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Now available on Ebook! The newly revised and edited The Actor’s Encyclopedia of Casting Directors. This in-depth book about the casting process informs actors what each casting director likes, dislikes and is searching for in the audition process. Featuring over 100 interviews with Casting Directors, they have the talent to identify which actor will fit that one role, filtering through hundreds of ‘potentials,’ eventually delivering that actor into the hands of the decision makers.

Video: Karen visits Charley Parkhurst’s grave at the Pioneer Odd Fellows Cemetery in Watsonville, CA.

Video: Cold Spring Tavern Stagecoach Stop. Karen details the Tavern’s history and its connection to Charley Parkhurst. The Tavern was built the 1860’s as a way station to serve the travelers on the new “turnpike” over the San Marcos pass that was constructed by Chinese laborers to ease transportation over the mountains.

Video: ‘Stagecoach Rules of the Road.’ Featuring highlights from the Wine For Words Gala Fundraiser – Friends of the Library, Placerville chapter.

Q&A with Karen Kondazian in Morgan Hill Life Magazine by Marty Cheek: Surprising history of ‘one-eyed’ Charley Parkhurst told in ‘The Whip.’ Read interview

Karen interviewed by Reiner Boller about her relationship with actor, Lex Barker.
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A fun video interview with Actors Studio Interviewer and member John Solari, on May 3. 2015 – talking about Acting and Life and the stories that turned us into who we are.
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You have the chance to play the game of casting The Whip movie on IFLIST.com… let’s hear your ideas! (Jennifer Lawrence, Shailene Woodley, George Clooney, Morgan Freeman have already been nominated!) Play the game.

The Whip wins the 2014 Readers Favorite Gold Medal Prize in the Fiction-Western category! Read press release.

Karen to participate in IWOSC READS ITS OWN. The event takes place on Sunday August 3rd, 2014 from 2-4pm at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101. Read press release.

From Hollywood Starlet To Award-Winning Author of An Old West Saga, a conversation with Karen on Interviewing Authors with Tim Knox. Listen here

The Whip reviewed by the Kirkus Review. Read the review.

Karen talks about Charley Parkhurst on Travel Channel’s “Hotel Secrets & Legends: Oregon’s Wolf Creek Tavern.” Watch clip here
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Review of The Whip by Julia Ann Charpentier via ForeWord Reviews. Read the review

Gold Rush Woman Lived Her Life Disguised as a Man, a review of The Whip by Mary Magee on Gateline. Read more

Review of The Whip by Danika on The Lesbrary Book Blog. Read more

The Whip reviewed by Dawn Wink in Story Circle Book Reviews Read more

An essay/review comparing the alteration of appearance for survival in The Whip and H.G. Wells’ The Invisible Man by Avil Beckford. Read more

Broadway World.com reviewer Don Grigware names The Whip “Best Of 2013” on his book list! Read more

Kayti Nika Raet reviews The Whip on Readers’ Favorite. Read more

Vanessa Kachadurian reviews The Whip on She Writes Blog. Read more

The Whip in The World News Report – The Little Book That Could: As Novel Continues to Win Awards, Author Reflects on the Value of Perseverance. Read more

Rachel Thompson, San Francisco Book Review columnist & Principal of Bad Redhead Media interviews Karen. Discussed are The Whip’s themes, how to apply acting methods to the writing process, how writing at night may be the purest form of getting words onto the page and Karen’s worldly adventures. Click to watch

Accessing Your Emotions for Writing through Acting Exercises article by Karen Kondazian, featured on The Artist Unleashed blog. Read more

Interview with Karen on RobGirlBooks’ blog. Read more

The Whip featured on Indie Book Promo.com. Read more

The Whip awarded Gold Prize in Historical Fiction & Best Western Fiction2013 Global Ebook Awards. Read More

“The Whip” awarded “Best Western” – 2013 International Book Awards – Honoring excellence in independent and mainstream publishing. Press Release

“The Whip” wins “Best Western” – 2013 National Indie Excellence Awards – This Los Angeles-based competition is judged by independent experts from all aspects of the indie book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters. Read More

Women Writing the West Blog announces two “Best Western” awards “The Whip received in 2013 by the International Book Awards and National Indie Excellence Awards. Read More

“The Whip” was voted one of the Top 12 Best Western Books on Goodreads.com. Click to view list

Robin Weigert (Calamity Jane/HBO’s “Deadwood”) talks about narrating “The Whip” audio book on “It Matters Radio” Watch here

Monterey County Weekly: Roughin’ It – A Stagecoach Driver’s Central Coast Adventures – and secret life. Read the article

The Whip featured on The Spirited Woman Top 12 Spring Reading list! Click here to view the list and find out more about Spirited Woman, one of the leading women’s empowerment communities in the world.

The Whip Voted #1 on Goodreads.com poll: Books That Should Be Made Into A Movie. Click here to vote!

Karen Kondazian makes her 2nd appearance on  the Jan Wahl Show – KRON 4, San Francisco. Click here to watch.

Advocate.com: The Whip: Straddling Gender Roles in the Wild West by Nick Pachelli. Read the article.

The Whip featured on Heidi M. Thomas’ blog. Heidi is a WILLA Literary Award and Epic Award Winner. Read the blog.

The Whip is a “Featured Western” on Western E-books.com. View the page.

USA Book AwardUSABookNews.com, the premier online magazine and review website for mainstream and independent publishing houses, announced the winners and finalists of THE 2012 USA BEST BOOK AWARDS on November 16, 2012. Winners and finalists were announced in over 100 categories covering print, e-books and audio books. Awards were presented for titles published in 2012. The Whip won the 2012 USA News Book Award Best Historical Fiction.


The Whip featured on the cover of Publishers Weekly.




Watsonville’s Register-Pajaronian article: Novel about local legend Parkhurst earns award. Read the article.

Karen Kondazian’s Critically Acclaimed Novel The Whip to be Released by Audible.com as an Audiobook. View the audiobook.

Art Kusnetz The Cafe interview w/ Karen Kondazian. Read the interview.

Bookotron.com article – Karen Kondazian Cracks ‘The Whip’

NBC/ABC Monterey Highlights Karen Kondazian and The Whip – New novel details legendary Watsonville woman’s life. Watch the video.

Metamorphosis – Janice Brooks on The Whip in Elan Woman’s Magazine. Read the article.

The Hot Mommas Project: The Whip: Celebrate Social Justice, Women’s Leadership, and Win. Read the article.

KRON/NBC’s Jan Wahl discusses why The Whip would make a great film. Read the article.

The Whip excerpt from book featured on Huffington Post. Read excerpt.

Bookpleasures.com Norm Goldman interviews Karen Kodanzian. Read the interview.

Fountain Theatre Actress Karen Kondazian at Book Soup. Read the announcement.

Peter Robinson interviews Karen Kondazian for The Commuter Times. Read the interview.

Women Writing the West Blog post. Read the post.

The Whip still #1 on the Book Soup Bestseller List for a 2nd week in a row. See the list.

Book tour for The Whip begins in Watsonville, CA. Read more here.

Read the Watsonville’s Register-Pajaronian article.

Read how Kondazian liberates Charley Parkhurst’s story in her novel The Whip.

Read the Fountain Theater Blog interview with Karen Kondazian.