Kate Policani


Hello, My name is Kate Policani, and I’m a compulsive fiction writer. My first story was called “Super Cat”. It wasn’t good, it was horribly spelled, and the idea was mostly plagiarized. Every journal I own begins with a few days of my life and the rest is a hastily-scrawled record of whatever story came out. Ideas come from my dreams. I think about my stories in bed as I drift off to sleep. I often wake at three am with a writing revelation. I might be dreaming up romance stories in the line at the DMV or texting a poignant line for my main character to my email address from the bathroom at the mall. I live in Seattle, Washington with my wonderful husband and three energetic children. Most of my writing is done to the sound of my children’s voices, and is interrupted every few sentences. I wouldn’t have it any other way!

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Compulsively Writing More Fiction 2012
Price: Free! Words: 33,030. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing, Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing & books
Kate has compiled and reorganized useful blog posts she wrote in 2012. Kate writes her blog to promote her books and to journal her path through Self-publishing. Her experiences can help you to achieve your dream of publishing your book, whether you choose to self-publish, publish traditionally, or just write for your own enjoyment. Kate Policani is a homemaker and compulsive writer from Seattle.
Amputeddy Helps a Friend
Price: Free! Words: 720. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Special needs, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Special Needs
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Brandon Bear is worried. His dad was hurt serving in the millitary. At a playdate with Todd the Amputeddy, Brandon asks important questions about how his dad will be different. Todd helps Brandon see that everything will turn out all right. Amputeddy books voice the feelings of children with an amputation, or who know someone who does. Todd's experiences facilitate communication and understanding.
Amputeddy Meets Nubby Bear
Price: Free! Words: 690. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Special needs, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Special Needs
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Amputeddy meets a new friend who is missing an arm. They play and become friends, comparing experiences and trials as amputee kids. They're glad to meet another little bear who knows what it is like to be a little different. Amputeddy books voice the feelings of children who have an amputation, or know someone who does. Todd's experiences pave the way for communication and understanding.
The Silver Collar
Price: Free! Words: 12,030. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(4.67 from 6 reviews)
Bought as a child to slave at an inn, Lyneth suffers under a terrible curse. Her frightening transformations are stopped when a priest puts a silver collar around her neck. It stops the change, but makes her ill. Her dangers increase as she matures into a beautiful, desirable woman. Soon her life takes a drastic turn. Cover photo by Marek Bernat.
Amputeddy Goes Back to School
Price: Free! Words: 720. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Special needs
(5.00 from 1 review)
Amputeddy is a little bear who has just recovered from an accident in which he lost his leg. This is his first day back at school! Join him in his fears and triumphs as he learns that he can still be a regular bear, just like everyone else.
The Lustre
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 33,590. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Hidden within Human society is a race of beings who look just like us. They are the Akataromai. They live unending lives and feed upon negative Human emotions. Angelina Quorra is an Akataromai, but she is unique, absorbing pain and giving overwhelming pleasure. This is her story, told by the men who adore her. Her talent is called The Lustre, bringing her great fame and great trouble.
Compulsively Writing Fiction: My experiences in Self-publishing in 2011
Price: Free! Words: 7,820. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
This free ebook is a compilation and organization of my self-publishing journey in 2011 as taken from my blog. This book is crafted to help all of you new self-publishers to live your dream and publish your book!

