Meet Author, Karen Meyer A.K.A The Ohio Frontier History Lady and Grandma Sarah

Conflict at Chillicothe
Battle at Blue Licks
Missing at Marietta
Whispers at Marietta
North to Freedom
The Tiara Mystery
Simon Kenton: Unlikely Hero

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I was born during World War II, the first in a family of four.  My father was a Navy pilot
and my mother came from sturdy Ohio farm stock.  When the war was over, we settled in my mother's mid-Ohio community. This town, called the biggest little city in the world for its leadership of the Anti-Saloon League, had a strong influence on me. When I was ten years old, my father was killed in a plane crash, flying for a Navy Reserve mission.  Even though I was unsaved at the time, I rested in the knowledge that my father was in heaven.

From the seventh-grade class trip to Serpent Mound to a 12th grade Ohio history project of copying an early settler's diary, I enjoyed studying this subject immensely. Actually writing about history came later; one article published in our alumni magazine about the relocation of a brick home in our town sent me delving into the history of my hometown college.

College (I graduated with English and education degrees) brought many changes. I married my high school sweetheart the week after he was commissioned a new 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force. We traveled from Mississippi to Labrador (and places in-between) for nine years.  Seeing new places gave me a window on regional and national differences. It also gave me an appreciation for my own hometown. That's where we took our three children and put down roots when the time came.  The Lord blessed us with three more children (including a set of twins).

My career as a mother is the best career in the world. The Lord used my children to teach me much during those years. I squeezed writing a few stories into the spaces left from other demands. Since children are the future leaders of our church and our country, teaching them at home and at church is (and was) a priority. Now that I am in a senior career position (read Grandmahood), I have time to do some of the projects I had set aside before.

No biography is complete without a spiritual history. I heard the gospel in grade school at Vacation Bible School. My denominational church didn't preach salvation, but rather good works. The Lord drew me to Himself when my mother took us out of the church I had grown up in to attend services in the basement of a church-planting pastor's house.  My future husband and I were both saved during our senior year of college when we heard the gospel there. That church is now thriving and is the place where we serve the Lord together today, 50+ years later. Teaching children is the spiritual gift I believe the Lord has given me. Other ways I have served the Lord include choir, managing our church bookstore, and counseling at camp. I have many chances to write little skits and puppet shows, and have written seven years' worth of camp devotions books as well.

Dear Mrs. Meyer,
I wanted to reach out to you and let you know how much my children and I have been enjoying your “North to Freedom” novel.  We are a homeschool family here in central Ohio and we found your book this Christmas while touring the Hanby House open house.  We started our history lessons off in January with a study of slavery and the Underground Railroad and we have used your book as our bedtime story each night.  We only read a chapter or two at a time, which leaves especially my nine year old in a great deal of suspense (“you’re KILLING me here!” That’s what she often tells me when I say we are stopping for the night).  Right now we are desperately worried that Tom is in the hands of slave catchers and that Moses might die of that snake bite! 
We have been to both the Kelton and the Hanby houses, and have plans to go to Ripley and see the Rankin and Parker houses this spring.  We have also watched the movie “The Light of Freedom” which deals with the Hanbys and rented a history trunk on slavery from the Ohio History Connection.  So needless to say, adding your book to our very hands-on study of the subject has really rounded it out and added more depth than I ever remembered in my public school days. 

So I just wanted to say thank you for not only a beautifully written historical novel, but for the powerful overtones of God’s guidance and grace that you have woven throughout.  That has become more and more important to our family the farther into this homeschool journey we go.  We have already studied the Revolution, War of 1812 and the settler period, but I want to go and get your other books now and read them. 

My husband and I both are natives of this great state (he from the south and me the north) so all the things you write about are things we have grown up with—they are the places we visited (some in our own backyards) and subjects we learned about as we went through school and again now as we teach our own children. Your talent is being well used, Mrs. Meyer and for that I am sure God is most pleased.
Dawn Rice

Our library system has recently acquired your wonderful books about the Ohio Frontier.  I know they will be popular with our young readers.
I just finished MISSING AT MARIETTA, and must admire your ability to weave early Ohio History with the “story format” that will interest young readers.  In addition, I am a native of Marietta and marvel at your ability to incorporate real pioneers into the story.  Of course, there is ample research materials about the Marietta pioneers to develop a story.
I serve on the Board of Historic Fort Steuben, and made our director aware of your series.  The soldiers who constructed Fort Steuben in 1786 were brought upriver from Fort Harmar.  Today the fort is completely reconstructed, with a Visitor’s Center.
Alan Hall
Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County
Steubenville, Ohio

SYNOPSIS of Karen Meyer's Latest Work
Simon Kenton Unlikely Hero

Simon Kenton Unlikely Hero, introduces us to a man who had a large impact on events of pioneer times in Kentucky and Ohio. This biography combines historical events and characters with the excitement of Revolutionary War battles and Indian captures.

We meet Daniel Boone and George Rogers Clark, Kenton's contemporaries and friends. He shepherded early settlers in Kentucky and Ohio to survive Indian attacks and find land to claim. He served as trusted scout with Generals George Rogers Clark and Mad Anthony Wayne. Even as an old man (by standards of the day) he marched out with General William Henry Harrison to the Battle of the Thames in the War of 1812.

Simon Kenton's biography reveals him as a reckless young man who matured into a legend in his own time.
Other features of Simon Kenton, Unlikely Hero include: maps, drawings, and photographs to illustrate each chapter, short sidebars featuring famous historical events and people, a glossary of unfamiliar words, a bibliography, and a timeline of events. After selected chapters, questions challenge the reader to think of his own reaction to similar events.

This book fills the need for a fresh look at Simon Kenton's life. The biography will appeal to schoolteachers and students who want a factual biography that is still exciting to read. Adults will enjoy Simon Kenton, Unlikely Hero as much as the young readers for whom it is written.