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Kate’s love for the written word goes back to when she was seven and her mother read her The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams. That book taught her stories can mean something significant, and that in their characters people can see themselves. The words of the Skin Horse have stayed with her, as has the Rabbit’s desire to become Real.
Kate has collected many hats in the world of books, and she loves them all. She’s an associate editor with Month9Books and a part-time high school English teacher. She has interned with Entangled Publishing and the Carol Mann Agency, and is a novelist, a blogger, and, of course, a reader.
However, since jobs and hobbies don’t make up an entire person, here’s a bit more about her: she’s a diehard Harry Potter fan, but she’s never seen Die Hard. She’s an introvert, but she loves people- how they think, how they feel, who they are. Social justice issues, especially poverty, tend to make her jump up on her soapbox, but she’d love to listen to you and your soapbox topics too. Character-driven, high-stakes stories are her passion, regardless of genre. She’s an optimist, a fangirl, and an eternal enthusiast.
She loves hobbies, and has raised purebred Siberian Huskies, Samoyeds, and German Shepherds, made three-tier cakes, scrapbooked her childhood, assisted her husband on videography shoots, dabbled in candle carving, and has utterly failed at learning to swim. She loves to travel, though, and has been to Canada, the Dominican Republic, Italy, and Spain, and is very excited to visit Costa Rica in December 2013. Kate rarely stops listening to music, and her husband calls her a musical omnivore. One of these days, she will learn to play guitar.
She believes wine is best rich and red, chocolate is best smooth and dark, and books are best bittersweet.
Kate always enjoys hearing from her readers. Communications can be sent to:
You can also find her on Twitter at: @KateBrauning