Author Karen Jean Matsko Hood is the wife and proud mother of 16 children and has been a foster mom to 13 foster children. It is no wonder that people often ask: How can she write so many books? The truth is she has been writing for many years and always carries pen and paper wherever she goes to jot down segments of her thoughts. In recent years she has decided to complete her collection of writing for publication.
Karen Jean Matsko Hood began writing as a shy author, but has now developed a voice that is all her own. Hood exhibits a unique story as well as a voice of empathy and purpose; her writing is strong-minded. As a meticulous wordsmith, she combines stories with compassion. Hood has always loved children and is devoted to their needs. It is only natural that she would channel her efforts to include children’s books and poetry.
Hood reminds us of the importance of our links with nature and environment in our daily lives. Her writing carries the urgency and outrage of current social injustice and inequality. The recurring theme in her work is to provide a voice for those whose struggle cannot be heard. Her writing brings poignancy to the most hopeless of situations. She is romantic in her vision for a quest for dignity and social justice.
Author Hood also writes about personal and spiritual themes. She is passionate both as a feminist and as an active children’s rights advocate. She also works to encourage literacy for all ages. Her blend of traditionalism and modernism brings a current freshness and uniqueness to her own poetic voice. She is versatile in her writing style and is able to incorporate a wide range of themes and topics. Her poems have been published in a myriad of magazines and publications.
Born and raised in Great Falls, Montana, as an undergraduate she attended the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota, St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, and the University of Great Falls in Great Falls, Montana. Hood received a B.S. Degree in Natural Science from the College of St. Benedict and minored in both Psychology and Secondary Education. Upon her graduation, Hood and her husband taught science and math on the island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Hood has also completed postgraduate classes at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. In May 2001, she completed her Master’s Degree in Pastoral Ministry at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. She has taken many postgraduate classes: Lewis and Clark College on the North Idaho college campus in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Taylor University in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Spokane Falls Community College, Spokane Community College, Washington State University, University of Washington, and Eastern Washington University. Hood is working on research projects to complete her Ph.D. in Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.
Karen Hood resides in Spokane, Washington, along with her husband, and many of her sixteen children, and foster children. Her interests include writing, research, and teaching. She previously has volunteered as a court advocate in the Spokane juvenile court system for abused and neglected children. Being a literary advocate for youth and adults, her hobbies include cooking, baking, collecting, photography, indoor and outdoor gardening, farming, and the cultivation of unusual flowering plants and orchids. She enjoys raising several specialty breeds of animals including Babydoll Southdown, Friesen, and Icelandic sheep, Icelandic and Arabian horses, Shetland pony, a variety of Nubian and fainting goats, many breeds of chickens, ducks, geese, and other poultry, a few rescue cats, bichons frisés, cockapoos, Icelandic sheepdogs, a Newfoundland, a Rottweiler, and poodle dogs.
Hood also enjoys bird-watching and finds all aspects of nature precious. She demonstrates a passionate appreciation of the environment and a respect for all life.
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