Author Karen F. Riley has been writing since she was 8 years old. Nationally published at the age 11; her work has appeared in NJ Monthly, the Asbury Park Press, Tri-Town News, The New Egypt Press and other media. Whispers in the Pines: The Secrets of Colliers Mills was originally introduced in May of 2005 after 5 years of research into the Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area. Her 2nd book, Voices in the Pines: True Stories from the New Jersey Pine Barrens, was released in April of 2009. Her 3rd book is due out in April of 2010. Karen, her husband, Bill and their three children - Lisa, Laura and Chris - moved to New Egypt, NJ in 1992. With her home and office across the street from the northern fringes of the Pine Barrens, it was only a matter of time before this unique area captivated her heart. Subsequent book signings and talks and additional research broadened her knowledge and love for this area and bringing out a revised edition of Whispers in the Pines was a natural fit. She looks forward to encouraging and educating more people about this fascinating area.
Illustrator Andrew Gioulis grew up in a family of skilled artisans. He started out as an illustrator and still incorporates sketches into his work as a graphic designer. Andrew holds a B.S. in Graphic Design/New Media Design from Roberts Wesleyan College and is currently working on his MFA. He has garnered 30 awards for his innovative style. Andrew created the illustrations and front cover art for Voices in the Pines. He developed his knowledge and a passion for the pinelands while working on that book. Whispers in the Pines gave him an opportunity to return to the sketchbook to capture once more this unique region. Andrew resides by the Jersey Shore where he can indulge his love of surfing and photography.
KFR Communications is owned by Karen and Andrew. This multi-faceted communications firm located in the heart of NJ, specializes in custom graphics and website design. They handle a wide range of layout and design, including catalog creation, brochures, direct mail pieces, bookmarks, business cards, presentation folders and more. Their marketing expertise extends to advertising campaigns, trade show display creation, design and implementation of signage, banners and other media. Included in the wide range of services they offer is copywriting, photography and illustration. They can help you promote your business or book. More information can be found at www.kfrcommunications.com.