Karen MacInerney is signing her novel for a reader.
Plano Senior High School, 2200 Independence Parkway Plano, Texas 75075 United States
Karen received her general education from Plano Senior High School.
William Marsh Rice University, Houston, Texas, United States
Karen is a graduate of William Marsh Rice University.
Austin, Texas, United States
Karen MacInerney is lecturing at the writers’ workshop for Austin Mystery Writers.
(It's springtime on Cranberry Island - and love is in the ...)
It's springtime on Cranberry Island - and love is in the air. It seems like every woman has the hots for buff trainer Dirk De Leon. He and his equally-gorgeous business partner, Vanessa Black, are leading a weight-loss retreat at the Gray Whale Inn - forcing innkeeper Natalie Barnes to lighten up her butter-laden breakfast menu. The mood on the island darkens when two grisly discoveries are made. The first is a skeleton walled up at the island's lighthouse. The second is a corpse of the fresh variety - the handsome Dirk! Could the spirit that once embodied the skeletal remains - perhaps the lighthouse keeper who disappeared a century ago - be responsible for Dirk's death?
(In this delicious follow-up to Murder on the Rocks, devel...)
In this delicious follow-up to Murder on the Rocks, developers have returned to Cranberry Island. This time, they're planning to wipe out a natural cranberry bog, along with the island's namesake berries, to build a luxury subdivision. Natalie Barnes isn't sweet on the idea of commercial interests souring their cozy oasis, but the single innkeeper has other problems on her plate: a withering relationship with her best friend Charlene, the sudden appearance of her ex-fiancé with a tempting proposal, and eerie bumps in the night suggesting the Gray Whale Inn is haunted.
(Trading in Texas heat for Maine's tangy salt air, Natalie...)
Trading in Texas heat for Maine's tangy salt air, Natalie Barnes risked it all to buy the Gray Whale Inn, a quaint bed and breakfast on Cranberry Island. She adores whipping up buttery muffins and other rich breakfast treats for her guests until Bernard Katz checks in. The overbearing land developer plans to build a resort next door where an endangered colony of black-chinned terns is nesting. Worried about the birds, the inevitable transformation of the sleepy fishing community, and her livelihood, Natalie takes a public stand against the project. But the town board sides with Katz. Just when it seems like things can't get any worse, Natalie finds Katz dead.
(When a lobsterman discovers a sunken ship, Cranberry Isla...)
When a lobsterman discovers a sunken ship, Cranberry Island is abuzz with excitement. Is the wreck the remains of the Myra Barton, the missing ship of island sea captain Jonah Selfridge? Or the elusive Black Marguerite, which belonged to one of the most notorious pirates of the 17th century and vanished without a trace - except for the ghost ship that old-timers say roams the water on fog-shrouded nights? Soon the island is swarming with marine archaeologists and treasure hunters. It’s good news for Natalie - and for the Gray Whale Inn - until a body turns up floating near the wreck. Natalie finds herself immersed in the world of pirates and sunken treasure, both past, and present.
(When innkeeper Natalie Barnes volunteers to host the Cran...)
When innkeeper Natalie Barnes volunteers to host the Cranberry Island Clambake at the Gray Whale Inn, she's looking forward to good food, good friends - and maybe even a bit of good press. The day is perfect and the event as smooth as Natalie's crème anglaise - until a mysterious illness grip several islanders, and the police finger the inn's blueberry pies as the culprit. Will Natalie sniff out the source of the poisoned pies before she - and the Gray Whale Inn - end up in hot water?
(For Natalie Barnes, the flurry of trendy artists setting ...)
For Natalie Barnes, the flurry of trendy artists setting up shop on Cranberry Island promises to be the perfect recipe for relaxing and enjoying the holiday season. But Natalie’s good luck is turning out to be a stroke of misfortune for her niece, Gwen. The local gallery’s new owner hates Gwen’s paintings, and her mentor Fernand is too distracted by a competing artist to help Gwen improve her style. When Natalie finds Fernand dead, seemingly the victim of suicide, she can’t believe someone who had so much joy and success in his life would kill himself. Finding clues at Fernand’s home that support her suspicion of murder, Natalie’s hunt for answers places her next on the killer’s list.
