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Kathy P.


Burlington, VT

Member since:

July 20, 2013

What do you write?

My life, like most I think, has been filled with so many, "Oh, God, this would make a great story" moments. My short story work usually has some element of my own life, but taken to a quirky, humorous, "twisty" ending-I love the unexpected, especially if there is dark humor involved. My poetry is very personal, but I think there is a universal aspect that may resonate with others. I also write children's stories. I am very careful that the story doesn't play down to a child, but rather encourages the child to think a bit more maturely. I don't use childish wording, but try to visualize and render my characters in a way that they are fun but not babyish.

What's your favorite subject to write about?

I love writing short stories that could be an experience I have had, realistic but with dark humor and quirky endings.

Who is your favorite author?

I am an eclectic reader and enjoy many authors. I enjoy classics by Thomas Hardy and Wilkie Collins as well as modern authors such as Jonathan Tropper, Richard Russo, Anne Tyler, and Geraldine Brooks. One of my favorite authors is Seth Grahame-Smith, author of Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, for his seamless melding of the history and fiction in his novel. For absolute perfection in writing, I have to say Harper Lee-there is not one "mis-word" in To Kill a Mockingbird.

If you could meet any dead writer, who would it be?

I'd love to say, "Jane Austen," but I'll go out on a limb and say Shirley Jackson. I have all of her work and love the quirkiness that is so her style. I think she was brilliant, died way too young, and never let us know "who" she was.

What do you hope to achieve in your work?

I want to feel comfortable having my work "out there" and hearing critical comments. I want to become a better writer and I realize that I must have input from other writers and strangers and not just people who love me!


Hi, I'm a 65 yo woman from the Northeast Kingdom still working on my Philosophy degree! I feel like I have always written- short stories, children's stories, and poetry for many years and have several great rejection letters to prove my persistence

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I think the format is perfect-lots of dialogue, some laughs, great personalities to exchange thoughts with

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