Since high school, Kathryn’s goal has been to become a published author. She pursued that dream relentlessly, studying under Rita Gallagher (co-founder of Romance Writers of America) to learn the industry and her craft. She eventually obtained representation from a highly respected NY agent. Unfortunately, becoming a traditionally published author was not in the stars.
Her writing languished for several years. The rejected manuscripts were no longer eligible for submission to any NY publishing house because once rejected, they cannot be submitted again. They sat on the shelf neglected, covered in dust bunnies and cobwebs while she focused on her professional career of accounting and office management. Accounting wasn’t a subject she enjoyed, but she was good at it.
Then in 2011, life proved to Kathryn that nothing is ever guaranteed when she lost that practical job of accounting (and with over thirty years of experience) and in the same month her husband was also laid off from his job. Both of them suddenly and unexpectedly out of work, they struggled to pay the bills.
A friend of Kathryn’s suggested she take another look at her writing. Having nothing left to lose, she pulled up Amazon’s KDP contract and took a hard look at it. The manuscripts moldering on the shelf would never go anywhere (yet somehow they had survived two hurricanes). She decided that if they could collect dust on the shelf, they could collect dust on Amazon just as well. Perhaps, just perhaps, they could make enough in a month for gas money to drive to job interviews.
Kathryn jumped into independent publishing with both feet at the end of 2012. Because of her past experience, she knew how to market a loss lead, and recognized the value of promotion. In January 2013, to her shock, one novel, Mist Warrior, earned more than she made working the office accounting job in one month.
Then the other books started to make their impact known, and Kathryn not only earned that gas money, but rose to the top ten in author rank in her genre. To say she was absolutely stunned with this turn of events is an understatement. She discussed everything with her husband, crunched the numbers, and developed a plan. Now she pursues the dream that had suddenly presented itself as more viable than the “guaranteed” route full time.
Kathryn writes primarily medieval historical romance but also has a passion for fantasy, paranormal, and contemporary suspense thriller.
She is a Southern California native and was an equestrian, competing in dressage and jumping. After moving to the Southeast Texas area with her husband in 1992, she helped start the equestrian guild in the Society for Creative Anachronism in Texas and has jousted the quintain among learning many other medieval horsemanship skills. She learned to fence with foil, rapier and epee, and was also a combat archer in the S.C.A. If that wasn’t enough, she also holds a blue belt in tae kwon do. She is an artist in digital painting, and 3d modeling, along with painting gaming miniatures.