All About Kate

Kate has found historical romance fits her to a tee, since she discovered romance in an era most consider historical these days. A lifelong reader, she began writing when her three children were grown and no longer dragging her away from the typewriter every thirty seconds. Now she writes on a computer, which is faster, except when her very own historical hero calls.

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Kate's Fun Facts

Back of beyond, NC

GH Year(s)

Completed Manuscript(s)
too numerous to count

romantic historical mystery

Started Writing:

Day Job:
retired, thank you, Lord

For Fun:
boating, swimming

Blog Posts from Kate

Antiques and Battleships

With the 4th of July holiday celebrating our independence just past, now might be a good time to look at what led up to the indelible image of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and the attack on the Pacific fleet. A large part of the fleet was in harbor on that day, with the […]

Thank a Librarian

This week is National Library Week, and in its honor, I think every reader everywhere should thank a librarian. Where did so many readers get their start? In a library. Where did so many of our favorite writers get their start? As a reader in a library. I grew up in Arlington, Virginia, then a […]

Title Help

Does anyone besides me need help coming up with a reallllly good title? My Ruby sisters are whizzes at this. Look at the titles they gave their 2009 Golden Heart finaling manuscripts. The Great Bedroom War – Laurie Kellogg Death, Taxes, and a French Manicure – Diane Kelly Butterfly Swords – Jeannie Lin First Grave […]

Winter Mashups

Anybody besides me get bored when the weather outside is frightful and Christmas is long past? I thought today I’d try to exercise our minds with Winter Mash-ups. This is different than Winter Pile-ups. No one gets hurt and no cars need to be taken in to be repaired. For Winter Mashups, take two or […]

The Gift of Surprise

The end of the year caused me to reflect on the deaths in 2013 of two of my favorite writers, Robert Barnard and Margaret Frazer. One wrote contemporary mysteries set in the west (Australia, Norway, and England) that skewered our life and times with a rapier as sharp as Jane Austen aimed at her era. […]

Ruby Release: The Vanishing Thief by Kate Parker

Amanda here. Today is release day for Kate Parker’s debut novel, THE VANISHING THIEF! Whoo-hoo! When Kate was looking for a hostess I greedily jumped at the chance. Kate isn’t just my Ruby Sister, but we were Golden Heart finalists together for the first time in 2008, the Pixie Chicks. And she was also a […]

The Last Thing I Learned

‘The Last Thing I Learned before I published’ was the topic of a panel discussion at a RWA chapter meeting I attended several years ago. They all mentioned different craft issues. At the time, I was far from being published although my ego would not have believed it. The speakers all had one or two […]

Why didn’t Agatha Christie

Why didn’t Agatha Christie¬†write romances? Trick question. She did, six of them under the name Mary Westmacott. But there is more to this question than meets the eye. I’ve been reading Bluestockings, The Remarkable Story of the First Women to Fight for an Education, by Jane Robinson. By her reckoning, Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, Ngaio […]

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