Kathryn Brettell


The Olive Picker is Kathryn’s first book. She has previously written Solitaire, a short story that was published in The McGuffin magazine in 2006. Her short stories Hot Lips and Runners were both accepted for on-line publications in 2005 and 2009 respectively.
Kathryn splits her time between Singapore and Colorado, and writes stories about her frequent travels. One of those letters, Naked Guy, was published in the Colorado newspaper, The Mountain Connection, in 2013.
Kathryn is very happily married, pursuing her lifelong love of writing, and enjoying life.
She hopes, through her writing, to help people who find themselves in situations of abuse, wherever they are in their journey.

Smashwords Interview

The Olive Picker starts out with a gripping opening chapter. Did you plan it that way, or did you do some shuffling once the book was finished?
Both. I wrote an outline before I got started and once all the pieces on the outline were written, I shuffled the chapters around until I was happy with it.
What sparked your interest in writing?
I’ve always loved to write. I love how I can put words together to succinctly say the things I can’t speak.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Kathryn Brettell online

Where to buy in print


An Unlikely Santa
Price: Free! Words: 1,830. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
An unlikely Santa, and a lonely boy meet in this quirky, short, Christmas story.
The Olive Picker
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 62,060. Language: American English. Published: August 24, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Abuse / domestic partner abuse, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
A step kid, Kathi grows up with all the confidence of a road flattened squirrel, She marries for all the wrong reasons, and deals with a variety of challenges with wit and determination. Kathi allows life to drag her along in its wake until she is faced with a near death experience. Then, everything changes.

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