When Karen Hardy secured a publishing contract with John Wiley & Sons to update a research report into a book, she thought she had reached utopia. But that was before she learned of the news that her book Enterprise Risk Management: A Guide for Government Professionals had nabbed the #6 spot on Amazon's Top 100 Best Sellers List in Risk Management.
"I kept checking my daily status report, because its good to measure your progress," says Hardy. "The book was first ranked in the 1,000s in the beginning. To see it reach #6 is a dream come true!" she expressed. "I have always been the underdog. There are some really good writers and authors in this field. Very seasoned professionals, some of which I have worked with," she said. "So to make this milestone is not only a validation, but a personal achievement I have dreamt about." Indeed it is. Karen's mother didn't finish school and only made it to the 8th grade and her father was a truck driver.
She is one of 8 children. Growing up, she and her younger brother and sister use to spend summers creating their own activities, which included drawing pictures and writing poems. "Back in that day, you made your own fun. There was no computer. All we had was a blank sheet of paper, a pen, and a lot of time to use our imagination." she recalls. "My brother and I created comic strips. But I gravitated to finding ways to rhyme words. Before I knew it, I was enrolling in college to major in Journalism years later. I've been writing ever since." Now that she has reached this dream, what is in store you may ask? "I will keep writing," she responded. "There is always something to write about."
To learn more about Dr. Hardy's publications, visit her author page.