"Brings everything to life."
— Tess, age 9, Chicago reader on The Great Chicago Fire
"A winning blend of comedy, superheroics, inspirational women from history, and puzzle-solving."
— Kirkus Reviews for MASK
“A stunning, fast-paced yarn that champions smarts,
problem-solving, women, and the importance of family.
Great role models for girls."
— Common Sense Media 5-star review for The Detective’s Assistant
Growing up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, I always saw my parents reading books and newspapers. So I quickly learned that words were powerful and storytelling was important.
When I was in the fourth grade (rocking the freckles in the photo at left!) I knew I wanted to be a writer. My teacher, Mrs. Tucker, had us craft mysteries in the spirit of Encyclopedia Brown, and the bravest of us read them out loud to the class each Friday. I was hooked!
I loved language. I loved interesting people. And I was very nosy. So I worked on school newspapers in middle school, high school, and college, and then I went on to work at daily newspapers in different cities around the country — including The Dallas Morning News and The San Francisco Chronicle. California living was the greatest, and some of my favorite places on Earth are there!
Now I live in Chicago with my own family — my husband, three kids, and nervous Australian shepherd. I still love language and interesting people, and I'm still nosy. So I spend a lot of time researching and writing fiction and nonfiction — including mysteries! — for readers like you.
About the author
Kate Talks to Kidlit authors
Author Of is a conversation around children's literature featuring interviews with writers for young readers. Learn about the inspiration behind their books and the "spark" that made them write their stories. Superpups Kevin and Bella find it fascinating!