About the Author

Author's photoVal has just written a new novel, From the Rooftops, which will be released in the Spring of 2019.

V M Karren is the author of The Deceit of Riches, a conspiracy thriller set in Russia in 1995, when the mafia wars for control of the spoils of the Soviet Union were at their peak. With the Russian government broke, natural resources, arms and technologies were being looted and sold by criminals to the highest bidders, domestic or otherwise.

Drawn to all things Russian as a young man, Karren went to the former Soviet Union in 1992 for language training, work and study,  visiting the far corners of the former Empire, from Kiev to St. Petersburg, Moscow to Volgograd. His travels and academic research landed him in some very precarious and dangerous situations, which serve as the inspiration for his first novel.

It took Val six years to earn a bachelors degree because he wouldn’t sit in the classroom and read about the Velvet Revolution as it spread through the Soviet Union and over Eastern Europe. He did everything he could to be in the middle of it and experience it for better or for worse.

Val eventually earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Slavic Languages and Literature from the University of Washington in Seattle, and an MBA from the Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands.  His studies and work in both Europe and Russia and his career in international trade has carried him to many corners of our wonderful world, and he has created a library of hilarious, eye-opening and sometimes heartbreaking stories from across Europe, Russia, & Arabia. He lives in Europe still with his wife and four children.


An article recently appeared in the Deseret News about Val’s background and his book The Deceit of Riches.  Click HERE to read it


Click on the image below to view the highlights of Val’s presentation from a recent book signing:


View Val’s introductory author interview: