Kat is my first-reader. My editor. My proofreader. She was my co-author on NOT A LADY, back in 2013, writing fully half of that novel. And she will be co-authoring the remaining books of the REGENCY MATCHMAKER SERIES with me.
She also happens to be my daughter.
Kat is currently 22 and his been writing for 2 decades. No, really. She’s truly extraordinary with language, and she always has been. She said her ABC’s at 10 months. She taught herself to read at 2, and she wrote her first story just before she turned 3. She began college at 13 and won the Stephen Caldwell Wright Poetry Award, given by Seminole State College of Florida, when she was just 16, competing against adults. That year, she also won a 3rd place spot in the Flash Fiction category in SSC’s Veritas Awards. And, though I cannot divulge the name under which she publishes fan fiction, I can tell you that she is prolific and her stories there are legendary.
In short, she’s one hell of a good writer.
Kat is also a talented freelance illustrator, having completed several dozen commissions so far this year alone. She has well over 6000 followers on Tumblr, where she posts much of her art. I create all of my own book covers, and Kat is an invaluable critical voice in that process.
As it turns out, Kat and I write extremely well together. We’re very much alike, we use language very similarly, and our writing styles, though different, are compatible. As we do with everything else, we have a great time writing together, and the result is absolutely seamless. You absolutely cannot tell where my writing ends and hers begins. Even we forget, after awhile, who wrote what. Not that it matters, I suppose. What matters is the result, and readers love our combined voice. We’ll be re-issuing NOT A LADY later this year and writing a sequel to it, NOT A GENTLEMAN, which is shaping out to be a personal favorite of mine.
She’s an amazing and good person, and we’re the best of friends. Seriously. We have a great time together, and even if she weren’t my daughter, I would still want to be her friend. She’s funny and wise and socially conscious and honest and sweet. I’m proud of her and grateful to her. For so many things.
So, that’s who Kat is.