Tagged with Kate Stephenson

Kate’s Book Club: Q&A with genre-bending author Kate Racculia

Kate Racculia, This Must Be the PlaceBy Kate E. Stephenson

In this first week of March 2014, I hereby call to order the 32 meeting of Kate’s Book Club. Every meeting, we shall be reading a tome either (a) penned by an author named Kate or (b) that includes a character named Kate. If you missed our last meeting, feel free to get caught up.

Club members, this week meet Kate Racculia.

Kate Racculia grew up in Syracuse, New York, and attended college at the University of Buffalo, where she studied illustration, design, Jane Austen, and Canada. She has her MFA from Emerson College and now calls Boston home.  She teaches workshops in novel and genre writing at GrubStreet, Boston’s non-profit creative writing center, and has been a bassoonist, a planetarium operator, a coffee jerk, a designer, a children’s bookseller, a proposal writer, a prospect researcher, and a karaoke god.

She posts many pictures of her cat on the Internet and is a total sucker for a saxophone solo.

Her first novel, This Must Be the Place, was published by Henry Holt & Company in 2010. Her second, Bellweather Rhapsody, is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in spring 2014.

Find more Kate on her website, Amazon, Goodreads, Twitter and Facebook!

Without further ado, Kate answers all your questions: Continue reading

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Kate’s Book Club: Q&A with Butterfly Clues author Kate Ellison

Kate Ellison, The Butterfly CluesBy Kate E. Stephenson

In this fourth week of January 2014, I hereby call to order the 29th meeting of Kate’s Book Club. Every meeting, we shall be reading a tome either (a) penned by an author named Kate or (b) that includes a character named Kate. If you missed our last meeting, feel free to get caught up.

Club members, this week meet Kate Ellison.

Kate Ellison grew up in Baltimore, MD, the progeny of a visual artist and a local karaoke star. She has a BFA in acting from The Theatre School at DePaul, and is also a poet, visual artist, performer, and educator. She loves words more than sugar, and would make baked goods out of them if only she could figure out how. Some authors, poets, playwrights and writers who make her weak in the knees include Philip Pullman, Mary Karr, Yannick Murphy, David Foster Wallace, Donald Barthleme, Natalie Angier, Lorrie Moore, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Naomi Wallace, Caryl Churchill, and Eduardo C. Corral.

Show Kate some love on Facebook. Then check out her illustrations, poems and other writing experiments, and website.

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Kate’s Book Club: Q&A with historicals addict Kate Furnivall

Kate Furnival, Shadows on the NileBy Kate E. Stephenson

In this fourth week of January 2014, I hereby call to order the 29th meeting of Kate’s Book Club. Every meeting, we shall be reading a tome either (a) penned by an author named Kate or (b) that includes a character named Kate. If you missed our last meeting, feel free to get caught up.

Club members, this week meet Kate Furnivall.

Kate says “I never had any ambitions to become a writer. It sort of crept up on me and now I’m hooked. Born in Wales, I studied English at London Uni and worked in advertising. Married, and reared two sons and numerous cats. A normal busy life. Then the bombshell hit. I discovered that my grandmother had been a White Russian in St Petersburg who escaped from the Bolsheviks and fled to China. What??? I had to rethink myself. I plunged into all things Russian, and out of my notes grew my first book—The Russian Concubine. Now I have written six books and live by the sea in a crazy world peopled by wonderful fictional characters. I LOVE it.”

Find Kate on Facebook and Twitter. She’ll you there!

Drum roll please…….. the answers! Continue reading

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Kate’s Book Club: Q&A with criminally good novelist Kate Ellis

Kate Ellis, The Shadow CollectorBy Kate E. Stephenson

Happy New Year!

In this second week of January 2014, I hereby call to order the 28th meeting of Kate’s Book Club. Every meeting, we shall be reading a tome either (a) penned by an author named Kate or (b) that includes a character named Kate. If you missed our last meeting, feel free to get caught up.

Club members, this week meet Kate Ellis.

Kate Ellis was born and brought up in Liverpool and studied drama in Manchester.  She is now married with two grown up sons and lives in North Cheshire.  She worked in teaching, marketing and accountancy, none of which she particularly enjoyed, before discovering that writing crime fiction was what she’d wanted to do all along!

Before ‘turning to crime’ she first enjoyed literary success as winner of the North West Playwrights Competition in 1990.  Her keen interest in history and archaeology features strongly in her books.  Described by The Times as ‘a beguiling author who interweaves past and present’ she has written seventeen novels featuring black archaeology graduate, DI Wesley Peterson and his Liverpool-born boss DCI Gerry Heffernan and four crime novels with a supernatural twist featuring DI Joe Plantagenet (as well as a standalone historical mystery, The Devil’s Priest, set in Tudor Liverpool which is now available on Kindle).  She also writes short stories and has been shortlisted twice for the CWA Short Story Dagger and also for a Barry Award in the USA.

Her latest Wesley Peterson novel is The Shadow Collector.

Find all of her books on Amazon. Then reach out and contact her; email or tweet Kate.