(Margie Peterson is a typical stay-at-home mom until she t...)
Margie Peterson is a typical stay-at-home mom until she trades dishes for detective work to become Austin's least likely PI. Soon she's knee-deep in cheating husbands, transvestites, and trouble in a laugh-out-loud new mystery from award-winning author Karen MacInerney. With a husband who works long hours trying to make a partner and two rambunctious kids that are running her ragged, Margie Peterson is like any other worn-out suburban mom. When she decides to take a job as a PI for a seedy local detective agency, everything changes. It doesn't take long for Margie to get in over her head: her first day on the job she totals her minivan mistakenly enters a drag contest and winds up in the bathroom with a dead transvestite.
(With her own wedding fast approaching and her mother-in-l...)
With her own wedding fast approaching and her mother-in-law dating an unexpected beau, the last thing Natalie Barnes needs is to find a young man shot dead in a dinghy. A note she finds with the body suggests the dearly departed had a secret rendezvous planned with somebody on the island. But when suspicion is cast on a fisherman Natalie believes to be innocent, she begins to wonder if the murder was the result of a lover’s quarrel... or a lobsterman’s disagreement gone horribly wrong.
(When Houston reporter Lucy Resnick cashes in her retireme...)
When Houston reporter Lucy Resnick cashes in her retirement to buy her grandmother’s farm in Buttercup, Texas, she’s looking forward to a simple life as a homesteader. But Lucy has barely finished putting up her first batch of Killer Dewberry Jam when an oil exploration truck rolls up to the farm and announces plans to replace her broccoli patch with an oil derrick. Two days later, Nettie Kocurek, the woman who ordered the drilling, turns up dead at the Founders’ Day Festival with a bratwurst skewer through her heart and one of Lucy’s jam jars beside her… and the sheriff fingers Lucy as the prime suspect.
(It's almost time for the Cranberry Island Harvest Festiva...)
It's almost time for the Cranberry Island Harvest Festival and Pie Bake-Off... and the much-anticipated annual Great Pumpkin Contest. But trouble starts brewing when the front-running pumpkin is sabotaged... and flickering, ghostly lights set island tongues wagging. When the corn maze goes up in smoke, things really start heating up... and it's up to innkeeper Natalie Barnes to get to the bottom of things. Is it really a ghost?
(Lucy needs additional holiday stress like she needs a blo...)
Lucy needs additional holiday stress like she needs a blow to the head - which she receives one night, courtesy of the mystery digger. When the dim-witted sheriff arrests one of Lucy’s best friends, the former reporter puts her own problems on the back burner and starts investigating. What she finds is a patchwork of clues - an injured puppy, a sapphire necklace gone missing, and a string of poison-pen letters - that draws her deep into a web of small-town secrets. Word travels fast in Buttercup. When the killer learns Lucy’s on the trail, Lucy finds she needs more than her reporting skills to save her friend - she needs a Christmas miracle.
(Things aren’t going well for a private investigator and m...)
Things aren’t going well for a private investigator and mom Margie Peterson. Her husband, Blake, is claiming his taste for drag queens is “just a phase.” Her first-grade daughter isn’t fitting in at her new posh elementary school, Holy Oaks Catholic School. And her hippie mother has swept into town and replaced the family’s store of processed foods with seaweed snacks. To top it all off, a late-night phone call from her boss, Peaches Barlowe, has pulled Margie into a very strange murder case, one that involves the Holy Oaks headmaster, George Cavendish. Poor man - he just happened to die in a dominatrix’s pink vinyl wading pool while wearing nothing but Aquaman tights and goggles.
(Two witches, one haunted house... and a dash of murder. W...)
Two witches, one haunted house... and a dash of murder. Will Lucy find the killer in time? Or will she be Buttercup's next resident ghost? It's Halloween in Buttercup, Texas, and reporter-turned-farmer Lucy Resnick is up to her ears in more than goats and wayward cows. Not only has her well dried up, but it turns out the old house Lucy recently moved to the farm has a reputation for spooks... and they are disturbingly active. Then a tarot card reading at a local mead winery foretells death... and minutes later, exotic game ranch owner Bug Wharton goes belly-up. Cause of death? Murder, by a fatal dose of bee venom.
