About

I’m most passionate about writing books and articles for children, but I also do freelance writing and editing. In my spare time I enjoy quilting, cooking, tutoring ESL students through Project Second Chance, and fostering puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

My Background

I grew up in a family of seven in a small house. In elementary school I preferred playing with friends, going on the swings, riding my bicycle, and getting dirty.Very dirty. I was a tomboy! There was never a tree I didn’t want to climb. As I got older I enjoyed school much more, loved reading adventure stories, and relished learning new subjects.

I worked hard earning money in high school and put myself through Montclair State College. I always wanted to be a teacher but got sidetracked when I was offered an internship at Forecast Magazine. I couldn’t possibly turn down the opportunity to write for a prominent home economics journal in New York City! It was a great experience.

After working at Forecast Magazine I went to Purdue University and graduated with a Master of Science in Consumer Sciences and Retailing. I held a variety of sales positions before pursuing a career with IBM as a systems engineer and then as a marketing programs specialist.

Meeting my husband at graduate school and dreaming of new adventures took our family to the Philippines. Our oldest daughter was two years old when we moved overseas, and her sister was born in the Philippines. Our family fell in love with the country and the wonderful Filipino people. It was an unforgettable experience.

Jack London Service Award

I’ve been a member of the California Writers Club (CWC) for many years, and in 2009 the club celebrated its Centennial. At the annual meeting I was honored to receive the prestigious Jack London Award for exemplary service to CWC and the Tri-Valley Branch. My colleagues shared their thoughts on why they nominated me.

Kathy has been a pillar of the California Writers Club Tri-Valley Branch since its beginning in 2005. She was the first newsletter editor, second president, and the branch’s only representative to the Central Board. After the untimely death of founding President Sue Tasker, Kathy was the prime mover in establishing the Sue Tasker Memorial Serice Award to recognize a member for significant service to the Tri-Valley Branch.

Kathy has also been instrumental in bringing structure as well as unity to the club. She developed a survey that Tri-Valley uses each year to get feedback from branch members. Kathy is currently co-chair of the committee working to publish a club anthology. She coordinated the redesign of the branch website and provided the content for the web pages. In 2008, she became the treasurer for the statewide CWC organization and chair of the finance committee.

Volunteer of the Year Award

In 2017, the San Francisco North and East Bay region of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) presented me with the outstanding volunteer award. As the manuscript coordinator for their Oktoberfest Conference, my job has more than doubled in size from 60 manuscript submissions to over 120. Because of this exponential growth, I streamlined the process of working with editors and agents to complete the critiques, and I’ve moved the process from paper to online.

In 2018, I volunteered as website co-coordinator. My SCBWI region has grown considerably and now has over 40 annual events. My new position entails posting these events and keeping the website up to date.

Top Ten Favorite Things

  1. Spending time with my family
  2. Celebrating birthdays and special occasions with loved ones
  3. Writing
  4. Reading a good book
  5. Having a romantic dinner with my husband
  6. Tutoring ESL students
  7. Baking outrageously delicious cookies and cakes
  8. Raising puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind and providing foster care
  9. Quilting and crafting
  10. Walking my fur babies