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Kathryn Lang-Slattery was born during World War II and raised in 1950s Southern California, Kathryn Slattery knew little of her father’s family story other than his childhood in Germany and sudden emigration to the U.S. in the mid-1930s. As a child she enjoyed reading, drawing, and spending long days at the beach. Then, at the age of seventeen, she went to Europe with her family. The trip ignited her love for travel and sparked her interest in World War II and the Holocaust.
She studied art and English at UCLA, followed by graduate work in art and education at the University of the Americas in Mexico City. The years afterward passed, filled with teaching art, English, and cooking, traveling around the world, raising a family, and volunteering for the Girl Scouts of the USA. In between, Kathryn read everything she could get her hands on about the Holocaust. Finally she returned to her early love of writing, concentrating first on creating stories and articles for young people. She has been published in several highly rated magazines for the youth market, including Ladybug, Spider, Jack and Jill, Boys' Life, and Faces. IMMIGRANT SOLDIER, based on her uncle’s World War II experiences, is her first novel.
Kathryn lives in Laguna Beach, California, only steps from her childhood home. Besides writing, her main interests are traveling, cooking, and painting.