Karen Gonzalez was born in New York City. As a child, her family moved to New Orleans and then to rural Picayune, Mississippi, where she spent most of her childhood. After marrying the love of her life, physician Federico Gonzalez, they moved to the Boston area. Karen is an operating room nurse and her husband and she have been married for twenty-eight years. They have four beautiful daughters and now reside in the Kansas City locale.