician, songwriter, dancer, artist and photographer. She can play the piano, guitar, violin, clarinet and percussion and Karen sings. She danced at Act Two Dance Studios in Cheyenne, Wyoming until she broke her foot in a car accident in June. Her daughter and her have performed in the San Diego Ballet’s Nutcracker, Cheyenne performance.





Karen is a member of the Gospel Music Association and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She’s been a member of the Wyoming Writer’s Inc. and Western Writers of America.

Awards:


Karen was awarded a Professional Development Grant by the Wyoming Arts Council in fall of this year, 2019.  This enabled her to afford and attend the Rocky Mountain Chapter’s SCBWI conference in Golden, Colo. in order to advance her career as an author.

In 2016, she was awarded an Individual Professional Artist Development grant from the Wyoming Arts Council for her book, “K9 and Officer Heroes of the Laramie County Sheriff’s Department.”


Karen has won numerous awards as a reporter. One of those was a fellowship.

Karen is a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship recipient for the Arts Journalism Institute in Theater and Musical Theater at the University of Southern California Annenberg’s School of Journalism. The link to find out more information about this is https://news.usc.edu/17112/USC-Annenberg-Announces-NEA-Fellowships/

She is still involved in theater as a music critic. That was also a role that she had at the Wyoming Tribune Eagle.


In the summer of 2011 Karen received an Individual Professional Artist Development Grant from the Wyoming Arts Council. The grant was for songwriting. She attended the Gospel Music Association’s conference IMMERSE. http://www.experienceimmerse.com

In the fall of 2011, Karen received a music scholarship to Laramie County Community College. She was a vocal performance major and an editor of the High Plains Register, the school’s literary journal.


In September of 2011, she had a photography show at the Clay Paper Scissors Gallery in downtown Cheyenne. My show, “Rising from the Ashes: New York City 2005″ featured photos of New York City four years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. In December my “Rising from the Ashes” show was shown at the Cheyenne Family YMCA. That exhibit is on permanent display in Cheyenne at Cheyenne’s Fire and Rescue building. Karen’s photograph, “Robin in the Snow,” was juried into the Governor’s Capitol Art Exhibition.

Karen is an Individual Professional Artist Development Grant recipient from the Wyoming Arts Council for her Vedauwoo book and an SCBWI Rocky Mountain Region conference that she attended in the past.





K-9 & Deputy Heroes of the Laramie County Sheriff’s Department is a non-fiction picture book for children. It’s about four K-9s and their handlers and all of the dangerous and heroic cases they’ve been on. Readers will find out about the behind-the-scenes of the department’s trainings and the equipment that is used for their jobs. Learn about Parys, Ali, Ozzy and Lyra. You’ll also meet Deputy Murray, Sgt. Slovik, Sgt. Lambing and Deputy Wright.



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Karen has been kind enough to participate in 12 Paws Publishing, LLC’s “A Pawsitively Fun Holiday Giveaway” this month! Check out all the great books you can win and enter to win!


Learn more about Karen Cotton on her website.

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