Meet The Story Reading Ape’s latest guest Kathy Steinemann with an impressive range of non-fiction and fiction to her name.
Kathy started scribbling stories in elementary school.
At eleven years of age she received her first writing award for a weed-awareness contest. Part of the prize package was an expense-paid trip to an agricultural college. She can’t remember the words, but her story opened with a dispatch to the weed-control police: “Calling all cars, calling all cars.”
A so-called rule is to avoid opening with dialogue, but Kathy has always been a nonconformist. Her primary rule is to write what readers want, not what “experts” tout.
She won more awards in her pre-teen and teenage years, including public-speaking and art contests. The family moved often, sometimes several times annually. Her earliest doodles were lost in misdirected packing boxes.
Her career has been reinvented multiple times, including stints as editor of a small-town weekly, computer-network administrator, and webmaster. She also dabbled in commercial art and cartooning, with a couple of…
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