Kathy’s unconventional path to publication can certainly be described as the “road less traveled.” A pioneer for women in law enforcement, she was one of the first female state troopers in Iowa, and she learned two valuable lessons that have served her well in her pursuit of a professional writing career: never give up and never stop laughing.

Kathy began writing when she was homebound with four children under the age of three, including a set of triplets. Kathy says, “Writing was my way of getting away from it all–without ever leaving the house!”

A former consumer fraud investigator, Kathy is the award-winning author of the Calamity Jayne Mystery series. She’s been a Romantic Times American Title finalist, a Golden Heart finalist, and a finalist in the prestigious Daphne Du Maurier Award of Excellence contest, among other writing accolades.

An avid horse lover, Kathy, ever the optimist, has kept her saddles and tack just in case she wins the lottery and can afford to have horses again. Until then, she’ll have to content herself with writing about horses and whodunits, cockeyed cowgirls (and the rangers who love them) and crimes.