About Karen Anderson

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Karen J. Anderson loves to tell a good story and believes in the power of laughter.  When she graduated from high school she wanted to be an actor, and over the years has broaden the storyline through other media. She is a filmmaker, photographer and author.

She believes everyone has a story and knows a visual image is a great way to capture a moment. She loves capturing moments that help others celebrate, think and appreciate all that they have.

Karen J. Anderson is an artist, writer, photographer, publisher and filmmaker. She uses a variety of methods to uplift, inform and educate African Americans and people of color.

Artist Statement:

I believe stories can be told in many ways and used a variety of methods to uplift, inform and educate African American and people of color. I want my work to bring energy and life to a marginalized community to help it become strong and active. I want to do work that gets people to talking about the issues of life.

She has a Master of Arts in New Art Journalism from the School of the Arts Institute in Chicago. Her undergrad work is from Texas Christian University a degree in Film Production and Journalism. She worked in the journalism field while also pursuing her love of acting. She has performed on stage and in other types of media. She started writing stories when she was 12 years old and has been at it ever since. 

 

FILM

She wrote, produced and directed a short film, 14 to Fate, a story about two different societies coming together when their lives are on the line.  She worked on this project with the 5 Shorts Projects out of Philadelphia  premiered their in August of 2021. 

She wrote and produced the feature film Family Tree, about a dysfunctional family that plans and holds a family reunion after years of not speaking to one another. It showed in two film festivals, The Oklahoma Urban Film Festival and the Festival International du Pan African in the Cannes in 2015.

 

Writing

Anderson has had an article in Chicken Soup for the Soul: I’m Speaking Now! in 2021. She also has had work published on Blavity.

 

PUBLISHING

She has self-published several books:

Dancing During the Storm Vol 1 and 2, a collection of stories she has written over the years. They represent a desire to praise God despite the storms in her life.

ReCovery, the story of a fledgling private consultant who roams through Latin America looking for La Hoya, which her partner guarantees will be a game changer in their race against evil forces. This is book number four the Privateers saga.

Connections, Running for her life, a private investigator discovered that God was the only one with her who wasn’t talking smack, trying to kill her or get into her pants. As she and her friends try to figure out who framed them, they all discover that there was more to each other than they thought they knew.

When You Forget Your Phone, a devotional that challenges the reader to memorize God’s word. It recognizes that it is easier to stand on His promises when your world is turbulent, if you know His word.

Caught in the Crosswinds, a devotional that examines the attributes of God as she has experienced Him.

Destiny’s Dilemma, a historical novel that tells the story of an African American woman in 1912 having to choose between a life of segregation with her family or leaving them and experiencing freedom the rest of the world offered.

Privateers, the first story in the series where a young woman encounters modern day cyber pirates.

How To Raise God Wise Kids In A Satan Rich World, a devotional that has ideas of how to help your children have a personal relationship with God.

Anderson is also working on her third devotional and two more novels in the Privateers saga.

 

In addition to writing and filmmaking, she is also an artist, photographer and podcast host. You can see her artwork at BlackGyrlArt.com.  She does a podcast with her sister, Regina TV Talk with the Sistas

 

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