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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

Hometown:
Back of beyond, NC

GH Year(s)
2008,2009,2011

Completed Manuscript(s)
too numerous to count

Genre(s):
romantic historical mystery

Started Writing:
2000

Day Job:
retired, thank you, Lord

For Fun:
boating, swimming

Blog Posts from Kate

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 […]

Around the Block

True confession time. I’m old enough to be the mother of most of our Rubies. But with age comes wisdom, and the knowledge that crooked paths can lead to publication. I began with Romantic Suspense, switched to Historical Romance, and now write Romantic Historical Mysteries. My biggest revelation was I can’t write past chapter five […]

Building Paranormal People

I’ve recently become interested in writing about ghosts. I’ve been reading stories about all sorts of paranormal folk, and up to this time I’d been taking the “rules” by which these characters live in the book pretty much for granted. Now I had to create not only my characters, but also the rules by which […]

From a fan’s perspective

As counterpoint to last Friday’s blog on attending the RT convention from the point of view of an author, I’m writing today on attending the Malice Domestic convention from the point of view of a fan. Malice Domestic is a twenty five year old convention of authors and fans of cozy and traditional mysteries, although […]

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