Allow me to introduce myself. I'm a novelist. Also an infrequent poet. Most days, I would rather write than eat.
Like the t-shirt says, I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as quickly as I could. Which wasn't very quick at all. As a matter of fact, not counting a brief visit back in 1969, it took me decades. Hundreds, make that thousands, of turtles got to the Lone Start State before I did.
Picture a small-town California girl chomping at the bit to break out of her hometown and see the world. That was me. About the time I graduated from high school, our friendly neighborhood United States Air Force recruiter offered me a ticket to ride. Sure enough, as soon as I signed on the dotted line, Uncle Sam whisked me off to exotic San Antonio for basic training; lovely Biloxi, MS, for more training (and hurricane Camille); then Washington, D.C. for the rest of my enlistment. So much for seeing the world.
Four years and one honorable discharge later, I found myself in Pennsylvania Dutch Country, using my GI Bill to earn a bachelor's degree in German from Millersville University and a master's in same from Villanova. While at Villanova, I collected ample evidence to suggest I would never grow up to be a college professor. Let's face it, very few universities consider the ability to lull 20 undergrads into catatonia in less than five minutes a hiring point. Ergo, I graduated with fluency but no marketable skills, although I did leave those hallowed halls with a fascination for language and a borderline obsession for grammar that have since proved useful.
I spent the next decade or so as a stay-at-home mom to two sons (Leo and Nick), combating academic/business-speak, grammatical errors, and pesky typos as a freelance editor/proofreader for everyone from college students to professors to Armstrong World Industries. (You haven't lived until you've proofread a flooring catalog.) Before I knew it, my sons were adults and insisted on being treated as such. Go figure.
Pennsylvania wasn't the laid-back West Coast I grew up on, but it was tolerable. Until the day the weather person cheerfully informed me the high would be six degrees with a wind chill of thirty below. At that point, I started to rethink the whole living-in-the-Northeast scenario. Nose and fingers dutifully protected against frostbite, I picked myself up off the icy sidewalk (again), wondering if this might not be the perfect time to head for warmer climes.
It was, and warmer climes turned out to be Texas.
One problem. My two incredibly talented and creative sons--musicians and artists, the both of them--flatly refuse to leave the frigid north for the sunny, drought-stricken, wide-open spaces. Adding insult to injury, my best friend recently moved up that way, too. In other words, I'll probably be emigrating back up yonder before too long.
Meanwhile, I write science fiction, work as a communications specialist, take brisk walks with Molly (my dog), read, and indulge in my latest hobby at the firing range.
I got my start penning romances for Bantam Loveswept back in 1997. I published two books with them, one of which, FOR LOVE OR MONEY, won a Romantic Times' Reviewer's Choice Award. Then life got complicated (for a very long time), and things changed, including my preferred genre. Now in what seems like the blink of an eye, it's fourteen years later, and I've published a near-future science fiction thriller, AMANDA'S EYES. (If you're curious about the plot, think murder and mayhem and a dash of "there are more things under heaven, Horatio.")
WHY LIVE? will make its debut in December 2012. (What could be better than clones for Christmas?) Once that book is out, it will be back to work on the sequel to AMANDA'S EYES, a tale of murder and mind control called MIND GAMES.
Thanks to my day job as a communications specialist with a major university, I've written more than one hundred features for print and the web.
I'm a member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, the Independent Author Network, the Independent Author Index, World Literary Cafe, and the International Association of Business Communicators.
Where to find Kathy DiSanto online
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