Welcome to the official Website of Karen O. Cotton, author/illustrator of children’s books. Karen was born and raised in Wyoming and still lives there.  Karen does book tours in the Spring and Summer. You can book her for writing and photography workshops for adults and children. She also does school visits in person and through Skype.

Contact her through her contact form on her Website, or by e-mailing [email protected]

Karen looks forward to meeting and hearing from you soon!

Several other Wyoming authors are C.J. Box, Craig Johnson, Mary Gillgannon, Amanda Cabot, and more. Please support all of the authors of the great state of the Rocky Mountain Region. 

Karen belongs to SCBWI. She is rejoining Western Writers of America and Wyoming Writers Inc.

You can buy Karen’s clothing designs, journals and other fashion accessories at https://shopvida.com/collections/cotton-karen/

Karen started selling her photography on Etsy. Click on the link below to view:


Karen’s author Facebook page is here: https://www.facebook.com/writerKarenCotton/

Karen’s music studio : https://www.facebook.com/karencottonmusicstudio/

Read her new blog posts at the News Tab. Feel free to comment, too. Just keep the comments clean.

Here’s the post link, as well.

2018, What a great start!

Karen’s K-9 & Deputy Heroes of the Laramie County Sheriff’s Department book is now in audio format. The link to buy the book is under the books tab of this Website. It’s available on http://www.audible.com and http://www.iTunes.com

Click here to view awards from the Wyoming Library Association

News from 2017






On October 28, 2017 Karen wasn’t able to will sign her two books at her alumni school, the University of Wyoming bookstore in Laramie, Wyoming.


Authors who were at the book signing:

Steve Horn – When They Were Young

Starley Talbott and Michael Kassel – Wyoming Airmail Pioneers

John Waggener – Snow Chi Minh Trail
I will not be attending the book signing at the University of Wyoming, but the other authors who were already scheduled for that day will still be at the UW book store.

I had the stomach flu. I will be returning at a future date. My books will still be available at the UW book store for purchase. Thanks for understanding.

Go Pokes!

Please check back here under the Tours Tab for a new scheduled date once those details will be worked out.

Karen Cotton will be at Barnes and Noble Booksellers of Cheyenne on Saturday, October 14th,  2017  to 5 pm for a First Responders Day.
The K-9 Sheriff’s Unit team of Laramie County will be doing a demonstration at 4 pm that day, Oct. 14th, at Barnes and Noble. This event is also a book fair fundraiser for Sunrise Elementary School. Please mention Sunrise Elementary when you are buying any book at Barnes and Noble of Cheyenne that day.

The online number code for purchases on www.barnesandnoble.com is 12243747 .

Karen’s books Vedauwoo: Hidden Faces in Mysterious Places and the latest book, K-9 & Deputy Heroes of the Laramie County Sheriff’s Department will be available for sale at Barnes and Noble of Cheyenne and she will be happy to sign copies.

Proceeds from the K-9 & Deputy Heroes book will be going to the Laramie County K-9 Sheriff’s Unit’s K-9 program. Thanks and I hope to see you there!

If you can’t make that date, Karen Cotton will be at the University of Wyoming book store for Homecoming on Oct. 28th. Time TBA. The UW tour date is weather depending.
I’ll be doing a new tour in 2017 in support of “K-9 & Deputy Heroes of the Laramie County Sheriff’s Department.”
In September you can see me at the Laramie County Library www.lclsonline.org and Barnes and Noble of Cheyenne, Wyoming www.barnesandnoble.com.
In October you can see me at the University of Wyoming book store for Homecoming! Go POKES! www.uwyo.edu

“K-9 & Deputy Heroes of the Laramie County Sheriff’s Department.” was published May 9, 2017!

This new book is a non-fiction picture book for children. It’s about four K-9s and their handlers and all of the dangerous and heroic cases they’ve been on. Readers will find out about the behind-the-scenes of the department’s trainings and the equipment that is used for their jobs. Learn about Parys, Ali, Ozzy and Lyra. You’ll also meet Deputy Murray, Sgt. Slovik, Sgt. Lambing and Deputy Wright.

Book signing and book launch coming up June 6th


The main photo of this Website header was taken by Karen Cotton. The photo is of Deputy Murray and his K-9, Lyra, sitting in his sheriff’s car.

Karen’s book that is still available in book stores and as an e-book at BarnesandNoble.com and Amazon.com

Back Cover of Vedauwoo: Hidden Faces in Mysterious Places by Karen CottonVedauwoo: Hidden Faces in Mysterious Places by Karen Cotton

“Learn about animals, nature, outdoor recreation, geology and American Indians in Vedauwoo: Hidden Faces in Mysterious Places. Find the faces and shapes in the rocks and animals that are camouflaged in their environment at Vedauwoo, Wyoming, which is located in the Medicine Bow National Forest.”

Purchase Vedauwoo: Hidden Faces in Mysterious Places today at Barnes and Noble