Hi, I’m Kathryn. Some things I write are about Marble Rollers, Dream Chasers, Cursed Pirates, and Queens who were never born to wear a crown. I’m drawn to action-adventure stories exploring how far we will go for those we love. Most are fantastical that are smart with heart and a dash of whimsy.
I graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Creative Writing and minors in Russian and Russian Studies. I won a Summer Hopwood Award Nonfiction in 2017 and had short stories and poems published in the anthology Confined Connections by Z Publishing House. I founded an anthology titled Bring Your Words with nine other talented authors, published by Fifth Avenue Press (July 2021).
My YA historical fantasy book manuscript was selected as a Top 10 finalist of Roadmap Writer's Write Start Manuscript Competition.
My historical action-adventure feature script, NOT MY BROTHER, inspired by my great-great-great-grandfather and his younger brother's experiences in the Civil War, placed Top 5% Nicholl's Fellowship 2021 (Next 100 scripts after the 360 chosen QFs), won Roadmap Writers Diversity Initiative (July 2021), Quarter-Finalist at Page Awards (is now a Semifinalist in the Stowe Story Labs Page Awards Fellowship) and won 2nd place at the Script Summit Screenplay Competition 2021 Michigan Writers - Features.
My original historical mafia mystery who-dun-it, CASUS BELLI, won the LA Crime and Horror Film Festival's Best Crime TV Script 2021. Is a Top 10 Finalist in the Table Read My Screenplay Genre Summer Competition 2022. And was a Top 50 Semi-Finalist in the Roadmap Writers Top Tier Competition for the 2021-2022 season.
My original supernatural horror TV Pilot, BeTwIxT, won the ISA Fast Track Fellowship 2022 Top Genre Selection for Best Horror/Sci-Fi/Fantasy script! Won the GenreBlast Film Festival 2021 TV/Webisodes Script Competition, and won the International Horror Hotel Film Festival Horror TV Pilot Dramatic Script Competition 2021. It also placed as a Finalist at FilmQuest 2021 among other placements in wonderful competitions around the country.
My first short film script, The Adventures of Star Girl and the Marble Roller, won the National Film Festival for Talented Youth’s Best Screenplay Competition in 2018 and I had the honor of judging the competition in 2019.
Besides writing, I enjoy spending hours researching ancestors and learning their languages such as Russian, Scottish Gaelic, Icelandic, and Swedish. And I also love hiking and kayaking.
Some of my short stories, poems, and essays can be found in multiple reviews, journals, and magazines listed in the Work section.