After living in the South for the better part of her life, Karen Syed aka Alexis Hart has managed to get back to the great North. Life is treating her well in Laurel, Maryland where she and her husband have settled. She is the president and owner of Echelon Press. This wasn't always the case.
In a former life, when she owned an Independent bookstore in Grand Prairie, Texas, she was nominated for the Publishers Weekly 2000 Bookseller of the Year.
Karen has had eight full-length romance novels published, is a featured author in three anthologies and has five more books scheduled for release at some point before she...well, eventually. Her stories run from straight contemporary to paranormal/ghost/time travels. Her latest title, Dark Shines My Love was featured in the Mr. Romance Cover Model Pageant at the RT Booklover's Convention in Kansas City, MO in October 2003.
She has served as an Educational Workshop Coordinator for the Romantic Times National Convention, founded a Romance Writers of America Chapter, and spent fifteen years molding the minds of the future (read: preschool teacher.) In addition to everything else, Karen is the founding Director of the IP Directive (Independent Publishers Directive), a promising organization committed to increasing the success and productivity of independent publishers worldwide, and the chairperson for the EPIC (Electronically Published Internet Connection) Publishers Coalition. She is a member of the Horror Writers of America and to date, a displaced member of Sisters in Crime.
In her spare time she is an interim staff member of the Carroll Community College in Westminster, MD where she teaches a course in Preparing for Publication. She also serves as a Member at Large for the Maryland Writers Association.
Karen is a Red Hat Society member looking for someplace to hang her "Pink" hat.