Karen Strom spent her professional career as an astronomer, retiring in 1999. She worked at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Kitt Peak National Observatory and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. During the last part of this period, she became interested in electronic publication and using the World Wide Web to create interactive visualization tools for concepts that were difficult to teach.

Karen began photographing in 1978. She studied both the history of photography and silver and non-silver photography in studio courses with Todd Walker at the University of Arizona. Her work has been exhibited widely throughout the United States and is held in several permanent collections.

After retirement from academic life in 1998, Karen decided to pursue her interest in the World Wide Web. She is the webmaster for the World Wide Web Virtual Library - Index of American Indian Resources Online as well as the photography websites for herself and her husband, Steve.

In addition to this book, she has authored An Armchair Traveler's Guide to Death Valley and coded the e-book Sand Mirrors: not mind, not sand, not water by Richard B. Clarke and Stephen E. Strom (both available at the iTunes store). Portfolios of the photographs of both Karen and Stephen are also available as ebooks at the iTunes store.