Kathy writes novels that explore the relationships in our lives, romantic and otherwise. She likes digging into 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 and all the colours of the spectrum. Kathy writes as Kathy Kenzie.

Blog Posts

  • Writing Obituaries
    My 102-year-old cousin died last week. She was the sort of old person I aspire to be. At 97, she decided her walk-up apartment and cooking and cleaning for herself … Read more
  • New Digs
    Welcome to my website. I’ve left some of my very old blog posts here for continuity, but all the non-blog information on these pages is current and up-to-date. As I … Read more
  • Hello from Scotland
    By this time of night, my body still reminds me that it started the wake-up process at 4am thanks to minor lingering jet lag, so this will just be a … Read more
  • Scotland Research Trip
    This Friday, I depart for a research trip in Scotland. Much of it will be family-history related, but not all, and I’m excited about the other parts, too. Two years … Read more
  • On Writer’s Block
    I’ll let you in on a secret: I haven’t written a word in two months. This is a highly unusual state of affairs for me. Even when the words aren’t … Read more
  • Mastering Writing Craft?
    I was skimming through a bunch of blog posts recently, and came across one that said an unnamed “famous” writer had mastered his craft and no longer needed editorial help. … Read more
  • Three Things on a Friday Afternoon
    This topic came up in a random conversation the other day, and I thought it was a fun one to put on the blog, mostly because I’d really love to … Read more
  • Catching up on Links
    Today is one of those rare days when I’m taking an hour to catch up on reading all the cool links I’ve clicked through to and left sitting open on … Read more
  • Women's Fiction: Your Favourite Quiet Reads
    I write what are typically called “quiet books”, women’s fiction with character-driven stories about relationships and the choices we make and human emotions and all that good stuff. Not surprisingly, … Read more
  • Stopping to Listen
    I’m not writing today. I’m tempted. I have a story that’s been talking to me for a couple of weeks now, asserting itself with scene ideas when I’m trying to … Read more
  • Query Tips From My Inbox
    I don’t claim to be an expert on query letters, and I’m not a literary agent. But in my day job as a conference coordinator, I get a LOT of … Read more
  • Writing Inspiration
    Happy new year! I took a couple of weeks off over the holidays. I started out the month by accepting Nephele Tempest’s December writing challenge, in which you try to … Read more
  • The Weight of Disorganization
    Awhile back, I had great intentions of writing a blog post about the weight of disorganization. The irony of the fact that I still haven’t posted it hasn’t escaped me. … Read more
  • Perspective and Inspiration
    I’ve been sick this week, with the sort of chesty, sinus-y, feverish bug that knocks you flat and makes simply breathing enough of a challenge that working is out of … Read more
  • Letter Month Guest Post
    Have you signed up for the Month of Letters yet? The delightful Mary Robinette Kowal’s annual letter writing challenge kicks off tomorrow. Check it out here: http://lettermo.com/ Today, I have a … Read more
  • New Year, New Schedule
    Happy new year! It’s taken me this long to settle in to my regular routine again after the holidays, and I’m not sure I’m there even yet. But I’m working … Read more
  • A Few Feel-Good Things
    It’s nearly Christmas, and I’m feeling nostalgic for holidays past, and with that, am in the mood for touching stories. Thought I’d share a few things I’ve come across in … Read more
  • Reading What You Like
    The following rant won’t be groundbreaking. I share the opinion of most thinking people I know on this topic, and many of them are stirred up about this today. But … Read more
  • On Editing – Overused Words
    For the last couple of weeks, I have been working flat out on a fresh edit of my current MS, triggered by editorial notes from my agent. I had hoped … Read more
  • Fleeting Hours
    Does anyone else ever wish they could put the need for sleep and food aside sometimes and stretch one day out for as long as it took to finish a … Read more
  • The Games We Play
    A couple of years ago, I really wanted to finish the manuscript I was working on. I’d hit the part of the year when my day job threatens to take … Read more
  • Welcome to the new site!
    Hello, and welcome to my new digs. You’ll notice a few changes from my old site, most notably that I’m now blogging under my pen name, Kathy Kenzie. For those … Read more
  • What I've Been Reading
    For my birthday this year, I got this Moleskine book journal as a present. I’ve decided to use it to keep track of memorable reads, the ones that stay with … Read more
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