(It's beginning to look a lot like... Murder. It's Christm...)
It's beginning to look a lot like... Murder. It's Christmastime, and farmer Lucy Resnick is living the life she's always dreamed of. When she's not selling her jams, soaps, and mistletoe bundles at the Buttercup Christmas Market, she's enjoying cozy evenings by the fire with her knitting group - or her handsome veterinarian boyfriend Tobias Brandt. But less than a week before Christmas, a pall falls over the festive atmosphere when local man Randy Stone turns up with a knife in his back... and a sprig of mistletoe in his hair.
(Humpback whales, handsome tour guides, scrumptious recipe...)
Humpback whales, handsome tour guides, scrumptious recipes... And murder. When a tour company books the Gray Whale Inn for a full week, innkeeper Natalie Barnes can’t wait to get cooking - and to hitch a ride on the antique schooner Summer Breeze, getting up close and personal with the local whales. But when the schooner’s handsome captain winds up attached to the vessel’s anchor, sixty feet underwater, the tour takes a dark turn. Before long, the tour naturalist (and Natalie’s friend Charlene’s beau) is behind bars, charged with a murder Charlene swears he didn’t commit.
(Private investigator/single mom Margie Peterson barely ha...)
Private investigator/single mom Margie Peterson barely has time for breakfast, let alone hit the gym. But when Austin Heights PTA president Pansy Parker hires her to find out who’s been embezzling PTA funds, that’s exactly where Margie ends up… finding Pansy dangling upside down from a Nautilus machine. But the PTA president’s not alone: the dead body of a personal trainer is there, too. And now she’s facing murder charges. To find out what really happened, Margie goes undercover as a Brazilian body waxer and an energy drink bottler. What she discovers stinks worse than a pair of sweaty gym socks. But that’s not all.
(Angie, abandons her fiancé and her analyst job at a big M...)
Angie, abandons her fiancé and her analyst job at a big Manhattan investment firm, she doesn’t expect to end up back where she started - the island of Nantucket. It’s not every day you get a chance to open a bookstore, complete with bookmark-eating cats and cantankerous great-aunts. Especially when your childhood friends agree to provide you with the world’s best pastries from their bakery down the street. Everything goes great until one of the locals turns up dead on the fourth of July, the sound of the gunshots covered by the local fireworks display. But did it have to happen right after Angie delivered a book to his home making her a prime suspect? Angie and every gossip on the island, including her great-aunt and her friends, are on the case.
(Which sizzling-hot supernatural hunk will win Sophie's he...)
Which sizzling-hot supernatural hunk will win Sophie's heart? And if she does give her heart away, can she - or her mate - keep it from being ripped out by the murderous Houston pack? Find out in the exciting third book of the award-nominated Tales of an Urban Werewolf! On the outside, Sophie Garou is living every woman's dream: she has beauty, brains, and a big-time position in Austin's most respected accounting firm (not to mention a very sexy, very successful new boyfriend). But there's one thing Sophie would rather keep under wraps: She's a werewolf.
(It's Christmastime at the Gray Whale Inn. The inn's kitch...)
It's Christmastime at the Gray Whale Inn. The inn's kitchen smells like ginger and spice, the ground is frosted with snow, and wedding bells are about to ring out for innkeeper Natalie's favorite niece, Gwen. It's a joyous time... until the families of the bride and groom descend on the island, bringing nasty tempers and a wicked winter storm with them. Add a baffling rash of thefts, a dash of romantic intrigue, and an unexpected power shutdown, and Natalie's plans for a magical season are looking more like a recipe for disaster. Can Natalie find the missing gifts before the big holiday? And will the happy couple make it to the altar... or will the wedding go up in flames?
(Crisp autumn breezes, sizzling bratwurst, warm gingerbrea...)
