Kathryn Long is a native Ohioan, born and raised in Barberton, the "Magic City". She is the youngest of five children, although the closest sibling in age is a brother sixteen years her senior. Being raised like an only child, Kathryn found reading and writing as favorable forms of entertainment. In high school as a member of the Writers' Club, she continued to nurture her writing talent.
After high school Kathryn attended and graduated from the University of Akron with a BA degree in French. Before marriage and children the author managed a Waldenbooks store and continue writing short stories and song lyrics as a hobby. In 1987 she returned to school for a Bachelor's in Education. She has been an employee of the Green Local School system since 1990 and currently teaches SLD students at the high school.
Writing took a more serious turn a few years ago as Kathryn completed her first novel-length work and discovered that mystery was her nitch. Early on, determined to improve her craft, she developed a habit of spending most of her free time in the summer and on weekends during the school year, writing story after story. Mystery merged with the color of Native American culture to create Oklahoma's Gold and A Pleasant View. Venturing into cozy mysteries and romantic suspense writing, Kathryn has created three novels with the cozy, Whips, Cuffs, and Little Brown Boxes; a romantic suspense, A Deadly Deed Grows; and the recently completed, Dying to Dream, another romantic suspense.
Kathryn has also written short stories, two of which are published in The Piker Press: "A Good Man" and "Betrayal in a Letter". She also has ventured into the young adult genre, writing the modern-day fairytale, Cinderella Geek, under the pen name, K. Sean Jennkrist.
Keeping connected is an important element of writing. Staying in tune with what goes on in the writing world and being visible are reasons why Kathryn is a member of Sisters in Crime and maintains a blogsite - Writers & Teachers as well as a facebook page.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing gives me the opportunity to release my evil twin -- kill people, destroy people, and blow things up!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Small town, USA! Actually, my hometown is/was very ethnic. Lots of Serbs, Czechs, Germans, and Irish. My family--mother's side, which is full of Serbs--and the town, gave me my inspiration for the Lilly M. Mysteries. Why else give Lilly the last name -- Millenovanovich? LOL. Inspirational, comical, entertaining. My family has it all.
It’s wedding bell blues and disaster when murder comes to the Paulmona Winery and Villa. Mystery author and part time snoop, Lilly Millenovanovich is the unlucky bride-to-be, but she gladly exchanges her wedding dress for gumshoes and brushes off her bag of spy tricks to solve the crime and keep Cousin Mona from spending her life behind bars. Murderous and zany fun in the final episode of Lilly M.
Rescue ex fiancé, Jake Kline. Save pastry chef, Audrey Willow. That’s the plan. Mystery author, Lilly Millenovanovich finds herself up to her ears in mayhem and mischief in this latest caper. Lilly’s life moves from hometown Barton, Ohio to the Gulf coast of Florida to solve a crime or two, but not alone. Family members add to the fun while old friends and enemies manage to complicate matters.
Lilly Millenovanovich is an over forty, struggling author, trying to make financial ends meet by working as a night school instructor, teaching English to immigrants, while freelancing during the day for the Barton Gazette. When one of her students is shot, life goes from boring to frighteningly exciting as Lilly is thrown into chaotic turmoil of murder and mystery.
#1 of a 4 book series: Turning forty, menopausal and single, mystery writer, Lilly M. needs a little excitement in her life now and then. So, when her aunt Fran
turns up missing, Lilly decides playing amateur detective might do the trick. Of course, It doesn't take a crystal ball to know Lilly will snoop herself right into trouble.