About Cheryl

In 1997 Cheryl launched Gently Spoken, a publishing and product development company. As the author of 26 books, Cheryl has sold nearly one million copies. Best known as the author of the Eat Your Peas Collection, Cheryl is dedicated to helping others communicate love, hope, and encouragement when they can’t find the words themselves. In 2009, Cheryl signed an eight book publishing contract with Thomas Nelson Publishers. Visit www.cherylkarpen@aol.com to see a complete collection of her products.
With only $1,000 and a $1500 credit line, Cheryl launched Something Different, a lifestyle store dedicated to celebrating and inspiring women. In 1997, Cheryl opened a second store, named it Pure Bliss and never looked back! Dedicated to nothing you need, everything you want for a romantic getaway, Pure Bliss was named the Most Romantic Store in the Twin Cities by the StarTribune. Filled with luxury bedding, candles, books on communication, Pure Bliss was featured numerous times in local and regional media. Cheryl is also considered a retail expert and often speaks at major gift industry events.

Cheryl often refers to herself as the “Gift Archiologist,” Whether she is addressing CEO’s or soccer moms and dads, she is dedicated to helping others recognize and celebrate their unique gifts in life. In the world of commerce, Cheryl is considered a retail, customer relationship and branding expert.

Married to Mark Dougall, the conveyor guy, she has two bonus children, Tim and Katie. Cheryl divides her time between the Florida Keys and Oak Grove, MN where she thrives on living her four P’s. An avid kayak enthusiast, biker, hiker, reader, and traveler, she loves creating serene environments, both indoors and out.

To learn more about how Cheryl can energize and inspire your group or organization, please contact her at 612-207-4875.