Author Bio


Karen Barbee is a multi-genre author who was raised on a farm outside the “Birthplace of Montana.” After her daughter was enrolled in a learn-to-skate program, she soon found herself in the role of a skating mom. She designed costumes, decorated ice show sets, and even created a “Fabulous 50’s” skating show. Not having a background in the figure skating world, Barbee had to learn how to navigate the ins and outs of the sport to help her daughter accomplish her dreams. The author’s love of figure skating and Montana, inspired her to write the fiction book, On Thin Ice. 

Her first book release, The 406 Table, is a love letter to the state she calls home. Barbee has filled the book with charming stories of growing up on a farm, an abundance of Montana history, and gorgeous photography. As a successful wedding and event coordinator, the author shares special events, parties, and tutorials The 406 Table contains 283 photographs, 124 easy to execute country-comfort recipes, 30 creative event ideas/tutorials, 42 Montana history segments, and 15 charming stories of growing up on a Montana farm. No matter where you call home this book is for you!

Barbee’s third book release is part of a children’s series called Paisley’s Skating Adventures. The series of children’s books, for ages 4 – 10, takes place on a farm in Montana. Paisley’s love of figure skating inspires her to teach her farm animals how to skate. Join the journey as the farm’s pond becomes a skating rink and Paisley becomes their figure skating instructor. The first book of the series is Learn-to-skate, Farm Style.