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Karen Kondazian discusses The Whip on CBS Los Angeles


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STUDIO CITY (CBS) — Author Karen Kondazian stopped by KCAL9 Friday to discuss her new novel, “The Whip”, which details the life of Charley Parkhurst, a woman who spent 30 years in the Old West disguised as a man. Read the full story here.

Karen’s April Book Radio Tour


Karen will be busy on her Radio Tour in the next few Weeks


Fri, March 30th, 2012 – Winnipeg, Canada

Karen gets interviewed on CJOB-680AM “The Drive”

12:15 pm Mountain (1:15 pm Central).

Airs throughout Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Northwestern Ontario and so me of the northern states. More information on their website.


Sun, April 1st, 2012 – Woodstock, NY

Karen gets interviewed on WDST-100.1FM “Woodstock Roundtable”

6:00 AM Mountain (8:00 AM Eastern).

Airs north of NYC, from just north of Westchester County to Albany. More information on their website.


Mon, April 2nd, 2012 – Shenandoah, IA

Karen gets interviewed on KMA-960AM & 99.1FM “The Chuck & Don Show”

7:20 am Mountain (8:20 am Central)

Airs in certain parts of Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and Missouri.More information on their website.


Thur, April 11th, 2012 – Fargo, ND

Karen gets interviewed on Prairie Public Broadcasting (Public Radio) “Hear It Now”

2:00 PM Mountain

Airs statewide and in northwestern Minnesota and eastern Montana. Various Broadcast Frequencies. More information on their website.


Fountain Theatre Interview of Karen Kondazian


Fountain Actress Karen Kondazian Cracks “The Whip” and Writes A Novel

Posted on July 22, 2011 at The Fountain Theatre Blog


Karen Kondazian has starred in the Fountain productions of Master Class (2004) and the Tennessee Williams classics The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore (2007), The Night of the Iguana (2001) and Orpheus Descending (1996). She’s now written her first novel, The Whip.

What is your novel about?

The Whip is inspired by the true story of Charlotte “Charley” Parkhurst (1812 – 1879). Charlotte lived 30 years of her extraordinary life as a man. She became a renowned stagecoach driver for Wells Fargo during the California gold rush. One of her many exploits was the killing of the famous outlaw Sugarfoot, when he tried to rob her stagecoach one too many times.

As a young woman, she fell in love and eventually lived with a black man and had his child. He was hung, her baby killed and she was raped by one of the killers. The destruction of her family drove her out west to California during the gold rush, dressed as a man, to track the murderer. She had many adventures and a secret love affair. She also lived with a housekeeper, who fell in love with her, not realizing she was a woman. Charlotte Parkhurst was the first woman to vote in America (as a man!). Her grave lies in Watsonville, California.