Crisp autumn breezes, sizzling bratwurst, warm gingerbread cookies... and just a dash of murder. It's Oktoberfest in Buttercup, Texas, and homesteader Lucy Resnick is taking a break from her chores to enjoy a day of bratwurst, craft beer, and German gingerbread at Sweetwater Brewery. But the day takes a bitter turn when one of the brewery owners turns up dead, crushed by a giant sack of barley. It doesn't take long for Sheriff Rooster (not the sharpest tool in the garden shed) to finger the victim's brother and co-owner, Simon Gustafson.
(The eggs aren't the only things dying in Buttercup... It'...)
The eggs aren't the only things dying in Buttercup... It's springtime on Dewberry Farm, and homesteader Lucy Resnick is busy putting together her wares for the Easter Market. She's just finished potting the last of her herb starts when a tornado rips through her farm, destroying her crops, scattering her livestock and tearing up the barn. As Lucy searches for two kids lost in the storm, she makes a grisly discovery: her neighbor's home health aide, Eva, strangled with a hand-knitted scarf. While investigating the young woman's death, Lucy discovers that blood isn't always thicker than water... and that somebody may be taking advantage of the town's more vulnerable citizens.
(Innkeeper Natalie Barnes is living her dream life, creati...)
Innkeeper Natalie Barnes is living her dream life, creating scrumptious scone recipes and relishing cool summer days on quaint Cranberry Island, Maine… until she stumbles across a dead body tucked under the blueberry bushes. Could the killer be one of her artsy out-of-town guests? Or will the murderer turn out to be uncomfortably close to home?
(Lucy's Farmhouse Kitchen is filled with delicious farmhou...)
Lucy's Farmhouse Kitchen is filled with delicious farmhouse recipes from the first six Dewberry Farm mysteries, along with bonus kitchen and garden tips (and a few special extra recipes) from Lucy and her Grandma Vogel. Includes luscious pecan pie, Texas peach cobbler, Quinn's Christmas bread, spicy enchiladas... and even homemade soaps you can gift to friends and family.
(Tea, scones, and old bones... It may be autumn on Cranber...)
Tea, scones, and old bones... It may be autumn on Cranberry Island, Maine, but things are heating up for innkeeper Natalie Barnes - and not just because of the cranberry scones in the oven. When a research team discovers the remains of a long-missing German U-Boat just offshore, the Gray Whale Inn becomes the center of operations for the eccentric multimillionaire funding the team. But the excitement over the discovery is soon dampened when something else turns up next to the long-lost sunken vessel: the body of a young woman who went missing twenty years ago, tied to an antique anchor that vanished at the same time. Soon, a second, more recent body, that of a local handyman, turns up next to the inn, a knife from friend and island selectman Tom Lockhart’s kitchen in his back.
(The Old Camden Family Manse in Austin, home to Kitzi and ...)
The Old Camden Family Manse in Austin, home to Kitzi and her mother, is eight thousand square feet of magnificently restored Southern splendor. And Kitzi and her best friend have the place sparkling like a jewel for the upcoming Bead Tea charity event. But the mood abruptly changes when a crafty cousin threatens to take over the Manse, leaving Kitzi and her mother on the street. Then her cousin’s beady-eyed partner is found dead in a dumpster nearby. There are plenty of suspects at the Tea - and Kitzi’s one of them. Now, with the help of her beau Nate, she has to save her home and reputation - and tie up the loose ends before the murderer draws a bead on her.
Karen is a graduate of Plano Senior High School and Rice University.
Author Karen began her career as a professional writer in the year 2006 when she published the first novel of the Gray Whale Inn mysteries. The first novel series written by her is a cozy mystery series revolving around the island community situated off the coast of Maine and deals with the owner of a bed and breakfast restaurant. The second series is a paranormal romance series and revolves around the life of an accountant who tries to ignore the fact that she belongs to the community of the werewolves.
The series also depicts a good streak of humor. The third novel series written by author Karen MacInerney shows a suburban mother who turns into a private investigator. Before writing these successful novel series and establishing herself as a noteworthy author, Karen graduated from the Plano Senior High School and later from the Rice University. Being one of the prominent authors of America, she is an active member of the Texas Writers’ League and the Sisters in Crime writing associations. Karen is also the founder of her own writers’ association named Austin Mystery Writers.
