Photos by Scott WalzKatherine was born the second of five children to a Presbyterian Pastor and a stay-at-home mom. She came of age in Louisville, Kentucky, during the tumultuous 1960s. Sit-in’s, bra burnings, the sexual revolution, pot, campus unrest, and the Vietnam War were brought vividly to life by Walter Cronkite on the CBS Evening News. While the rest of the world seemed to spin out of control, Katherine spun stories in her head.
College, marriage, and two daughters kept the muse simmering on the back burner. She worked as a real estate and tax paralegal in a law firm in central Kentucky, and was actively involved in the life of her community. She created and chaired the “Go For the Gold Celebration,” that spotlighted the achievements of high school seniors; developed afternoon programs to teach Spanish and dance to elementary students; co-founded the Midway Summer Dinner Theatre; and was Chair of the Woodford County Junior Miss Program. During the two years Katherine was chairperson, the program was the recipient of the coveted America’s Junior Miss Outstanding Local Program Award, and Katherine received the Outstanding Local Chairperson Award from Kentucky’s Junior Miss.
It wasn’t until the nest was empty that she sat down to write full-time. Life, as it often does, brought tragedy and a screeching halt to her writing. Her husband, best friend, and lover died unexpectedly. Healing was a slow process, but two weddings and five grandchildren have a way of putting life into perspective. Following the birth of her second grandchild, she found her writer’s voice again.
Katherine is a marathoner and lives in Lexington, Kentucky. She is blessed with a wonderful and supportive family and circle of friends who have encouraged her and celebrated each and every step of her journey.
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.”
—Henry David Thoreau