Kathy's passions all stem from her love of stories and of helping people find their own voices to tell them.
She grew up surrounded by books, with a mum who encouraged her passion and always topped up her allowance if she didn't have enough to cover the book she wanted. Needless to say, she and her mum both have admirable TBR piles!
As a kid, she always loved sitting at the "grown-up" table to listen to their stories, fuelling her passion for genealogy. It's one of her biggest regrets that she never managed to talk her reticent great grandmother into telling hers before she died just a few days shy of 100.
Kathy lives in greater Vancouver, BC with her husband, her teenage daughter, and a dog who is too smart for her own good.
Three things (other than Twitter!) get Kathy to the computer every morning: writing, genealogy, and coordinating conferences.
Kathy writes novels that explore the relationships in our lives, romantic and otherwise. She likes writing about about the choices people make and how those choices take us down unexpected paths to places we might never consciously have decided to go. Never one to see things in straight lines or in black and white, almost all her stories have more than one timeline connected by a common thread woven through multiple shades of grey.
Kathy's passion for genealogy comes from the same place as her passion for writing: the joys of discovering people's stories and falling down research rabbit holes. She's lucky, because of the stellar records available, to have a lot of Scottish background, and has become something of an expert in the Scottish records, as well as, to a lesser degree, the English, Welsh, Canadian and some American ones. For her, it's great to find new dead relatives, whether hers or someone else's, but even more exciting to find out about them and the lives they led.
Since 2010, Kathy has been lucky enough to be the conference coordinator for one of the best writers' conferences in the world (not a biased opinion at all!), the Surrey International Writers' Conference, siwc.ca, held every October just outside Vancouver. Because of her role there, she's had the opportunity to also help coordinate conferences at sea on cruise ships (WXR with Mary Robinette Kowal et al in particular) and is currently expanding to take on other conference organizing jobs.