Not only that, she also got to meet the three Beaus (Micky Kuhn, Patrick Curtis and Gregory Geiss) from Gone With the Wind - watch the movie, you'll see them! - and Sally Rains, author of Making of a Masterpiece, who became a fast friend, as well as the fabulous Chris Sullivan and Connie Sutherland - also friends - and inspirations for characters in her book, The Secret of the Belles.
Being a writer is awesome - you get to meet so many cool people, like author Sue Grafton; Captain Kangaroo; musician and songwriter Barry Etris; "Randy" and "Scut Farcus" from the holiday movie classic, "A Christmas Story" - and also travel to some outstanding places - like Alaska, Russia, Scotland, Costa Rica, the fjords of Norway, Salem MA, Washington film locations for the TV show, "Twin Peaks," and Athens, Greece, among others.
Kathy has written other books as well, including 26 children’s storybooks for Malaysia’s ESL program. Yes! Malaysia. What a great experience.
A travel and lifestyle writer, Kathy's travel articles may be seen monthly in Tribune News Service outlets and a multitude of magazines. She is a feature writer and travel columnist with Kentucky Living magazine and Georgia magazine and a columnist covering travel goods - and what an incredible and constantly evolving array of travel goods - with The Travel Goods Association’s Travel Goods Showcase Magazine.
A favorite project she has worked on many times over the years is the Kentucky Visitors Guide. Kentucky is a beautiful place to visit - with picturesque small towns, unique attractions, great food and lots and LOTS of bourbon distilleries.
Kathy has won a number of awards for her writing, including a Mark Twain Travel Writing Award for her book, Atlanta, GA: A Photographic Portrait, and Mark Twain Travel Writing Awards for her magazine articles. She was also awarded Lily Scholarships for graduate study and a scholarship for each of the three years of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Marketing College program, which she completed in 2010, earning the TMP (Tourism Marketing Professional) designation in spring of 2011.
Kathy lives in northern Kentucky with her husband, son and beautiful Rag Doll cat - Lady Amy Wittskers - in a small town near the “big city” of Cincinnati – and within 40 minutes of a dozen or so good theaters.
SATW Society of American Travel Writers
MTWA Midwest Travel Writers Association
The Authors Guild
The Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators