Karen Marie Dion's books, Out of the Orchard: The True Story of Me, and Into The Wilderness, One Woman's Extraordinary Journey through Corruption, Lies, and Betrayal, are true life portrayals that read like fiction. They detail how Karen Marie recovered from a dysfunctional background and traumatic events to find a fulfilling life. Now, she is an inspirational speaker, chef, mother and cancer-survivor who is passionate about encouraging others. Karen Marie coaches small groups, businesses, government, and civic organizations in communication enhancement and leadership development in addition to sharing her stories of inspiration and courage. She lives with her husband in their award-winning bed & breakfast in Vermont where she enjoys her family, historic preservation, gardening, painting, entertaining, and of course, writing.