Karen Jane Elliott
A native of Great Britain, Karen Jane Elliott is a graduate of Chelsea College at the University of London. She has lived in the United States since 1995, when she moved with her husband to Seattle, Washington. Karen has enjoyed a number of entrepreneurial positions ranging from computer consultant to aerobics-wear designer. She lives in Wexford, Pennsylvania, with her husband and two children.
Debbie Nunley and Karen Jane Elliott began collaborating on historic restaurant guides/cookbooks in 1999. The two met through their children’s school activities and soon discovered they shared a passion for unique dining. After establishing a monthly diners’ club that appealed to their sense of adventure and love of history, the two turned their attention to writing about their finds and published their first book, A Taste of Pennsylvania History. It was such a success that they quickly looked to neighboring Ohio for inspiration. The following year, they published A Taste of Ohio History. Their third book, A Taste of Virginia History, was encouraged by their North Carolina-based publisher, which was eager to test a market closer to home. In 2005, Nunley and Elliott collaborated again to publish A Taste of Maryland History.