Karen was married the first time when she was 18 years old and thought she would be very happy. By the time she was 23, she was divorced with a young son and another one on the way. She learned firsthand that God is her husband when He gave her the scriptures from Isaiah 54. She went back to college as a single mom, met her husband of 24 years, Dan Greenwell, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics with a minor in Physics. She worked at Lockheed Technical Operations Company (now Lockheed-Martin) for four years as an Orbit Analyst. She then taught Math and Science to High School students at Christian Community Academy in San Jose, California.
She started writing her book, A Romance With the Master: 21 Ways to Connect With God, based on Isaiah 54:4-17, around the time the school closed and she lost her job as a teacher. She continues to tutor, write, landscape and garden and do anything else that comes her way. In 2011, ovarian cancer was found during a routine surgical procedure. Karen went through chemotherapy, and later a double mastectomy as preventative surgery and breast reconstruction. She has been cancer-free for two years now. She has turned her book into a Bible study and is now teaching it during an eight-week course at her church, GateWay City Church in San Jose. She and her husband, Dan, make their home in San Jose where Dan is a DocumentationManager for a networking company. Her two sons are grown and have families of their own in Portland, Oregon, and Sacramento, California. Karen enjoys reading, writing, sewing, cake decorating, gardening, teaching, and spending time with her granddaughters and horses.