Professional Writing Biography
Karla Akins is an award-winning, prolific writer of books, short stories, plays, poems, songs, and countless nonfiction articles. Her biography of Jacques Cartier went #1 in its category on Amazon. Her most recent book, a memoir about her twin adopted sons, entitled, A Pair of Miracles: A Story of Autism, Faith and Determined Parenting will be on bookshelves July 2017 (published by Kregel Publications).
Besides writing biographies and history books for middle grades, she also writes fiction. Her first fiction novel, The Pastor’s Wife Wears Biker Boots was released in 2013. Her short stories have been published in four Splickety Magazine editions. She blogs at her website and on her History Scroll blog that interacts with the history books she writes for middle grades.
She is a classically trained musician on piano, violin and voice as well as a bible scholar. She earned her seminary degrees at Kingsway Theological Seminary including a BA in Pastoral Theology, and a master’s and doctorate in Christian Education. She also holds a BA in Special Education and is a licensed public school teacher.
Karla is a pastor’s wife, mother of five, and grandma to seven beautiful little girls. She lives in Northeast Indiana with her husband, twin teenage boys with autism, mother-in-law with Alzheimer’s and three rambunctious dogs. When she’s not writing she’s riding her motorcycle, taking pictures, and looking for ancient treasure.
I’ve always been a little weird. While most kids were out dating and partying in high school, I was sitting at my typewriter (you know, those things we used to write with when dinosaurs roamed the earth) writing plays, poems and stories. My senior year in high school my drama teacher rounded up enough students to perform one of my plays—a three-act musical—at a theater convention in New York City.
In grade school I’d read the entire fiction, biography and history sections of the school library. I read some of the science section but I was mostly interested in how people’s stories played out. I can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t love books. My parents kept shelves full of them, and I think I’d read a great deal of the classics by the time I was in eighth grade.
Circumstances of my childhood created opportunities for developing a vivid imagination. Even when I found out at the age of nine that my mother was my step-mother, I imagined my birth mother a Russian princess. I was more fascinated with the drama of being an abandoned child than I was with the sad reality of it. I think I still am.
One thing that was consistent in my childhood was that I had a rich resource of supportive adults in my life: school teachers, Sunday school teachers, and parents who loved books and supported my writing. I entered all sorts of writing contests as a kid. One morning I heard my name mentioned and my poem read on the radio when I won a tie for my father with a poem I’d written.