Kathi Nidd is the author of several short stories, novellas, and poems published in Canada and the United States. While born in Ottawa, Canada and still residing there, Kathi considers home to be anywhere she finds herself engaged in a good conversation and fine wine. Travels with her work as a healthcare consultant or during magnificent vacations with her husband have provided great inspiration for stories, settings and characters. A strong love of nature and animals and an interest in synchronicity provide common themes in most works.
A former member of The Ottawa Story Spinners, Kathi participated in five of their short story collections “The Black Lake Chronicles”. In 2013, the Fuzzball short story set was created on a whim but turned into a fundraiser for animal shelters across North America. More recently, Kathi was chosen as a poetry contributor to the Canadian Poetry Institute’s anthology “Island Magic”, selected as a contributor to a romance short story anthology “Romancing the Story”, and selected for a publication of flash fiction in Haunted Waters Press. In addition, she has contributed to short story publications in several on-line magazines.
Kathi’s plan is to grow her small business, “The Writing Spot”, and provide mentorship and support to writers in all stages of growth through in-person and online writing groups and workshops.
“When I am writing, and so lost in the story that I lose track of time and space, that is a true moment of joy and relaxation for me.”
When did you first start writing?
I can remember creating stories in my vivid imagination as a child. The first story I remember writing was in grade school. It followed the 'life of a dime' as it moved from one person to the next. Over the years I tried some courses and workshops but writing a novel always seemed like something I'd do when I finally found time. In 2009 after some life changing events, I decided that there isn't always time. If there's something in your heart that you want or need to do, you have to seize life and make it happen. So, since then, with the help of some great support, I started writing and haven't stopped - and don't intend to!
What's the story behind your latest book?
Snowdrifts is a mystery thriller with a twisted plot. It centers around Joe, who goes missing after his car drives over a guardrail in a snowstorm. My hope is to leave the reader wondering about Joe's motives and what caused the accident at the end of each chapter. The whole inspiration came one night during a snowstorm in my own city. I was home alone lying in bed listening to the wind and it just popped into my head. Someone waiting for someone to arrive home during bad weather is something everyone can relate to. Chapter two, where Andrea is waiting for his return, was actually the first chapter I wrote.
I also wanted the story to have some meaning and depth of character focusing on relationships and the trust connections between people. I tried to focus on that between Joe and his wife, Joe and Doug, Doug and Margot and even Joe and his father on some level.
Three weeks before his wedding, on the eve of the most important trial of his career, Joe Sinclair has vanished. As his fiancée anxiously awaits word on his whereabouts, Joe’s dearest friends question his recent unusual behavior.