Building a new book

July 30, 2017

In late January of 2017, Diane Nine, President of Nine Speakers, Inc., an established literary agency based in Washington, D.C., offered to represent my future work. At the time, all I had to offer Diane was a one paragraph premise describing the novel I planned to write. I am forever grateful to Deborah Kalb, an author and journalist I admire and respect, for recommending me to Diane.

My work in progress is my fourth novel (if you don’t count the two half-baked manuscripts in a bottom drawer). I hope fans of my first three novels, The Final Salute, Johnnie Come Lately, and Seven Wings to Glory, will embrace my next story starring a brand new cast of characters in a contemporary setting I’ve longed to write about, my native New Mexico. 

I’m about a third of the way in, and I hope to have the story complete by the end of this year or shortly thereafter. Because I’m building this new book from scratch, it’s taken me a while to get to know my characters. I’m finally at that point in the story where my characters are waking me up in the middle of the night or nudging me in church to scribble notes in the margins of the bulletin. Don’t tell the preacher. 😉

Thanks to all of you who’ve followed my career over the years, whether you’ve read my books or my work in Family Circle Magazine and Military Times. Every day when I sit down to write, I remind myself that I live in a country where I have the freedom to explore controversial subjects and to express my imagination.  

Thanks for reading,


2017 Purple Pride Alumni Hall of Honor Award for “Sports & Entertainment”



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Author of the novels The Final Salute, Johnnie Come Lately & Seven Wings to Glory. Former contributor to Family Circle Magazine and Military Times. Future work represented by agent Diane Nine, Nine Speakers Inc.

12 thoughts on “Building a new book”

  1. I have been wondering where you have been and now I know and cannot wait to read this new piece. It will be a joy to read just as your other works have been.

  2. Exciting times! I love the visual of seeing you scribbling notes in your bulletin. My pastor has seen me scribbling so often, she once asked me if her sermons are inspiring me or if they’re boring me. I’ve started a lot of scenes sitting in a church pew! Good luck on the new book!

    1. Hi Glenda,

      I LOVE LOVE LOVE knowing I’m not the only one who gets great story ideas in the middle of church. LOL!!!
      Truly, even if I tune out the sermon I feel that the ideas are inspired. Your message makes me smile.
      Good luck on all of your books. You are an inspiration and congrats on all of your bestsellers.

  3. I am trying to edit my second novel, Lace Curtain, right now, but just came upon a novel I wrote six years ago which I think is more topical. What to do????? Good luck, Kathleen. It’s exciting but scary to begin a brand new story.

    1. Hi Jeanne,

      Thanks so much for taking the time to drop by and leave your lovely message. Sending best of luck wishes your way and you edit your second novel. And I would definitely dust off that new novel and get it out there. 🙂

  4. I am also glad we live in a country that allows us the freedom to explore the controversies of our time. Keep on writing!!!

  5. Kathleen, what a joy it was to look over your shoulder as THE FINAL SALUTE was published, then JOHNNIE COMES LATELY and SEVEN WINGS TO GLORY followed close behind. And now here you are immersed in your fourth novel! You are amazing!!! Congratulations on this most impressive body of work. Much love. Drema

    1. Drema,
      You are a huge part of my journey. I can’t thank you enough for listening to me bellyache and read whole passages over the phone. Thank you for your patience. Love from one Red Fox to another. <3

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