Bestselling inspirational novelist Karen Kingsbury was born in Fairfax, Virginia. She received a B.A. in Journalism in 1986 from California State University, Northridge and wrote articles for the Los Angeles Times and Daily News. Kingsbury knew at a young age that she wanted to become a writer and later felt called to write Christian fiction. Popular series she has penned include the Redemption, Firstborn, and Sunrise series, and she has also written the nonfiction Miracle Books collection, gift books, and children's books. Kingsbury has won several Retailer's Choice Awards, plus 2005 and 2007 Gold Medallions for Oceans Apart and Ever After, respectively. Her Red Gloves Collection has resulted in numerous nation-wide community service projects, and Kingsbury speaks frequently at women's groups throughout the United States.