Dr. Karen Pirnot and I have won a couple awards for our book with these being a few from As I Am. 

  • The Reader's Favorite Literary - 2009
  • The Royal Palm Literary Award
  • The Parent's Life Buzz Award
  • Mom’s Choice Award -- Distinguished Honoree - March 30th 2011 
  • Silver Medal WinnerPicture of Book Award

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Dr. Karen Hutchins Pirnot Biography

Dr. Pirnot has worked with children and families in various capacities for the past fifty years. While 

in private practice in Iowa, she worked extensively with children and adults in the juvenile justice 

system. She has also worked in consultating for schools and hospitals.

As a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Pirnot has spoken to groups and lectured in universities. In 

addition to her work with children and families, Dr. Pirnot has worked with female inmates in the 

prison system and with death and dying issues with geriatric residents in long term care facilities.

Dr. Pirnot is married, with three children whom she raised prior to her return to school for graduate 

work. After moving from Iowa, she had a private practice in Sarasota, Florida prior to her retirement 

in 2005.

Following her retirement, Dr. Pirnot began to publish books she had written during her clinical 

practice years. She writes about the imagination and motivation of children while attempting to 

empower the child characters in her books. Many of her adult novels also contain interactions with 

children, with emphasis on respectful and growth-oriented interactions between and among the 


Dr. Pirnot has completed an award-winning series about special needs children. She is currently 

writing a mid-grade series about special needs children who strive to live ordinary lives through 

facing adversity and coming out winners. The series is entitled Ordinary Kids and it features 

individuals with paralysis, brain trauma, blindness, obesity and personal family frustrations.

Karen spent 7 years as my childhood psychologist, whom I met while I was in the hospital prior to being 

released. We have continued to remain friends for over 30+ years and we will always have that bond, both in thought and spirit.

My dear friend, Dr. Karen Hutchins Pirnot and co-author of As I Am, also has a website for all of you to 

view. She has a detailed autobiography of herself, a brief description of all of her most recent 

publications, and contact information on how to buy our books directly from her page also. Please feel 

free to click on her link below or feel free to click on related links.