Karyn W. Tunks grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but she fulfilled her dream of living near the coastline by moving to Mobile, Alabama, for college. She is now an associate professor at the University of South Alabama in Mobile. Tunks also teaches courses in adolescent and childrenâ€™s literature, along with courses on motivating and teaching in the elementary classroom.
She graduated with a BS in early childhood education from the University of South Alabama. While pursuing her MEd, she began teaching kindergarten and first grade in the local school system. Tunks then obtained her PhD in early childhood education from Florida State University and began teaching at the university level. She is a member of the International Reading Association, National Council of Teachers of English, Southern Early Childhood Association, and the Alabama Association for Young Children.
When she is not writing or teaching, Tunks enjoys running—an activity that allows her to concoct new stories, like Jubilee!—and rejuvenating. She also shops, relaxes on the beaches of Alabama, and spends time with her husband and son. The family lives in Fairhope, Alabama, with their cat, Maggy.
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