Visiting Authors


I am pleased to be part of RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB’S “SPOTLIGHT” AUTHOR BOOK TOUR for Karen Ingalls. Not only is Karen a lovely person, but she has written inspiring books. Her non-fiction book, Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir, won first place at the 2012 Indie Excellence Book Awards in the the category of women’s health.

She is here today to tell us the story behind the story of another book,  Davida: Model & Mistress of Augustus Saint-Gaudens.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beautifully-told story of the love affair between a famous sculptor and his beloved model, Davida, who was forced to remain in the background of his life, even when statues she had modeled for were unveiled to great public acclaim. Her touchstone, in a life that was frequently sad, was to follow her heart.


Karen Ingalls

             Ever since I can remember, my grandfather always appeared sad and troubled. He never talked about his childhood or parents. Even when I asked him questions, he found ways to avoid responding. At one point, my dad and grandmother told me about my grandfather’s life and how ashamed he was of his being a bastard.

            I loved my grandfather very much who was very kind, intelligent, and generous. He was very patriotic, hard-working, and caring. The unconditional love my grandparents shared was a love and marriage I wanted.

            They had no friends. They were friendly to neighbors, but my grandfather lived in fear that people outside of the family would know about his heritage and he would not be liked or approved of because of the circumstances of his childhood.

            I knew that someday I wanted to write about his parents, Augustus Saint-Gaudens who was the preeminent sculptor in America in the late 1800’s and Davida Johnson Clark, his model and mistress. Their love affair lasted over 25 years and they had one child, Louis, my grandfather.

            Louis grew up with very little interaction with his father, who spent most of his time doing his sculptures and traveling. Therefore, he did not learn how to be a father because he truly did not have any role model. Unfortunately, this lack of knowing how to be a father was passed on to his three sons.

            Davida is a story of art, love, fame, infidelity, and the bond between a mother and her son during the Victorian era.



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  1. Gwen Plano says:

    Congratulations, Karen. You so deserve the Spotlight! Thank you, Mary, for hosting today on your beautiful site. I loved each of Karen’s books, and Davida was enchanting. Reading this post brought back all the reasons I loved it. ♥

    1. Mary Adler says:

      Thank you, Gwen. Karen is an inspiring writer. As are you.

    2. Karen Ingalls says:

      Gwen, thank you for all the support you have given me. I do appreciate it.

  2. Gordon Bickerstaff says:

    Huge congratulations to Karen. Enjoy the spotlight. Thanks to Mary for hosting.

    1. Mary Adler says:

      Gorden, thank you so much for stopping by to acknowledge Karen.:)

    2. Karen Ingalls says:

      Gordon, thank you for your support and for leaving a comment.

  3. Soooz says:

    How lovely to see Karen in the spotlight! Davida was such a moving and enjoyable read as are all Karen’s works. Thanks so much for hosting Karen today, Mary. It’s marvelous to see her supported this way.

    1. Mary Adler says:

      Thank you, Soooz. It was my pleasure.

    2. Karen Ingalls says:

      Your compliments are very welcoming and appreciated. I am glad you stopped by today.

  4. denise and Jeff Massaglia says:

    Congrats on being the spotlight author Karen:) I can’t wait to read Davida next. Thanks for hosting Mary.

    1. Mary Adler says:

      Thank you for visiting. Karen is a delightful guest.

    2. Karen Ingalls says:

      I hope you enjoy reading Davida as much as I loved writing it. I am glad that you stopped by.

  5. Michelle Abbott says:

    Karen, your books sound such brave and moving reads! Mary, thank you for hosting today.

    1. Mary Adler says:

      Thank you, Michelle. I was happy to do so.

    2. Karen Ingalls says:

      Michelle, my books are intended to raise awareness about certain social/family issues. Thank you for stopping by.

    3. Karen Ingalls says:

      My books use real life events to bring awareness to certain health, family or social issues. I appreciate your comment.