One of the successful novel series written by author Karen MacInerney is the "Tales of an Urban Werewolf" series, which consists of a total of 3 novels published between the years 2008 and 2009. The first novel of the series was titled "Howling at the Moon" and was published by the Ballantine Books publishing house in the year 2008. The plot of the novel is set in Austin, Texas, United States and revolves around the life of the main character Sophie Garou.
In the opening sequence of the plot of the novel, Sophie Garou is introduced as a self-sufficient woman, who seems to have everything in her life. She works at a famous accounting firm and owns a closet, rivaling a Nordstrom showroom. Sophie also has a terrific and loving boyfriend who does not seem to be afraid of anything or anybody. However, there is only one problem in her life, she is a werewolf.
She comes to know about it after learning that she has inherited the werewolf genes from her father. This causes her to have a whole new meaning to her time of the month. Being a werewolf she finds it very difficult to live among the fleshy humans. In order to suppress her werewolf nature, she takes a frequent dose of the Wolfsbane tea. Even her mother, who operates a magic shop, helps her to keep her paranormal nature under wraps. But, when a golden-eyed and a sexy werewolf enters into the town, Sophie finds it difficult to keep down her animal impulses.
She also struggles to keep the things on track with her lawyer boyfriend, whom she finds to be super hot. To add to her problems, she keeps getting threatened by someone for exposing her real self. Also, her mother gets framed for selling a poisonous potion. Now, Sophie is required to sniff out the real culprit before the matters become even worse for her.
The second novel of the series was published under the title "On the Prowl." It was published by the Ballantine Books publishing house in the year 2008. The plot of this novel is set in the United States and continues to revolve around the life of the main character named Sophie Garou. In the opening sequence of the plot of the novel, Sophie is depicted as being the master at taming the beast present inside her in the form of a werewolf. This comes in handy for her as she is able to live a comfortable life among humans. Sophie has a very hot boyfriend in the form of Heath, who is a lawyer by profession. Everything seems to be working smoothly for her as she receives a big promotion at her work. Also, she spots Heath coming leaving a jewelry shop with the box of a ring. She becomes even more happy thinking that Heath is going to propose her for marriage. But, she discovers that Heath has started spending longer nights with his new associate at his office. This makes her feel uncomfortable as she senses trouble.
Soon, her relationship with one of her clients begins to blossom. The client happens to be the most eligible bachelor of Texas with blue eyes. Sophie begins to wonder whether she is being taken in the wrong direction by her animal instincts. Soon, everything becomes very much complicated as Sophie gets sniffed by the Houston werewolf pack. There warn her to be either with them or against them. Now, she is required to prove to them that she is with them before the next full moon or else it is going to be her last.
The latest mystery series that she was working on is the Dewberry Farm mysteries.
(Which sizzling-hot supernatural hunk will win Sophie's he...)2017
(Innkeeper Natalie Barnes is living her dream life, creati...)2019
(Lucy's Farmhouse Kitchen is filled with delicious farmhou...)2019
(When innkeeper Natalie Barnes volunteers to host the Cran...)2012
(With her own wedding fast approaching and her mother-in-l...)2014
(When Houston reporter Lucy Resnick cashes in her retireme...)2015
(For Natalie Barnes, the flurry of trendy artists setting ...)2013
(Angie, abandons her fiancé and her analyst job at a big M...)2017
(Trading in Texas heat for Maine's tangy salt air, Natalie...)2010
(The Old Camden Family Manse in Austin, home to Kitzi and ...)