Now onto the answers: Continue reading

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Kate’s Book Club: Q&A with Ellie MacIntosh creator Kate Watterson

Kate Watterson, BuriedBy Kate E. Stephenson

On this Christmas Day, do I have a gift for you! In this fourth week of December 2013, I hereby call to order the 27th meeting of Kate’s Book Club. Every meeting, we shall be reading a tome either (a) penned by an author named Kate or (b) that includes a character named Kate. If you missed our last meeting, feel free to get caught up.

Club members, this week meet Kate Watterson.

Kate Watterson is the author of the suspense series featuring homicide detective Ellie MacIntosh published by Tor/Forge. She is also national bestselling author Emma Wildes when she wakes up and decides to don her other (historical) hat. Kate lives in the Midwest with her husband Chris and her handsome feline companion, Mr. Poot.

Kate’s June release Charred was reviewed here on Kate-Book.com, and her current release Bleed is available now. Buried will be released this New Year’s Eve.

Want a chance to win a signed copy of Kate Watterson’s new novel Buried?

Leave a comment here. Tell Kate’s Book Club what you love about Kate Watterson and her cunning character Ellie MacIntosh. The winner will be chosen at random on January 22, 2014; so don’t delay!

Chat with Kate through Twitter and email, and find her books on Amazon.

Without further delay, Kate answers all our questions: Continue reading

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Kate’s Book Club: A Q&A with Bad Girl author Katie Alender

Katie Alender, Marie Antoinette, Serial KillerBy Kate E. Stephenson

In this second week of December 2013, I hereby call to order the 26th meeting of Kate’s Book Club. Every meeting, we shall be reading a tome either (a) penned by an author named Kate or (b) that includes a character named Kate. If you missed our last meeting, feel free to get caught up.

Book Clubbers meet Katie Alender.

Katie Alender is the author of the Bad Girls Don’t Die series from Hyperion and the upcoming Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer from Scholastic. She is a graduate of the Florida State University Film School and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, daughter, and the world’s politest small brown dog, Scooter. When she’s not writing novels, she can usually be found in her sewing room, reading, eating delicious high-calorie foods, and hanging out with her friends (very occasionally she manages to do all of those things at once). Follow Katie on Twitter and find links to her books on her website.

Without further ado,  Kate answers all our questions: Continue reading

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Kate’s Book Club: Q&A with phenom nonfiction author Kate Buford

Kate Buford, Native American SonBy Kate E. Stephenson

Welcome back, Bookclubbers! Kate’s Book Club took a little hiatus, but I have returned with a full line up of awesome Kate authors. If you have suggestions for Kate authors we have to feature, feel free to contact me. Help us keep the Kate community growing.

In this fourth week of November 2013, I hereby call to order the 25th meeting of Kate’s Book Club. Every meeting, we shall be reading a tome either (a) penned by an author named Kate or (b) that includes a character named Kate. If you missed our last meeting, feel free to get caught up.

Club members, this week meet Kate Buford.

Kate Buford’s Native American Son: The Life and Sporting Legend of Jim Thorpe (Knopf 2010) was an Editors’ Choice of The New York Times and won awards from the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) and the Professional Football Research Association (PFRA).  The paperback was published in 2012 by the University of Nebraska Press. Burt Lancaster: An American Life, her biography of Burt Lancaster (Knopf/Da Capo/UK hardcover and paperback: Aurum) was named one of the best books of 2000 by The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and others.

She has written for The New York Times, The Daily Beast, History Now, and Film Comment, among other publications, and has been a commentator on NPR’s Morning Edition, APM’s Marketplace, and on Virginia’s NPR affiliate, WMRA. A member of PEN, the NYU Biographers Seminar, and Biographers International Organization (BIO), she lives in Lexington, Virginia.

Knopf recently released an ebook edition of the Burt Lancaster biography this fall in honor of the 100th anniversary of his birth in November 2, 1913 (and maybe as a birthday present for Kate [November 3]—let’s wish Kate a Happy Belated Birthday!).

Check out these books then contact Kate by email and twitter.

And now for some answers… Continue reading

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Trivia: Meet Kate Somerville, Revolutionary Skin Care System

Kate Somerville, Skin HealthBy Kate E. Stephenson

Ok, so if you are like me, you are wondering wasn’t acne supposed to go away after my teens?For about five years between 20 and 25 I had amazing skin and then it was like I had reentered puberty. My chin, cheeks and forehead all started to break out again. I have subsequently tried just about everything I could get my hands on. I have found most products simply too harsh for my skin. But today I have hope again that a Kate will bring my skin back to its glowing healthfulness… Meet Kate Somerville!

Kate Somerville is an esthetician who began her career working with doctors and plastic surgeons to improve the appearance and feel of patient skin. Her line has slowly taken off and is now available through QVC and Sephora. Her line seems so comprehensive that there must be a solution for all skin types (fingers crossed). Not that I purchase based on endorsements, but you have to admit that when celebrities who appear to have gorgeous skin say I use this, it is mighty tempting. And really, just take a look at Kate Somerville herself.

Kate SomervilleHer skin is ridiculously flawless. Check out the video:

http://www.youtube.com/embed/ux9fIx73CMs

So I say to you, I just might give this a try. The summer kit is just in time to combat the scorching summer sun. If you try it, let me know how it works for you.