  6. Karen Ingalls says:

    Mary, thank you, thank you, and thank you for hosting me on your blog. I am most grateful.

    1. Mary Adler says:

      It was a pleasure to have you here, Karen. I admire your writing and your generosity.

  7. Laura Libricz says:

    I really enjoyed Davida and the ‘story behind the story’ is fascinating! Congratulations, Karen and enjoy your spotlight! Thank you Mary for hosting.

    1. Mary Adler says:

      Thank you for coming by, Laura.

    2. Karen Ingalls says:

      I am glad you enjoyed reading Davida. It was my favorite book to write. Thank you for commenting.

    3. Karen Ingalls says:

      Laura, I loved writing this book about two people who have had a great influence on my grandfather in particular. I am glad to hear you enjoyed it.

  8. Maretha Botha says:

    Congratulations, Karen. I’m sure you’ll have an amazing, fun-filled month in the spotlight. Thank you for hosting, Mary!

    1. Mary Adler says:

      You’re welcome, Maretha. It is a pleasure. Thank you for visiting.

    2. Karen Ingalls says:

      Maretha, I know I will have an amazing, fun-filled month in the spotlight. Thank you for your support and stopping by today.

  9. Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

    Congratulations Karen. Since I have this book, I think its time that I read it and soon. lol

    1. Mary Adler says:

      I am sure you will like the book, Shirley. Thanks for stopping by.

    2. Karen Ingalls says:

      Shirley, this was my favorite book to write. I hope you enjoy it. Thank you for your support.

    3. Karen Ingalls says:

      Shirley, I look forward to reading your review. Thank you for your interest in it.

  10. Bette Stevens says:

    Congratulations, Karen. Enjoyed your opening post… Wishing you a lovely tour in the Spotlight!

    1. Mary Adler says:

      Thank you for visiting, Bette.

    2. Karen Ingalls says:

      Thank you, Bette for visiting this blog. I appreciate your support.

    3. Karen Ingalls says:

      Thank you for your good wishes and I am glad you liked the post. I firmly believe in everything I wrote.

  11. Beem Weeks says:

    Congratulations, Karen. You are one RRBC member truly worthy of this incredible honor!

    1. Karen Ingalls says:

      Beem, those are incredibly kind words you have written. I am flattered and humbled. Thank you.

  12. Mary Adler says:

    Beem, Thank you for stopping by and supporting Karen. You are right. She truly deserves this honor!

  13. Flossie Benton Rogers says:

    Karen, your book is on my kindle, and I look forward to delving into it. Your family history is fascinating, and my heart goes out to Louis for his sorrow over the circumstances. How wonderful that he had a loving marriage though. Congratulations on this well deserved honor! Thank you for hosting, Mary!

    1. Mary Adler says:

      Flossie, Thank you for your thoughtful comment on Davida. It is a pleasure having Karen here.

    2. Karen Ingalls says:

      I hope you enjoy reading the book as much as I loved writing it. Your support is important and appreciated, Flossie. Thank you.

  14. Jan Sikes says:

    I am so embarrassed that I missed out on this tour. But, I suppose better late than never. I am thrilled to see Karen Ingalls in the hot seat. She is the most amazing woman! I have Davida on my Kindle. I need to move it up the list. Karen, enjoy your month! Hugs!

    1. Mary Adler says:

      We have all missed something with RRBC because there is so much happening and you are one of the reasons it runs so smoothly, so no cause for embarrassment, Jan. I know you will enjoy Davida. And congratulations on Two Shorts and a Snort. Also well-deserved.

    2. Karen Ingalls says:

      Jan, I am glad you came. “It is never too late” is a philosophy I truly believe in. Your comment means a lot to me, so thank you.

  15. Wendy Scott says:

    I have ‘Davida’ on my TBR list – I’m looking forward to delving into this real life story.

    1. Mary Adler says:

      Wendy, Thank you for stopping by.

    2. Karen Ingalls says:

      Wendy, I hope you enjoy reading Davida which is based on a true story. Thank you for stopping by.

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