Welcome

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 occasionally. Her next tour stop is on Nov. 24, 2019 at Cheyenne, Wyoming’s Barnes and Noble Book Sellers. You can book her for writing and photography workshops for adults and children. She also does school visits in person and through Skype. Just contact her through her contact form on her Website, or by e-mailing [email protected] Her workshops and school visits start at $100.

Karen looks forward to meeting and hearing from you soon!

Several other authors and friends of Karen’s are C.J. Box, Craig Johnson, Mary Gillgannon, Amanda Cabot, JoAnne Kennedy, Margaret Coel, Linda Lael Miller and more. Please check out the work that has inspired Karen!

Some of Karen’s favorite children’s book authors are Beverly Cleary, Shel Silverstein, Meg Cabot, Judy Blume, Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel, Roald Dahl, J.K. Rowling, Kim Tomsic, Jean Reidy, Kaz Windness, Katherine Paterson, Lily Williams, Jean Craighead George, Dr. Seuss, Carolyn Keene, Herman Parish, R.L. Stine and so many more it is hard to list them all.   

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:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/KarenCottonCreations

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.

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


K-9 & Deputy Heroes of the Laramie County Sheriff’s Department 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.

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