Trivia runs on Kate-book.com every Monday at 10:30am. It is written by the insanely knowledgable Kate E. Stephenson. Read much more about Kate here, and click here to follow her on Twitter. While this column is a repeat of a 2012 favorite, stay tuned for brand new pieces in 2013.

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Trivia: Kate Shelley, Railroad Heroine

Kate Shelley, book

By Kate E. Stephenson

Kate trivia is quickly becoming my favorite kind. You simply never know what kind of fantastic Kate-fact you will find next. And this week, we meet another Kate who saves the day (this is definitely becoming a recurring theme).

Meet Kate Shelley. Kate Shelley

Catherine “Kate” Shelley was born in Loughaun, Moneygall, County Offaly, Ireland. Transcriptions of Irish records show her parents, Michael Shelley and Margaret Dwan, married on February 24, 1863 and Kate’s tombstone indicates she was born on September 25, 1865 and died January 21, 1912. She immigrated to the US with her parents as a baby, and her parents became farmers. Ok, you might be asking yourself so what? right about now. I know, I know. So here’s the story:

On the afternoon of July 6, 1881, heavy thunderstorms caused a flash flood of Honey Creek, washing out timbers that supported the railroad trestle. A pusher locomotive sent from Moingona to check track conditions crossed the Des Moines River bridge, but plunged into Honey Creek at about 11 p.m., with a crew of four: Ed Wood, George Olmstead, Adam Agar and Patrick Donahue. Continue reading

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Kate’s Book Club: a Q&A with Agatha-award winning author Kate Emerson (Kathy Lynn Emerson)

Kate Emerson, Royal Inheritance

By Kate E. Stephenson

In this third week of July 2013, I hereby call to order the 24th meeting of Kate’s Book Club. Every week, we shall be reading a tome either (a) penned by an author named Kate or (b) that includes a character named Kate. If you missed our last meeting, feel free to get caught up.

Club members, this week meet Kate Emerson.

Kate Emerson is a pseudonym for Kathy Lynn Emerson, author of the Agatha-award-winning How to Write Killer Historical Mysteries and of two historical mystery series, one set in Elizabethan England and the other in 1888 in the U.S. As Kate Emerson she has written six stand-alone historical novels set at the court of Henry VIII, including The King’s Damsel and Royal Inheritance (September 2013). As Kaitlyn Dunnett, she writes the Liss MacCrimmon Scottish-American Heritage Mysteries set in the fictional village of Moosetookalook, Maine. The seventh entry in the series, Vampires, Bones and Treacle Scones is in bookstores July 30th. Kate/Kathy/Kaitlyn lives on a Christmas tree farm with her husband and assorted catsShe blogs semi-regularly at Maine Crime Writers and maintains “A Who’s Who of Tudor Women” at her Kate Emerson Historicals website.

Without further ado,  Kate answers all our questions:

Who named you Kate and why?

It was my agent’s idea, thinking that Kate sounded more like an author of historical novels than Kathy Lynn, my real first and middle names. I also wanted to distinguish between the historical novels I was about to write and the genre fiction I’d previously written as Kathy Lynn Emerson.

How did you become an author?

I never wanted to do anything other than write. Continue reading

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Trivia: Kate the Great, Comic Strip

Kate the Great, comic strip introduction

By Kate E. Stephenson

This lovely Monday, I have something to tickle your fancy. Meet Kate the Great Comic Strip by Wayne Bartholomew and Jaime Garcia. From the archives it appears this is a new comic started on May 17, 2013. Published every Monday and Friday the escapades of Kate and her oddball cadre of friends will start and end your work week off with a smile.

Here’s today’s installment:

Kate the Great, comic strip

Comics Sherpa gives us insight into Kate the Great and her creators: Continue reading

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Trivia: Revolutionary War heroine, Mammy Kate

Mammy Kate

By Kate E. Stephenson

On this Monday after the Fourth of July Holiday, I wanted to remember a Revolutionary War heroine. For those who have been reading this column for a while, it may be a repeat—but somethings are worth repeating. The idea of Mammy Kate sticks with me, and makes me remember that courage happens every day all around us. It’s sometimes the small things that make the big difference. And never underestimate a Kate!

The year was 1779 when a woman affectionately called Mammy Kate rescued Stephen Heard, the governor of colonial Georgia, from a headless future. On February 14th, Gov. Heard—along with 22 other patriots—were captured by the Loyalist Tories during the Battle of Kettle Creek. Transferred to Fort Cornwallis in Augusta, Georgia (some 50 miles away) he was imprisoned, pending public hanging for his treason against the British Crown.

Enter Mammy Kate, an unlikely heroine in this crusade.

Towering over 6 feet tall and reported to be as strong as she was fearless, Mammy Kate was legally considered Heard’s property, Mammy Kate was an enslaved servant in his household. We know little of her background; the records seem to indicate that she was of pure African blood and by her own testimony the daughter of a king. Her actions during the aftermath of the Battle of Kettle Creek show her to have been a shrewd and valiant warrior worthy of such noble status. Continue reading

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