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Who I am:
Irish (is Éireannach mé;), Writer (the Brigid Kildare mystery series), Artist, Crafter, sometimes Real Estate Broker (RI & FL), purveyor of ephemera and bagatelle™. Trifles. Little things. Here today, gone tomorrow. In other words, a little of this, a bit of that, a jack of all trades and I fear, a master of none!

My life has been pretty interesting, all in all. In my journey so far, I have had three husbands and two children; lived in Ireland, Rhode Island, and Florida; owned a brake repair shop, an art gallery in Ireland and a farm, and a boat building business in Florida; been a Realtor, a title examiner, a real estate closer, and a government employee which led me straight to being unemployed, laid off, made redundant. I write cozy mysteries, paint, draw, sculpt, craft, take photos, and cook.
Connect with me online! My site, blog, or Twitter handle are:
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
Social Insecurity (A Brigid Kildare Mystery)
My writing is:
Fiction, Blog Posts
My professional associations:
Sisters In Crime
Sisters In Crime New England
Mystery Writers of America
I found out about She Writes from:
Evelyn Cullet's blog


SOCIAL INSECURITY is the first book in The Brigid Kildare Mystery Series. It is a cozy series. But more a serial than a series.

I belong to many readers and writers groups and there is one thing we all complain about in the genre we all love so well, cozy mysteries, and that is repetition. The reason for that is each book is supposed to stand alone. So if you come across volume seven in a cozy series you have never seen before, you can pick it up and read it, and know everything. You’ll hear everything about each character’s background, their relationships, their profession, their craft or hobby. And at the end, the story is wrapped up in a neat little bow.

But the fact is, if you start a series at the beginning, by book three, you are skimming over those parts. You have heard it all before. Again and again.

So I took a chainsaw to Social Insecurity. I took out about twenty thousand words an editor had wanted in. Because they weren’t needed. You may learn a lot about one character and his character, because he is a suspect, but little about another because in this particular story it is not important to the tale at hand. You will get a lot of description of the protagonist, Brigid’s, living arrangements for example. But you will never hear about it again in subsequent books. So picking up book seven, never having read one through six, you could be confused.

And there is no neat bow at the end. Oh the mystery is solved. You know whodunit and why and how. But you have a cliff hanger which leads you right into book two, MEDITATED MURDER, which leads right into DYING OVER SPILLED MILK, which leads right into NOT A RHODE ISLAND CLUE and so on... I've got it plotted quite a way in advance. So this series is really a serial that must be read from the beginning, in order.

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Posted on May 12, 2013 at 11:04am 0 Comments

Since today is Mothers Day, I thought I would start off my blog here on She Writes with a post from my own blog, RANTIN' RAVIN' AND READING, from April, in which I blame my mother for me being a writer.…


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At 5:08pm on May 21, 2013, Meg Waite Clayton said…

Kate, Just waving hello. If you’re looking for places to connect here, we’d love to have you join us in the Novelists (Struggling or Not) group. I hope you’re enjoying exploring SheWrites, and best of luck with your writing.

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Author of The Wednesday Sisters (a nationally bestselling writing group novel from Random House/Ballantine; $.99 ebook this week) and the forthcoming The Wednesday Daughters (July 16)

At 1:26pm on May 13, 2013, Jennifer Lauck said…

Hi and let me be one of the first to welcome you to Shewrites.  This is a terrific site, tons of resources and innovative info.  As my own bonus, you have access to my teaching site and free teachings on memoir.  Just click here and sign up.  No spam, I promise.  Just great teaching tips.  Enjoy!  XO Jennifer

At 10:51pm on May 11, 2013, Caitlyn Levin said…



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