Karna Small Bodman
Former Deputy Press Secretary and Writer

Karna Small Bodman was on the air for fifteen years as a television news anchor and reporter in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. She also did political commentary for the ABC Network in New York.


When Ronald Reagan was elected President, he named Karna as his Deputy Press Secretary.  Later, she switched to foreign policy issues and became the Senior Director and Spokesman for the National Security Council – where she traveled to Arms Control Talks with the Soviets, Summit meetings with various heads of state,  and also was sent to several countries in the Far East and South America to give speeches on behalf of the President’s priorities. When she left to accept a position in the private sector, she was the highest ranking woman on the White House staff.


Now, she is writing novels – “political thrillers” inspired by her experiences serving in the White House. Her first novel is titled Checkmate and features characters and scenes inside the White House and throughout the Washington metropolitan area as well as hot spots overseas. Her second book, Gambit, was featured on The Today Show and has the same characters dealing with yet another national security crisis. The third novel, Final Finesse, was published in the spring of 2009. Her most recent novel, Castle Bravo, was published in 2012. She has been traveling extensively on her book tours and has now given over 300 speeches focusing on White House policies and how they impact today’s books and events.


She and her husband, Dick Bodman, maintain homes in Naples, FL, Washington, D.C. and Jackson, WY.

Download Bio
Mass Market Paperbound
Forge Books

Samantha Reid, the White House Deputy Director for Homeland Security, deals with national security threats on a daily basis. When a natural-gas pipeline explodes in America's heartland, she senses pending disaster and tries to convince reluctant officials to take action.

Mass Market Paperbound
Forge Books

Dr. Cameron Talbot, a world-famous expert on missile-defense systems, believes that a new stealth technology is being used to shoot down American planes. With the country in a panic and the economy taking a nosedive, the White House orders the beautiful young scientist to protect America's endangered airways. The assignment places Cammy in mortal jeopardy as she finds herself stalked by nameless assassins.

Mass Market Paperbound
Tor Books

Dr. Cameron Talbot has invented a breakthrough technology to defend against cruise missiles. But she needs support from skeptical company officers, funding from a reluctant Congress, and help from the White House to develop her life-saving project.

Life in the Reagan White House Karna's relfections on her years serving alongside President Reagan, and what life is really like in the West Wing.
From White House to the Page Karna's talk about turning her experiences in the situation room into contemporary novels.

Learn more about Karna Small Boden here.

Praise for the Novels of Karna Small Bodman
“Bodman takes on Washington like only a true insider can, weaving a frightening tale that feels both unerringly authentic and frighteningly real.”
—Kyle Mills,New York Times bestselling author of The Second Horseman

"This exciting political romantic suspense thriller takes off from the onset . . . and never slows down. . . . Fans will appreciate this exhilarating tale as Karna Small Bodman once again combines strange bedfellows: romance and politics."
-Harriet Klausner

“Gripping and authentic.”
—Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author of One Shot