Smashwords book reviews by Kate Policani

  • A Matter of Perception on Nov. 29, 2011

    This book is a collection of short stories with a variety of themes and settings. I'll give each one a little attention so none of them feel left out. If you want to know the author's intentions in writing (which I always do), be sure not to skip her thoughtful explanation of the themes at the end. The Drorgon Slayer's Choice The first story was a fantastic encounter between an unnamed photographer's assistant and The Gods. This fast-paced, thrilling glimpse into a bigger tale begins with a blow to the head, awakening new and fascinating senses and perceptions in the young woman, who then proceeds to get snarled up in a battle fought by James, a Drorgon Slayer and a god. An unexplainable attraction forms between the two and James seems determined to see where it will go. But can a regular girl and a god really find something that lasts? This incredible tale has a fascinating take on gods and human mythology that I'd like to read more about. I enjoyed how the main character's disability, epilepsy, became an advantage, allowing her to see what regular humans couldn't, which was intriguing. The myriad of questions left unanswered led me to believe this was very much a preview for another book, The Drorgon Slayer's Choice. This short story made me curious about hearing more in the following book, but unsure just how many of my questions would be answered. The Bone Yard This is a chilling tale of supernatural creatures helping a woman trapped in tragedy, with a cruel twist ending. I enjoyed the emotion and the wildly imaginative supernatural characters, but felt left out here and there by abrupt or absent explanations. Mistril's Mistake Wizards battle with the power of colored light. Mistril and her apprentice Ealanor must bring wayward Damien to account for his crimes. This story feels like a segments from the middle of a larger story and I was forced to read and reread certain passages to understand what was happening. I truly enjoy the style of bursting information onto a reader, not boring us with endless explanation, but clarity can be compromised with this technique. Tahlia succeeded overall in pulling it off. A Hole In The Pavement Norris follows his Goddess, Georgia, on their way to the bus and through an obstacle course of neuroses turned real. I loved Norris' fragile sincerity and both characters sweet overcoming of their hang-ups. This was my favorite of the tales. Not me, it can't be. This story was a surreal switch off between an ancient world and modern. Is the main character an unwilling sacrifice to foreign gods, or a modern woman battling deadly cancer? I liked the warmth and depth of this story, exploring the characters feelings facing death. Rose Coloured Glasses Sally is a chubby, frizzy-haired office girl, enjoys a new perspective on her coworkers with some fantastic glasses. Through them she sees new depth in others and possibly love. This story was full of rich description and challenged me to see beyond first impressions. Tahlia's writing is very loving. Tahlia's tales were vivid and rich. Her characters are deeply real, as if she is writing about people she knows, not making up individuals. They learn deep and vital lessons in each of the stories. The first three stories felt a lot like excerpts from larger stories while the final three were true short stories, encompassing the entire subject on their own. I thoroughly enjoyed all the stories, especially the daring honesty of her emotions. There were a few ungainly expressions and descriptions, with people and events thrust in with little explanation, which became confusing at times. On the other hand, it contributed to the thrill of her writing and the attraction of the story. Not once was I bored with too much explanation, which is a problem in a lot of writing I've read lately. Tahlia has a unique, charming style that is bold, honest, and thrilling. I feel like I know her after reading her work.
  • Inspiring Childhood, Inspiring Life on Jan. 06, 2012

    Heartfelt, Timeless, Loving Wisdom For The Children in Your Life! Inspiring Childhood, Inspiring Life  by Nadia Riell Inspiring Childhood, Inspiring life is a series of heartfelt messages written to a beloved child. Each is packed with affirmations, instruction, wisdom, and affection. Sometimes starkly honest, these messages are timeless truths that every child should hear from a parent or caring adult. This book is ideal as a reminder to parents about what our children need to hear. Reading them aloud to a child or just using it as a reference for important discussions would enhance any parent/child relationship. It is gentle but truthful about tough realities of life, but said in such a loving way that they become a great encouragement. These days we are losing the richness of the parent/child relationship in our busy, technology-centered world. Truths that our Grandparents knew have been diluted or lost with the abundance of information and barriers between generations. Inspiring Childhood, Inspiring Life is filled with all the keys to regaining those truths for those who were deprived of their benefit in their own childhoods or who fear that loss for their own children. Written in a short but wisdom-packed format, it is easy to peruse or read cover to cover. It's also a great daily reading for that personal time with the kids. Discussion and interaction naturally flow out of these ideas, making them an excellent discussion guide. The lessons can apply to any age and can be understood from young childhood to the teenage years, and even into adulthood. Nadia Riell doesn't just write this as theory; She lives it with her own children. These are her own wishes and hopes spoken to her little ones, and they are already benefiting from her lessons. She views her children as one of life's chief blessings and strives to care for them thoughtfully and purposefully. I highly recommend Inspiring Childhood, Inspiring Life for parents and caregivers as a perfect reminder and resource for loving and communicating with your children through life. This book is also available in print form on Amazon and Createspace!
  • Few Are Chosen, K'Barthan Series: Part 1 on April 03, 2013

    The Pan of Hamgee ekes out his existence in a world parallel to our own. Working as a third-tier criminal is the only ambition he can attain, because his continued existence is illegal. Capture by the despotic Grongolian rulers means execution for The Pan. Does the dictator, Lord Vernon, have it in for him personally? The dotty and fanatical Resistance is probably an equally bad (or maybe even worse) option for The Pan. When The Pan discovers a magic thimble, he hasn’t a clue that it will be the key to his world's liberation. He didn't want to be a hero, dangit! He was happy with his accidental promotion to getaway driver. It fit perfectly with his natural yellow streak and talent for saving his own skin. He didn't want to save the world. But to his chagrin he finds that somewhere in deep inside, he has a conscience, and the blasted thing won't let him ignore the cause of Underground or the mysterious girl he sees through the magic thimble. I found myself smiling like a goof through most of the book. MT's delightful humor and silly names were like a sprinkling of chocolate chips on top of a delicious cupcake. The book's ending had me laughing and annoying my husband by reading him snippets. MT weaves an endearing tale of cowardice paired with surprising bravery. The true growth and maturing of a dopey young man tugged my heartstrings and tickled my funny bone. Little about this story is typical. I loved the delightful dialects and fantastic, complex political and racial balance. The swearing in the book is priceless, not displaying a lack of imagination, but adding a creative exclamation fitting for the setting. Arnold's Y Fronts! I couldn't wait to read the next page of this book, and am delighted to recommend it for Awesome Indies! This book is a gem and an absolute must-read.