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Karen White

has been narrating audio books of all genres since 1999, with more than 350 to her credit.

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Karen Grey

is the author alter ego of Karen White. Find her at https://www.karengrey.com/

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From the Blog

Word of the Year 2022:

Leap is a many-sided word. Witness the merriam-webster.com definition which offers three very different points of view on the verb. In the first I find freedom: Definition of leap  (Entry 1 of 2) intransitive verb 1: to spring free from or as if from the ground : JUMP leap over a fence, a fish leaps out of the water The second cautions, but does imply bravery in the contextual example provided: 2a: to pass abruptly from one state or topic to another the difficult leap from college to the workplace While the third veers into the territory of downright criticism: b: to act precipitately leaped at the chance Famous quotes about leaping also stretch from one extreme to the other, too. Charlotte Brontë is full of caution with, “Look twice before you leap,” as is Louis Sachar: “It is better to take many small steps in the right direction than to make a great leap forward only to stumble backward.” Most, if not all, of the quotes I found that encourage leaping (without looking in both directions first) come from artists or philosophers or teachers. Leap, and the net will appear. Julia Cameron, writer All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without benefit of experience. Henry Miller, writer We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success. Henry David Thoreau, philosopher Love is always a leap into the unknown. You can try to control as many variables, and understand a situation as you can, but you’re still jumping off a cliff and hoping that someone catches you. Lisa Kleypas, author So why have I chosen LEAP as my word for 2022? I mean, I’ve always been a bit of a leaper. I’ve moved across the country multiple times, often without a job in place. I published my first novel in 2020. That took a leap of confidence. But this leap feels different. This one is partly about choosing to leave something behind. For the most part, I’ve treated writing romance novels as a business from the beginning, but I kept my 20+ year day job as an audiobook narrator. In December, I decided that 2021 would be my last year to record books. For a variety of reasons, it’s time for me to leave my studio behind and take the plunge. Choosing writing as my primary creative venture and springing free from my identity as a narrator (and the income it provided) feels both risky and liberating. On a day-to-day level, I’m hoping that the word will remind me to take all the little gambols into the unknown, as I write the next book, make the new friend, explore the new neighborhood. Some changes are happening quickly, . . .

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