When it comes to ideas, Kathleen says, “Curiosity is crucial. As long as I wonder about things and try to puzzle them out, I have more story ideas than I’ll ever have time to write. An image in the news or something I encounter in everyday life will spark questions in my mind–such as, ‘Who is that person? What is his/her situation? Why? What happened a few seconds prior?’ A seemingly ordinary event or situation, coupled with imagination, can become a story.”
Here are some of the people who have sparked Kathleen’s curiosity and imagination:
Behind the Scenes
Kathleen grew up in Rochester, New York, the sixth of seven children–and the only girl. Yes, that’s a lot of brothers, but she admits it wasn’t so bad, especially because they have given her plenty of writing material. Kathleen’s brothers challenged her and taught her many things, some of which her parents remain unaware.
She attended Northeastern University and St. John Fisher College, earning a degree in writing and business management. Of all the things she learned in college, the most valuable is that writing well cannot be done in isolation. We need to share our work with others in order to make it better.
Today, Kathleen’s husband and two daughters inspire her every day. From the time they were babies, her children have created precious memories that often come in handy when she’s developing a character. (Shhhh) Her family often reads early drafts of her stories, providing helpful feedback. After all, there’s always room for improvement!