Katherine L. Holmes
First publication in a high school creative writing journal and a year's worth of feature stories in her college newspaper while she was copy editor (St. Olaf College), Katherine's first full-time job was as an editorial assistant at Augsburg Publishing in Minneapolis. Lillie Suburban Newspapers in North St. Paul was her next employment where she wrote news, reviews, and features.
She went from there to the University of Minnesota's newly established Masters of English with an Emphasis in Writing program where she began with a fellowship and finished with work in fiction, working with Patricia Hampl, Chester Anderson, and Pierre Delattre. Also, she was involved with The Loft, acting as a committee member for their Northwind Story Hour and taking courses from children's editor Susan Pearson and author Jane Resh Thomas.
Since then, while writing, she did freelance editorial work for publishers in Minneapolis and Duluth (Carnival Enterprises – Macmillan, Skillings Mining Review, Lake Superior Railroad Museum, Holy Cow! Press). She was a freshman composition instructor at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and has worked at bookstores, both new and used. Currently, she has an internet business as a bookseller.
outside interests are music, hiking, and swimming. After
deciding not to pursue a career in music, she still played flute
and piccolo during college, in large ensemble and musical theater in the Twin
Cites. She currently lives in Duluth, Minnesota, liking
its nearness to nature, what she was used to, growing up in southern Minnesota.
was released by Hollywood Books International in 2012.
"The stories aren’t ghost stories, but there’s an eerie coolness in
Holmes’s work ...
"...a delightful source of historical information," - Library Bookwatch, The Midwest Book Review
"Simulations" from The Adirondack Review, Summer 2012.
"Patinas" from Stirring, January 2009.
Curiosity Killed the Sphinx and
Other Stories, a short story collection published by Hollywood Books International.
New Writing: An Anthology of Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, Drama: The Best of Americana, edited by Leslie Wilson and published by Press Americana
The Wide Awake Loons is re-published with illustration.
"Incredible authentic details about life and survival habits and skills of the loons are woven into this engrossing nature story." - Children's Bookwatch
FINALIST in the Children's/Juvenile Fiction category of the 2014 Next Generation Book Awards
The Swan Bonnet, a historical novel set in Alaska, was released in 2013.
"What a relaxing, classic, and vibrant story..." - from the HarperCollins Editor's Desk review at Authonomy.com
The House in Windward Leaves is a middle grade fantasy.
'"The House in Windward Leaves" is a thrilling tale...highly recommended.' - The Midwest Book Review
FINALIST in Juvenile Fiction, 2013 National Indie Excellence Book Awards
FINALIST in E-book Fiction, 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
Josiah's Apple Orchard, a middle grade novel set in the 1960's midwest, was released in 2014.