Kathryn Lynn Davis was born with what the ancient Celts called "the fatal gift of the imagination: a crown of stars and a stinging sword." She had no choice but to become a writer. Since Scotland is the home of her heart, and she loves history (having a Masters in the subject), it was inevitable that she should write historical novels, most of which are set in Scotland. An award-winning, New York Times best-seller, she has published 9 historical novels and two historical novellas.
Kathryn has a BA in English and history from the University of California, Riverside, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa. She also received her MA in history there.
Twice she received the University of California Riverside's Creative Writing Alumni Award for Fiction, and in 1994, as part of the University's 40th Anniversary, she was chosen as one of “40 Alumni Who Make A Difference” out of 37,000 graduates. She received the Romantic Times award for best Scottish historical: CHILD OF AWE; the RT Career Achievement Award for the TOO DEEP FOR TEARS trilogy; and the RT award for Best Historical: SOMEWHERE LIES THE MOON.
Her career has not been without drama. Her first published novel, The Dakotas: At the Wind's Edge (Pinnacle, 1983), received nationwide attention when it was banned in Medora, North Dakota, the town where it is set. Her 5th novel and first hardcover, Too Deep For Tears (Pocket, 1990), rose to Number 5 in its seven weeks on the New York Times list, as well as appearing on many other national bestseller lists. Her short story, "Clouds Across the Moon," appeared in Mother (Pocket, 1996), ed. Claudia O'Keefe: an anthology of short stories and poems by authors including Maya Angelou, Amy Tan, Joyce Carole Oates, Barbara Kingsolver, et al.
Kathryn often speaks and teaches creativity workshops in public schools in an effort to encourage students to read, write and dream. When SOMEWHERE LIES THE MOON was published, Kathryn went on tour with singer/songwriter Heather Sullivan, who wrote the song, "Somewhere There Lies the Moon" which inspired the title of the book. The two appeared, among other venues, in Toronto, Canada, and at the Barnes & Noble in Rockefeller Center. Kathryn was later invited to read at the James Joyce Cultural Centre in Dublin as their guest (James Joyce's grandson was in attendance, as well as the mayor of Dublin, ambassadors from six countries and many other Dublin luminaries). Afterward, Kathryn spoke to the high school level students at Sullivan Upper School in Belfast for their Bicentenary celebration, while Heather performed for the music students. Kathryn spent a memorable time in Dublin and Belfast and touring Ireland afterward with her husband. It was one of the highlights of her career.
Toward the end of the 20th century, she gave up writing out of frustration. Only when she discovered Indie publishing did she return to her love of writing with great enthusiasm. She has re-published part of her backlist as e-books: CHILD OF AWE, and the Too Deep For Tears Trilogy: TOO DEEP FOR TEARS, ALL WE HOLD DEAR, and SOMEWHERE LIES THE MOON. In November 2014, she had the honor of being included in the very successful collection of new historical novellas set in Scotland--HIGHLAND WINDS: THE SCROLLS OF CRIDHE, along with Ceci Giltenan, Tarah Scott, Lily Baldwin, Suzan Tisdale, Sue-Ellen Welfonder, and Kate Robbins. Her novella is titled A Tear for Memory, and it is a prequel to her Too Deep Trilogy. Her second novella, HIGHLAND AWAKENING (also a prequel to the Too Deep Trilogy) appeared in HIGHLAND FLAMES IN 2015, with above authors, including Victoria Zak
CHILD OF AWE was part of a collection of paranormal historicals, HIGHLAND CHARM: full-length novels written by Kathryn Lynn Davis, April Holthaus, Victoria Zak, and Dawn Marie Hamilton. It did very well on four different bestseller lists at Amazon, Hitting #1, as well as sitting atop the Scottish Historical Romance Kindle Hot New Releases for weeks. She has been part of two more collections--Highland Heartthrobs (an Amazon #1 bestseller) and Snowswept Moors, along with Ceci Giltenan, Lily Baldwin, Emma Prince and Parris Afton Bonds. She reworked and republished the book she calls "her soul on paper" SING TO ME OF DREAMS: it was published by Duncurra, LLC in December 2016. And after 27 years, she finally finished the long-awaited sequel to Sing, WEAVE FOR ME A DREAM. Duncurra published it for the first time in Amazon Unlimited in July 2017.
She is currently working on a secret project that will lead to a new series, a collaborative project within Duncurra, a possible adult romance, a mystery and several other ideas. Not to mention a third book in the Dream Suite series.
She's very excited by this creativity, activity, and all the new friends--both authors and readers--that she's made on Facebook.
If you have any questions or comments for her, please feel free to ask.