Born in Portland, Oregon, Michele Karl attended Portland State University, where she majored in business
and marketing. She eventually settled down in Seattle, Washington, then
experienced a temperature shock when she and her family moved to Florida. After
five years of unexpected heat, the family settled into Seymour, Tennessee, only
a short distance from the Great Smoky Mountains.
Karl has been a freelance writer for some time. Her articles have appeared in dozens of publications, and
she has authored numerous books on memorabilia, including Composition & Wood
Dolls and Toys, Baby Boomer Dolls—Plastic Playthings of the 1950s and
1960s, and Celebrity Dolls.
In addition to writing and collecting, she enjoys flying with her husband in their twin-engine Cessna 310.
They currently reside just outside of Knoxville with their two children, Mathew
and Angela, who have already started their own collections of Pez dispensers,
magic wands, and Beanie Babies.
In her latest book, What Celebrities Collect!, Michele Karl opens the world of
celebrity collectibles to the public. With this admission ticket, many people
who have a passion for collecting, and for Hollywood, will find both their
cravings are satisfied. Revealed within these pages are Ben Affleck's love of
movie soundtracks and Nicolas Cage's collection of European sports cars and
comic books. Sometimes amazing, but always entertaining, this book is every
Hollywood junkie's dream book.
A self-proclaimed pack rat, Michele Karl adores garage sales. She can't pass one up without experiencing
severe withdrawal symptoms. An avid collector of dolls, children's books, and
Marilyn Monroe memorabilia, Karl shares one of her many collections in
Greetings with Love: The Book of Valentines. Complete with over
200 vintage valentines, this volume reveals interesting tidbits of Valentine's
Day history, sprinkled with crafts, poems, and a recipe for chocolate cheesecake
that's sure to win someone's heart on February 14.