Originally from Southern California Karen Cooper now lives in Eastern Washington where she ministers with her husband, Dennis, in a small country church. They have two adult children, Kelli and Dan and three grandchildren. She is a talented seamstress and designer with a passion for poetry. Cooper has become the "Rhyme Queen" for the MokiTime Trio and has not only perfected her poetic skills on this journey, but she has also dabbled in graphic design work with her son Dan Cooper, Cowboy Mac's graphic designer. With her enthusiastic personality and love for flair, Cooper makes the MokiTime creators complete. Behind the scenes, she works as their project manager. When visiting schools she shares her experiences and makes writing and publishing become a reality for her audiences. With her suitcase packed and her coffee in hand, she never misses an opportunity to travel and promote literacy. Inspired by her travels throughout her life she often uses the colors, textures and weaves of other cultures to complement her performances. She believes that every child should have a dream to pursue. For 6 years the MokiTime creators have been traveling throughout the country telling their homespun tale. Collectively, they have been able to accompish writing, illustrating and publishing 3 children's books plus produce 3 musical CDs. What started as a stay-at-home mom's labor of love soon became a book/CD marketed in Nordstrom stores nationally. The creators have a unique story and when they travel to schools they share their "Scratch Paper To Publishing" journey, so students can go behind the scenes and see how authors and illustrators come to be.