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 step 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 entirely from dreams (via my dream journal entries). I'm still literally dreaming up the sequel!
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 and swift drafts of
prolific storytellers and series novelists.
My collaborative story effort with
author Joe DiBuduo, The Contest & Other Stories, a connected YA/NA collection of nineteen alternate history, magical realist, paranormal, slipstream, and fabulist tales
inspired by the paintings of
international artists is available in BW and
full color softcover, and in ebook formats at all your favorite online international book emporiums. It is also
distributed in print softcover by Ingram Sparks.
I'm looking for a home for my short
story collection - published and unpublished stories - Loop: Life Is But An Anxiety Dream, and a magical realist novella: Loop: A Dream Novella.
Stay tuned for a new connected short fiction project from Tootie-Do Press by
Joe DiBuduo and Kate Robinson. The muses aimed for a 2020 publication date but the revision is still ongoing . .
. of course it will now be a 2021 production!
The New Engagement
Issue #12 July 2017
::: GREAT SPIRIT'S BUTTERFLIES
Southport Press, 2011
Jerry Jazz Musician
New Short Fiction Award, 2008
Jerry Jazz Musician
New Short Fiction Award, June 2003
reprinted in Tribute to Orpheus
Kearney Street Press, 2012
Exploring the Experience of Disability through Literature and the Fine Arts
Issue 52, January 2006
Muse Apprentice Guild
Volume 2, Issue 1, Spring 2003
Middle-grade short story
First appeared in 31 Nights of Halloween, Rainstorm Press, 2011
Digital publication by Tootie-Do Press, 2019
::: SPACE RACE: ROBOT REBELLION IN THE FUTURE WILD WEST
Tootie-Do Press, 2018
::: A TWISTED GARDEN
::: THE CONTEST and OTHER STORIES
Western State Press, 2015
::: LOST MEMORIES
The Memory Eaters
May December Publications, 2011
::: THE SNOW GLOBE
Runewright LLC, 2011
|Western Press Books, 2015
|Kearney Street Books, 2012
|May December Publications, 2011