About Karen Keilt

Born and raised in Brazil to a Brazilian father and an American mother, Karen Keilt had a childhood of luxury and privilege. She began riding horses at age five and competing at age nine. She attended University of Sao Paulo, Faculdade Objetivo. However, in 1979, she fled to the US, after being unlawfully held prisoner and tortured by Brazilian police for 45 days before being ransomed. Since coming to America, she has enjoyed an eclectic career, including serving as Riding Master at the YMCA, and the first-ever female general manager of a men’s professional RHI League hockey franchise, the Florida Hammerheads. She always gravitated back to her love of writing–first as a newspaper columnist in South Carolina, and later writing four screenplays: The Parrot’s Perch, Bethebotu, The Gnashing of Teeth, and Maracanazo. Keilt enjoys traveling, hiking, Anusara yoga, amateur photography, and horseback riding. She lives in Carefree, Arizona, with her husband, Jack, and their dog, Luna.

Karen Keilt

Photos from Karen’s Life

Karen riding Arden at age 16

Karen riding Arden at age 16

Florida Hammerheads Team Photo, General Manager: Karen Keilt, Top Row, 4th From Left

Tara, Karen’s “pet” tarantula

Hipica Riding Club stables

Hipica Riding Club stables where Karen rode as a child

Karen horseback riding in 1973

Karen horseback riding in 1973

Karen’s writing companion Luna

Karen’s writing companion Luna

Karen at age 23

Karen at age 23