Author Karen Valentin


Karen Valentin is an award winning author of several books. Her latest memoir, The Mother God Made Me to Be (Hachette Book Group) is the winner of The International Latino Book Award. 

With laugh-out-loud humor and raw transparency, Karen shares her journey from Newlywed, to Mother of two, to a single mom trying to heal.

Her first book The Flavor of Our Faith: Reflections on Hispanic Life and Christian Faith was published in English and Spanish hard cover editions by Doubleday in October 2005.


In 2008 it was re-released in trade paperback by Judson Press entitled The Flavor of Our Hispanic Faith.


Her young adult novel The Summer She Changed Her Name (under the trilogy title Hallway Diaries) was published by KimaniTRU (Harlequin) in September 2007.


In 2009, JustUs Books/Kensington Publishers released her children’s books What Did Abuela Say? and Block Party.


She is a contributing writer for Guideposts books.  Her entries are included in Daily Guideposts 2005 and 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, : Spirit Lifting Thoughts for Every Day of the Year, Daily Guideposts: Your First Year of Motherhood, Daily Guideposts Journeys: 35 Years of America's Best-Loved Devotional. 

Kaen is an American born writer who is proud of her Puerto Rican heritage. She graduated from Fordham University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature, and taught English as a second language in France for a year. Karen is an avid traveler who speaks three languages--English, Spanish and French. She resides in Manhattan with her two young sons.