Kate Gray

Biography

Born and raised in New England, Kate Gray has a degree in Classical Archaeology from UNC Chapel Hill. Her love of history and sociology are the two biggest influences on her writing, followed shortly by a love of all things magical and fantastic.
In fact, it was being given the first few Harry Potter books (from children she was nannying at the time), that reawakened the desire to find the magic in our own world. It may not be as easy to see, or accomplish the same feats as that which comes from the wave of a wand - but it's out there.

Kate lives in New England with her Minnesotan husband, and their two wild boys.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first time was in high school. While having been a reader (avid, perhaps excessively so) through all the preceding years, writing was not on my radar before then. It might have been junior or senior year when two teachers began to encourage my writing, and I produced a "How To" story for an assignment. It took on a life of its own, really.
It was an alien learning about human first aid/triage methodologies, and in order to make this seem very foreign to the creature, I decided that it was an arachnid species. I can still remember creating the world around the alien, with all the webs, how spidery beings are so very different from us, and how it would influence the learning process.
I thought it was a lark, but my teacher was surprisingly bowled over by what I'd done. She pushed me to write more, and better, and I'm very grateful to her.
What is your writing process?
I have two boys who are now in school all day. Before, when there were half days of pre-k and kindergarten, I couldn't sit still long enough to string together any intelligent thoughts. Our routine is pretty set now, and once they're both on the bus, either it's a running morning (every other day), or I sit down with breakfast, and get my brain loose.
I'm very ADD with my focus, and so I have to write at least a vague outline to keep going in a good direction (that would be forward!). Another mental trick I have to play is to write for 55 minutes, and then get up and do something else for 5, whether it's pull-ups, squats, or run to the WC. Since I would get lost in research, too, unless it's a quick, "tell me the answer to this question" or a synonym lookup, footnoting research needs is key. Of course, I've also learned to be pretty explicit in footnoting, because I've gone back at times and had no idea what I was thinking about with a "check supernova types" basic note.
Once done with a first draft, I leave it for a day or so, start looking for cover imagery, then go back and start the hard proofing - close reading - and the last proof ends up being flow/mistakes, etc.
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Where to find Kate Gray online


Books

Fragment of the Universe
Series: The Sleep Trilogy, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 80,810. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Maeve is fighting for her very self, for control over her mind and body, while still reeling from a revelation that could tear the world she knows apart.
Augustus and the Late Unpleasantness, Episodes One Through Six, Complete
Series: Centennial Mysteries, 1-6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 85,110. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
This is the complete first volume of the Centennial Mysteries: Augustus and the Late Unpleasantness, Episodes One through Six
Augustus and the Late Unpleasantness, Episode Six
Series: Centennial Mysteries, Book 6. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,400. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Augustus finds a very present reminder of his youth, which leads him to some startling conclusions.
Augustus and the Late Unpleasantness, Episode Five
Series: Centennial Mysteries, Book 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,690. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Look for the conclusion of Augustus and the Late Unpleasantness on April 11, to be shortly followed by a compiled set of all the episodes for one low price!
Augustus and the Late Unpleasantness, Episode Four
Series: Centennial Mysteries, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,970. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
There are still more questions than answers in the tiny village of Dunverton, but in the case of the demise of Charlotte Whitegate, things are coming to a head. Look for the next episode on March 21, 2014
Augustus and the Late Unpleasantness, Episode Three
Series: Centennial Mysteries, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,500. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Augustus and his new confidante, Constable Wright are tracking a murderer in this third installment of Augustus and the Late Unpleasantness. The next installment will be available March 7, 2014!
Augustus and the Late Unpleasantness, Episode Two
Series: Centennial Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,250. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA
Augustus Purce knows that nothing is ever what it seems. He's a pretty fair of example of that old saw, but now he has to take the village constable into his confidence. They have a rather nasty crime to unravel, and though it means Augustus will be dodging in and out of character, he's happy for the mental stimulation. Meanwhile, the rest of the villagers have their own secrets to tend to.
A Divided Front: Chronicles of the RSI; Her Majesty's Own
Series: Chronicles of the Royal Society for Investigation of the Paranormal, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,840. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
While Macconnach races against dwindling hope to reach Isabel, Colonel Arpan and Sir Robert find themselves faced with an enemy they cannot hope to defeat back at the fort. Isabel is caught still in a demon’s web, and must find her way out, while Macconnach makes his way to her.
Augustus and the Late Unpleasantness, Episode One
Series: Centennial Mysteries, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 13,790. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA
There are the invisible members of society; they exist all around us. Most of the time, we walk by them, seeing but not seeing. Augustus Purce learned long ago that the best means of avoiding unwanted attention was to become one of the invisible.
Ages in Oblivion Thrown: Book One of the Sleep Trilogy
Series: The Sleep Trilogy, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 76,140. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Coming July 2014 - the sequel - stay tuned...! Once upon a time, there was a girl. She was clever and brave, unafraid of danger, but she broke. Not her body, but her mind. And she couldn’t be put back together again…not the same, anyway.
An Awareness of Dark Things: Book Two of the Chronicles of the Royal Society for Investigation of the Paranormal
Series: Chronicles of the Royal Society for Investigation of the Paranormal, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,140. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Paranormal
Major Macconnach has tried to leave the mistakes of his past behind, to make a new life. Greatest of all, he wishes to do no harm, to preserve life. Isabel Alderton only knows that he has withdrawn, and will not see her. Too late, Macconnach realizes that someone else has designs on her - will it be too late for them both?
Unseen: Chronicles of the Royal Society for Investigation of the Paranormal
Series: Chronicles of the Royal Society for Investigation of the Paranormal, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 53,320. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Major Gordon Macconnach comes to India at the behest of General Lord Hugh Abington, to be his second-in-command, as well as to put his peculiar talents at the general’s disposal. The major is from an old family in the Highlands, which has always had its ties with the Fair Folk. Every generation has borne several Macconnachs with unusual abilities.

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