Kate Rauner


I am a retired Cold War Warrior. I worked for over twenty years at the Rocky Flats Plant outside Denver, Colorado, which was part of the nation's nuclear weapons complex. During the Cold War, I was a Chemical Engineer in the plutonium recycling and purification facility. I've held plutonium in my hands; not many people can say that.

After the Cold War fizzled out, I switched to environmental engineering and project planning during the lengthy clean up of the plant. Today that plant is a wildlife refuge.

Next I moved to southwest New Mexico and worked at the copper mines around Silver City, including the Santa Rita mine. Santa Rita has been a copper source since before Europeans entered the New World.

Today I live in southwest New Mexico, at the edge of the Gila National Forest, with my husband, dog, three cats, and four llamas. I am a volunteer firefighter and have fought wildland and home fires. I've loved science all my life and plan to keep learning. Writing this book gave me a chance to weave many of the trends and technologies I read about into a story of discovery and the unexpected.

Smashwords Interview

What can you tell us about yourself?
I grew up, went to school, and met my husband in upstate New York. Shortly after graduating from college, we vacationed in Colorado. The mountain west immediately felt like home and we promptly moved to the north side of Denver. There we both pursued our engineering careers: my husband in software development and me at a nuclear weapons plant. I am proud of my contribution to our nation's defense and happy to say that, after the Cold War fizzled out, I helped create the new industry of demolishing nuclear weapons plants. That plant is a wildlife preserve today. After leaving Denver, we moved deep into southwest New Mexico where I worked for a few years at a huge copper mine and became a volunteer fire fighter. My husband and I are both still firefighters, and pursue our hobbies and interests on the border of the Gila National Forest outside the marvelous small town of Silver City.
How did you start writing?
Outside of my technical work, the first things I wrote to share were book reviews. A close friend of mine had started a blog that included weekly reports on non-fiction books. He encouraged me to write a few guest posts. Just as I was getting used to the idea that someone might actually read what I wrote, I ran across a great website: http://nanowrimo.org/ Commit to writing 2000 words a day for a month, and in a month you'll have the draft of a novel. Stop worrying, stop agonizing, stop trying to be perfect. Just write. I'd write first thing in the morning, then take a long walk to untangle my brain, then write some more. The farther into the story I got, the more I wanted to finish it and find out what other people would think of my book.
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By Kate Rauner
Price: $2.98 USD. Words: 81,490. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2013. Category: Fiction
Rob Shay makes an incredible discovery: a glitch in space that opens an impossible path to a star and its planets. Serendipity led to the discovery and serendipity may stop exploration. The business of space keeps getting in the way as Rob struggles to stay with his mission in a world he can't control. Rooted in today's technologies, Glitch is set in a near-future world messy enough to be real.

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