About the Author

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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.

Val’s debut novel, The Deceit of Riches, has just been selected as Finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2019!  NGIBA is the largest not-for-profit awards organization in the USA for independent authors and publishers.



We are currently scheduling book events in the US for the summer of 2019, for the presentation of The Deceit of Riches by V M Karren:

Venues and dates of events currently scheduled:

Provo City Library, Thursday, August 1st, 2019 at 7:00 pm.

Idaho Falls Library, Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 at 3:00 pm.

The Neverending Bookshop, Saturday, August 10th, 2019 at 2:00 pm.



Part of a book club and interested in a free interactive group experience with your book’s author?  Val Karren, author of The Deceit of Riches, is available to participate via Skype in book club discussions about his books. For more information or to make an appointment, contact him at flybynightpublications@gmail.com. No group is too small.



Val Karren is available for speaking engagements and other events in both the US and Europe by appointment.  Please contact him via flybynightpublications@gmail.com.


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 on The Deceit of Riches from a recent book signing:


View Val’s introductory author interview: