Kate is an editor in the publishing industry and an author of young adult fiction, including How We Fall (Simon Pulse, 2014). As a child, she spent a lot of time in her local library, wandering the shelves and discovering all kinds of stories about all kinds of people. An incurable love for seeing real life through the pages of a book drew her to writing fiction, and at fifteen she decided she wanted someone to find her own books by searching through the shelves of a library. She's been writing ever since. After teaching high school English for three years, she decided her life would be publishing all the way, and she started working as an intern for Carol Mann Literary Agency. Since then she has edited for publishing houses, bestselling self-publishing authors, and clients of literary agencies, including The Bent Agency, New Leaf Literary, and Dystel, Goderich & Bourret. She's worked as an acquiring editor at Entangled Publishing and as a copyeditor for Lerner Publishing Group, and she has been invited to present at the Romantic Times Convention, Pikes Peak Writers Conference, Idaho Writers Conference, RWA, Midwest Writers Workshop, University of Nebraska Omaha, and others. Her novel How We Fall released to positive reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, VOYA, Horn Book Guide, and School Library Journal, and was a Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Best YA Novel nominee. Books Kate has edited include two USA Today bestsellers, a Nebraska Book Award winner, a Kirkus starred review recipient, a RITA finalist, a Kirkus indie book of the month, a Goodreads YA book of the month, two Junior Library Guild selections, a Locus Magazine best book, and an A-grade recipient from Smart Bitches, Trashy Books.
Currently Kate lives in Iowa with her spouse, Jesse. They do a lot of traveling to visit her husband’s family in the Dominican Republic and Mexico, and to visit Kate’s family and friends, scattered all over the U.S. In her spare time, she does a lot of baking, takes care of her aquarium, hunts down new music, and reads just about everything. Kate loves people, dark chocolate, cake decorating, Siberian huskies, thrillers, sugar work, red maple trees, superstitions, snorkeling, ghost stories, anything Harry Potter, astronomy, coffee, pie, and talking about books. She’s working hard on her next few novels, and if you see her, say hello, because she’d love to take you out for coffee and ask you what you’re reading.