Kathleen J Kidder, is the author of six hand bound children's books. Her love for writing began as a child when she wrote her first short story for a third grade assignment. Kathleen was an avid reader and credits her beloved grandmother, Sarah Landis, with sparking her curiosity about what lies between the pages of a book.
Inspired by authors like Gertrude Chandler Warner (Box Car Children) and Carolyn Keene (Nancy Drew Mysteries), Kathleen developed an imagination that would lead to the creativity she displayed throughout her lifetime. Her talent is shared with us today in her writing, crafting and graphic design. Kathleen's early writing can be found on her blog entitled "Living on the Potter's Wheel - Brokenness to Breakthrough ". In 1995 "It Always Ends the Same" written under the pen name Kat Ryan, received and Editor's Choice Award from the National Library of Poetry and was published in "Seasons to Come".
Kathleen, born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and the oldest of six children, now lives with her husband in the Nashville, Tennessee area near five of their nine grandchildren. Her greatest desire is to inspire families to love one another to love God, and believe that He sent his Son pay the debt we can never pay.
When did you first start writing?
My earliest remembrance is a short story I wrote in third grade about a little girl and her best friend "Sally". The storyteller (I wrote in first person) shares with us her love for Sally and their favorite things to do together; a surprise ending reveals Sally is her dog. My grandmother, in true grandmother fashion, treasured this story and she kept a the original copy her entire life. I'm not sure who has that copy now.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Major motivators were a dream that wouldn't die, a family who urged me to write and "do something" with my work, and the discovery of a platform that allowed me to make that happen without a budget and with dedicated, careful work. God opened doors I had not seen before and kept bringing to mind two verses over and over again. Jeremiah 29:11 and Matthew 6:33.
Excitement turns to worry when a dad pranks a young girl's momma. The phrase "getting momma's goat" isn't so funny to Greta, especially when grandpa can't wait to get granny's goat! Somehow she has to make sure grandpa doesn't succeed and her dream of spending the summer with them doesn't become a nightmare . . . will she succeed?