Born in Youngstown, Ohio, Karena Kilcoyne is a Midwesterner who packed her bags, kept her values, and moved to where the sun shines pretty much every day.

Growing up, she dreamed of being a prolific writer. Instead, she graduated from Case Western Reserve School of Law. For years, she worked as a criminal defense attorney, focusing on white-collar crimes. She also worked as assistant general counsel for a $6 billion publicly traded company.

A firm believer that not following your passion is the quickest way to an early death, Karena now writes like her life depends on it

She retired from practicing law and started the lifestyle blog, Karousing.com,

as a place to share musings from her smart, sexy, spiritual exploration of life. Here, she shares content offering a deep dive into self-betterment techniques, innovative wellness trends, vetted travel recommendations, and more.

Additionally, over the past two years she completed two related manuscripts.

These narrative non-fiction manuscripts tell the story of her turbulent childhood, revealing how she healed herself from the shame and resentment that kept her traumatized and repressed for decades.


Now on the other side of healing, Karena has learned to have fun.

She loves taking her fur babies to the beach in her vintage Jeep Wagoneer Woody and traveling to far-flung places. She’s won a sailboat race to Cuba with her husband and is absolutely certain that water and wine are better with bubbles.

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