THE AUTHOR AND HER WORKS
K.B. Schaller's love for words developed in grade school after she wrote her first short story. Years later, she earned her master's degree, served as cultural coordinator and art instructor in a reservation academy, and taught the learning disabled in public school--all while eking out time as a novelist and independent journalist.
Now a fulltime writer, Schaller's first novel, Gray Rainbow Journey (OakTara), set in a Native enclave in the Florida Everglades, won a coveted National Best Books Award, sponsored by USA Book News, was a finalist in two other categories, and was a number 3 Amazon fiction bestseller. The novel also won a 2011 Florida Publishers Association President's Best Books Award for Young Adult Fiction.
An interplay of romance, mystery/suspense and religion, the story's heroine, Native American beauty Dina Youngblood, must make tough spiritual choices when tradition and Native Spirituality collide with mainstream faiths and values.
A member of the Native American Christian Church, Schaller is well acquainted with the continuing angst that Dina experiences in the novel's sequel, Journey by the Sackcloth Moon, published in March 2011.
Schaller has been profiled in Native Peoples magazine and the SunSentinel newspaper; has signed copies of her books at Santa Fe's Institute of American Indian Arts and other venues, is often a featured speaker at conferences and has been a guest on nationwide radio talk shows. Also a painter, she frequently creates character illustrations as part of her presentations.
Schaller lives in South Florida with her husband Jim, a design engineer, her mother Lilly, and the family's two cats. "Chief," a rescued stray from the Seminole Reservation, is the prototype for Gray Rainbow Journey's feline character, “Eddie Was”. She is currently working on her third novel.
To schedule author appearances and book signings, please contact rtucker@oakTara.com; or call (630) 464-3909.
CAROLYN G. KINGCADE
Journalism Lecturer, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Author (A.H. Holt) of Blood Redemption, Riding Fence, and other historical novels
Columnist for Indian Life newspaper, Youth Minister to Sandy Bay Ojibway, First Nation, Manitoba, Canada
Co-Founder, Wiconi International
ALMA P. JOHNS
Member, Native American Christian Church Cherokee, North Carolina
West Palm Beach, FL