Season 2 | Episode 2 • Patrice Karst
Host & Guest
Guest, Patrice Karst
Host, Kathleen Kaiser
Producer, Adanna Moriarty
About This Episode
Patrice Karst, million-selling children’s book author of “The Invisible String.” We talk about her years-long struggle to find her audience and the amazing take-off of the paperback version with her new publisher Little, Brown Books. She now has a series of books helping children and adults deal with loss.
About Partice Karst
Patrice Karst is the author of the bestselling, contemporary classic children’s (and adults’!) book The Invisible String, which has sold over 1 million copies. It is the story of the String (made out of love!) that connects us all.
In addition to being shared by all ages as a gift for many of life’s milestone moments, it is also being used by schools, psychologists, hospices, grief groups, the military, hospitals, the prison system and multiple organizations worldwide for any kind of loss or separation issues, and gives children a tangible understanding of LOVE. A leading title for healing, comfort, bereavement and counseling of children and their families since its original publication in 2000, The Invisible String continues to soar because of its timeless message.
The paperback version of the book published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers (Hachette Book Group) features all-new illustrations by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff and a letter from the author.
Patrice has also written The Invisible Leash: A Story Celebrating Love After the Loss of a Pet, The Invisible String Workbook: Creative Activities to Comfort, Calm and Connect, a therapeutic activity book co-written with Dana Wyss, Ph.D., and The Invisible Web: A Story Celebrating Love and Our Universal Connection.
In December 2020 You are Never Alone (An Invisible String Lullaby) was released.
Patrice and her books have been widely featured in print and broadcast media and she is a well-loved public speaker. Her work touches children and adults alike. Love and the needs of the heart are something Patrice understands well. She has made a literary career out of addressing in warm and humorous prose the challenges that tickle or trouble our souls, both spiritually and practically. Patrice’s books are the perfect fit for the time in which we live, offering comfort, support and wisdom in her down-to-earth way.
All of Patrice’s books carry the universal theme of LOVE. Her adult books include God Made Easy and The Single Mother’s Survival Guide, and her other children’s titles include The Smile That Went Around the World. Patrice is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and her books have been translated worldwide.
Born in London, England, she moved to the United States as a child, where she spent many a night pondering the meaning of life under the canopy of stars, and she has been on a fascinating creative and spiritual journey ever since. A “seeker” and spiritual student since childhood, her quest culminated in the writing of her first bestselling book. Hers is a miraculous story: On the morning of November 11th, 1995, she was woken from a dream and an inner voice “told her” to write her first book. She did it in an hour and signed a publishing deal for God Made Easy three weeks later.
The single mother of Elijah (now grown and living nearby), Patrice lives and writes near the beach in Ventura, California, where she is currently editing her memoir (and what a wild ride it has been!), working on more titles, and still gazing up in wonder at starry nights.
In today’s episode, our guest Kimberly Davis Basso talks about self-publishing. She has won multiple awards for her books, two memoirs (I’m a Little Brain Dead and Birth and Other Stories), plus a new book of horror short stories (Next Door). Kimberley is a wealth of information and shares it freely with our listeners.
In Part two of our LA Times Festival of Books author showcase, we talk with three more authors who will be in the WPN booth (#200). Norbert Soski, Author of Only Human, A Guide to the Human Operating System; Rosalinda Diaz, Author of Rom-Com Bee Stings; and Adanna Moriarty, best-selling author of Threadbare, a Patchwork of Poems that Make a Life. In this episode, you get to know each author and what you can expect from them at the festival. Both Norbert and Rosalinda have cool giveaways for the folks who buy their books during the weekend (April 23 &24), and Adanna’s publisher is bringing all sorts of goodies.
April is an exciting month for the book world. The LA Times Festival of Books is the largest book fest in the country, usually seeing 150,000 guests throughout the weekend. The last two years have put a halt to this giant outdoor festival, but 2022 brings it back to life. Expecting around 100,000 people to walk around the festival held on the USC campus in Los Angels. Every year WPN reserves a big booth, and our members join us, allowing them to really sell and hype their books up. It’s networking at its most pure. In this episode, we talk with three authors from the WPN booth, Shirley Strickland, author of The Awakening of La Muse; Tamara Miller Davis, author of Despite the Buzz; and Catherine Klatzger, author of You Will Never Be Normal. These 3 ladies have written inspiring stories, all very different voices that need to be heard.