Kate McLachlan is an award-winning author of lesbian fiction. Her debut novel, Rip Van Dyke, won two Goldie Awards in 2011. She has been a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award (2015 for "Christmas Crush"), for two Rainbow Awards (2014 for "Murder and the Hurdy Gurdy Girl" and for "Return of an Impetuous Pilot"), and for another Goldie (2013 for "Murder and the Hurdy Gurdy Girl.") Kate lives in the Pacific Northwest with her wife, Tonie Chacon, who is also a writer. They have dogs and cats, but no parrot (yet).