V M Karren
V M Karren is the Seattle-born author of The Deceit of Riches Series, which currently includes two historical fiction/suspense novels: The Deceit of Riches and From the Rooftops. He is currently writing a third novel to complete the series.
Karren also penned the anthology of daring short travel stories, The Tales of a Fly-By-Night, and a series of short cultural stories called Armchair Travel: Cultural Fiction for the Restless Wanderer. (See flybynightpress.com for more information on Karren’s cultural short stories.)
Drawn to all things Russian as a young man, Karren went to the former Soviet Union in 1992 for language training, work, and study, visiting the far corners of the former Empire, from Kiev to St. Petersburg, and Moscow to Volgograd. His work as a cruise director and tour guide for Volga-based cruise line, and later in the hotel business gave him insight into the workings of Russian society just following the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
He studied Russian Language and Literature at the University of Nizhny Novgorod. His travels and academic research landed him in some very precarious and dangerous situations, including a friendship with an American spy and run-ins with the FSB, which served as the inspiration for both The Deceit of Riches and October Revelations. Other experiences in Romania, Ukraine, and Western Europe inspired him to write From the Rooftops, The Tales of a Fly-By-Night, and several short stories.
Karren’s restless spirit, sense of adventure, and knowledge of Europe make him uniquely adept at bringing an exciting and often surprising view of Europe to his audience. These books have engaged and educated readers around the world (even readers of pirated copies in Russia) for the past two years, winning The Deceit of Riches international acclaim through both the Next Generation Indie Book Awards and the National Indie Excellence Awards in 2019. Beyond Karren’s studies and work in both Europe and Russia, his career in international trade has carried him to many corners of the world, from whence he brings you a library of hilarious, eye-opening and sometimes heartbreaking stories. He currently lives in the Netherlands, where he runs the small publishing business, Fly-By-Night Press, with his wife Christine. They have four children.