Participant Info

First Name
Karen A.
Last Name
Independent Author/Historian
Website URL
American Revolution, Revolutionary War, 18th Century, American Founding Era, Revolutionary Women, Declaration of Independence, Founding Documents, Narrative Nonfiction, Military & Political Fiction, Daughters of the American Revolution.
Additional Contact Information
Available for a variety of purposes—interviews, to provide perspective, participate in conferences and panel discussions about the specific historic research areas—and also to discuss the importance of combining nonfiction and fiction in the teaching of history. All media options—print, TV, radio, podcast, and other mediums—are accepted.

Personal Info

About Me

Karen A. Chase is an independent author and a Daughter of the American Revolution with the Commonwealth Chapter in Virginia. Her first novel, Carrying Independence, book one of the 3-part Founding-Documents Series, is historical fiction about the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It was awarded #12 on Shelf Unbound’s 100 Best Indie Books of 2019. Her first book, Bonjour 40: A Paris Travel Log, garnered seven independent publishing awards. Karen was a Creative Writing Visiting Scholar with the American Antiquarian Society in 2017. She was a Virginia Foundation for the Humanities fellow for the 2019-2020 academic year, with residency at the Library of Virginia. Her research was for Eliza! Eliza!—a narrative nonfiction work on Eliza House Trist and Eliza Pinckney—two women who helped found and expand America in the 18th century. Originally from Canada, Karen is now chasing histories from Richmond, VA.

Recent Publications

• In production, A Letter of Introduction, historical fiction re: the creation of the US Constitution
• In production, Eliza! Eliza!, narrative nonfiction re: Eliza House Trist and Eliza Pinckney
Carrrying Independence, re: 1776, the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
Historical fiction, published June, 2019
• Decoys, re: 1950s Era Southern Literature. Historical fiction, projected release June 2021
• Published Non-fiction: Bonjour 40: A Paris Travel Log (40 years. 40 days. 40 seconds.)
• Monthly travel/writing columnist for, 2012–2016
Carilion Living Magazine, 2014
• Editor, Church Hill Association Newsletter, 2011-2013
Richmond Times Dispatch, In My Shoes 2010

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
18th century
Expertise by Topic
American Revolution, American Founding Era