Kathryn Long is a native Ohioan, born and raised in Barberton, the "Magic City". She is the youngest of five children, although the closest sibling in age is a brother sixteen years her senior. Being raised like an only child, Kathryn found reading and writing as favorable forms of entertainment. In high school as a member of the Writers' Club, she continued to nurture her writing talent.
After high school Kathryn attended and graduated from the University of Akron with a BA degree in French. Before marriage and children the author managed a Waldenbooks store and continue writing short stories and song lyrics as a hobby. In 1987 she returned to school for a Bachelor's in Education. She has been an employee of the Green Local School system since 1990 and currently teaches SLD students at the high school.
Writing took a more serious turn a few years ago as Kathryn completed her first novel-length work and discovered that mystery was her nitch. Early on, determined to improve her craft, she developed a habit of spending most of her free time in the summer and on weekends during the school year, writing story after story. Mystery merged with the color of Native American culture to create Oklahoma's Gold and A Pleasant View. Venturing into cozy mysteries and romantic suspense writing, Kathryn has created three novels with the cozy, Whips, Cuffs, and Little Brown Boxes; a romantic suspense, A Deadly Deed Grows; and the recently completed, Dying to Dream, another romantic suspense.
Kathryn has also written short stories, two of which are published in The Piker Press: "A Good Man" and "Betrayal in a Letter". She also has ventured into the young adult genre, writing the modern-day fairytale, Cinderella Geek, under the pen name, K. Sean Jennkrist.
Keeping connected is an important element of writing. Staying in tune with what goes on in the writing world and being visible are reasons why Kathryn is a member of Sisters in Crime and maintains a blogsite - Writers & Teachers as well as a facebook page.
on Sep. 01, 2012 :
I like mystery short stories and I enjoyed this one. I like reading these short stories of new authors before I commit to a longer book. I liked the amateur sleuth and the writing backgrond. This book takes place in Atlanta during a book convention and managed to visit many of the landmarks. The mystery was quick and light. I look foreowrd to reading the other two books in this series. Enjoy
(review of free book)
on Sep. 22, 2011 :
This author writes in the Women Sleuths genre and does a very good job of it. It's a little too much fluff for me but the story is entertaining and the writing is good. Editing is good with only a few missing words. I would have liked to learn more about Kline the detective/boyfriend. The ending felt contrived when Kline left the group to call the police, the villain shoots someone while in a crowded setting with witnesses all around, and then the mother saves them. All in all a good light, short read with no profanity and minimal implied violence, but not a great read.
(review of free book)