Author Profile

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.

Her 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.

Curiosity Killed the Sphinx and Other Stories

was released by Hollywood Books International in 2012.  

"The stories aren’t ghost stories, but there’s an eerie coolness in Holmes’s work ... 
In every story, there is something lurking just beyond the edges of eyesight."   -  E. D. Watson for Front Porch Journal

FLUTE LORE, FLUTE TALES:  Artifacts, History, and Stories about the Flute is published as an E-book in December 2013 and as a paperback in January 2014.

"...a delightful source of historical information," - Library Bookwatch, The Midwest Book Review




 "Simulations" from The Adirondack Review, Summer 2012.

 "Midwinter ghosts" from The Straddler, spring/summer 2011.

 "Patinas" from Stirring, January 2009.

 "Pulp", "The Summoning", "Twisted Tree", "Nyneve" from FRiGG, issue 21, summer 2008.



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


Writing Amid Used Books  




The Wide Awake Loons

was released in 2013 from Silver Knight Publishing, LLC.  


"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 is now available from Couchgrass books. 

"What a relaxing, classic, and vibrant story..."  -  from the HarperCollins Editor's Desk review at 

Katherine L. Holmes' children's fantasy, The House in Windward Leaves, was re-published with a new cover and illustration in November, 2012.


'"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

Children's Novel

The House in Windward Leaves  Couchgrass Books

The Wide Awake Loons, published by Silver Knight Publishing.


"Would you like to go out shoveling tonight?"  A One Act Play from Eclectica, July/August 2005.