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Kate's first book

Prophetically, I hold a book of Mother Goose rhymes in my first baby portrait. Reading became one of my passions early on. Though I intuit a previous incarnation as a poet, and began writing poetry at age ten in this life, I couldn't imagine ever writing fiction. I thought I lacked the imagination and discipline to master the craft.

After reading literally thousands of picture books to my four kids at bedtime - they demanded stacks of stories, not just a single tale - I was bitten by the fiction muse. I began crafting children's stories after the birth of my third child, then tentatively eased into scribbling literary stories for adult readers. I crashed and burned early on until I educated myself about the craft and joined a critique group. My first baby steps in writing fiction was to record my dreams in descriptive form in my dream journal.  Today, I still gather many of my ideas from dreams, and have completed a 42,000-word novella crafted almost entirely from my dreams.
 
Before I started writing fiction, I limited myself to reading nonfiction with an occasional fiction "treat," because I rationalized that entertainment was frivolous, as though literature had no merit . . . Now I know better. We understand more about human strengths and frailties through vicariously experiencing the trials and tribulations of fictional characters. It's more fun to learn hard lessons the easy way, via evocative literature!
 
A slow writer, I tend to complete pieces in cautious duets and triplets, working on them for weeks, months, or even years - I envy the busy minds of prolific storytellers!
 
I'm looking for a home for my short story collection, and
collaborating with author Joe DiBuduo on The Contest & Other Stories, a connected collection of magical realist, slipstream, dark fantasy, paranormal,  alternate history, and fabulist stories inspired by the paintings of famous international artists.
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Southport Press, 2011

PUBLISHED STORIES

The New Engagement
Issue #12 July 2017
 
::: GREAT SPIRIT'S BUTTERFLIES
Southport Press, 2011
 
::: THE UPSTAIRS ROOM
Allen Ashley, ed. London: Elastic Press, 2008  
 
 
Reprinted in:
2014
 
:::
OFF-KEY
Jerry Jazz Musician
New Short Fiction Award, 2008
 
Jerry Jazz Musician
 New Short Fiction Award, June 2003
reprinted in Tribute to Orpheus II
Kearney Street Press, 2012  
Literary Mama
July 2005
 Reprinted in Kaleidoscope:
 Exploring the Experience of Disability through Literature and the Fine Arts
Issue 52, January 2006
::: NORMAL
Muse Apprentice Guild
 Volume 2, Issue 1, Spring 2003
 
 
With co-author Joe DiBuduo
 
::: CHEATER
Western State Press, 2015
 
::: LOST MEMORIES
The Memory Eaters
 
::: A TWISTED GARDEN
May December Publications, 2011
 
::: THE SNOW GLOBE
Runewright LLC, 2011
 

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Western Press Books, 2015

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Kearney Street Books, 2012

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Elastic Press, 2008

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November 2014

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Runewright, 2011

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May December Publications, 2011

 
Stories can conquer fear,  you know. They can make the heart bigger.
::: Ben Okri
 
 
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