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Although Katherine was born and raised in Texas, her family migrated from the hills and hollows of Tennessee. Sadly, since work on this book began many years ago, Diana Bell has passed away. Katherine had not worked on the book for a few years having sent it to a small publishing house that was not interested, but technology has encouraged her to bring the book out through self-publication to honor the memory of her work with Diana.
A 1983 graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature, Katherine’s poetry, short fiction, and non-fiction articles have appeared in: Teen Power, Living With Teenagers, Cricket, Ranger Rick, Lubbock Parent Home and Family Magazine, Golden Gazette News, Texas Press Woman, Texas Coop Power, and Story Mates. Katherine has self-published two books for children, In Search of Adventure, in 2002, and Albert Bear and the Big Celebration, in 2005.
Katherine was a member of Press Women of Texas (an affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women) for 15 years, and is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, and Abilene Writer’s Guild. She also studied literature at Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas, and later attended Texas Tech University. Katherine worked for her local literacy coalition, and taught a creative writing class to seniors in a retirement village. She was honored by the City of Lubbock for her work in the literacy field. In January 2008, Katherine retired from Covenant Foundation, where she had served as editor of the Covenant Cornerstone magazine.