(Lucy needs additional holiday stress like she needs a blo...)2016
(Margie Peterson is a typical stay-at-home mom until she t...)2014
(Private investigator/single mom Margie Peterson barely ha...)2017
(In this delicious follow-up to Murder on the Rocks, devel...)2010
(When a lobsterman discovers a sunken ship, Cranberry Isla...)2010
(The lupines aren't the only thing coming up on Cranberry ...)2020
(Things aren’t going well for a private investigator and m...)2016
(It's almost time for the Cranberry Island Harvest Festiva...)2015
(Crisp autumn breezes, sizzling bratwurst, warm gingerbrea...)2019
(It's springtime on Cranberry Island - and love is in the ...)2010
(Humpback whales, handsome tour guides, scrumptious recipe...)2017
(The eggs aren't the only things dying in Buttercup... It'...)2019
(It's Christmastime at the Gray Whale Inn. The inn's kitch...)2018
(It's beginning to look a lot like... Murder. It's Christm...)2017
(Two witches, one haunted house... and a dash of murder. W...)2017
(Tea, scones, and old bones... It may be autumn on Cranber...)2020
Author Karen likes to write her novels based on a number of genres, such as science fiction, fantasy, mystery, and thriller genres. Apart from writing novels, she is also very fond of reading mystery novels with suspenseful plots. In one of her interviews, Karen has said that her reading as eclectic as her writing skills. Here is how she described her writing technique in her own words: "When I'm in writing mode, the words often come tumbling out - I just wrote 2,000 words in two hours this morning, so I've had a great day. But I've learned that sometimes my creative brain needs a rest to recharge. So for me, I think the challenge has been understanding that while I have periods of great productivity, they are balanced by 'fallow' periods. I've had to accept that the breathers are what enable me to work so enthusiastically - and productively - the rest of the time."
"When I decided to get serious, I chose mystery because it was a genre I both liked and ‘understood; I’d read hundreds of them and felt I’d internalized what went into a mystery.”
"I think for readers, I just want to say thank you, thank you, thank you for going to your bookstores and libraries keeping the art of the written word alive. I love books passionately, and I'm so glad there are so many people still devoted to the magic of books!"
"Read obsessively, read curiously, read to find out what kind of book you want to write. And when you sit down to work, be as clear as you can about the book you want to write. You wouldn't sit down at a blank canvas without knowing if you were planning to paint a still life or a modern piece; in the same way, it's best to have at least some vision of what you want to do before you pull out your laptop (or notebook, or whatever you choose to use)."
"I’ve always been interested in the supernatural; in fact, I’m working on an epic fantasy right now that incorporates a lot of it. There are lots of ghosts flitting around my more traditional mysteries, too; I love them. The thing about making the supernatural a key element is that you have to have rules for what does and doesn’t work, and you have to follow them. I’m happy to talk supernatural if anyone in the class is interested in writing it!"
MacInerney is a member of Sisters in Crime and the Writers' League of Texas, as well as a member and the founder of Austin Mystery Writers.
Karen reads in many, many genres, and she admitted that her list is rather eclectic. In mystery and romance, she loves Charlaine Harris, MaryJanice Davidson, Susan Wittig Albert, Diane Mott Davidson, and her fellow Cozy Chicks authors, of course. But she also adores Diana Gabaldon, Vladimir Nabokov, J.R.R. Tolkien, Bernd Heinrich, Philippa Gregory, Robin Hobb, Claire Berlinski, James Herriot, Bill Bryson, and Michael Pollan.
Besides reading she also likes to exercise, so you can often find her on walking or biking the Hike and Bike trail or at an exercise class. Also, she is a big fan of plants and growing things in general -- in a previous life, she was working toward a Ph.D. in plant population biology - so she loves nature hikes and gardening.
She enjoys cooking, and she said that she loves, loves, loves to travel: "I'm planning to learn Italian soon so I can convince myself that spending a summer in Tuscany would be educational. (And deductible, for research purposes, of course. Italian werewolves, anyone?) And there's nothing better than settling into a hot bath with a candle and a great book."
Charlaine Harris, MaryJanice Davidson, Susan Wittig Albert, Diane Mott Davidson, Diana Gabaldon, Vladimir Nabokov, J.R.R. Tolkien, Bernd Heinrich, Philippa Gregory, Robin Hobb, Claire Berlinski, James Herriot, Bill Bryson, Michael Pollan
Karen MacInerney is married and currently lives in Austin with her husband and two kids.