Kathleen Burkinshaw resides in Charlotte, NC. She’s a wife, mom to a daughter in college, and dreading the reality of being an empty nester (most of the time), and owns a dog who is a kitchen ninja. She also advocates for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy research. Writing has given her an outlet for her daily struggle with chronic pain. Writing Historical Fiction satisfies her OCD tendencies to research anything and everything.
Kathleen’s debut novel, THE LAST CHERRY BLOSSOM (Sky Pony Press, August 4, 2016), is upper middle grade historical fiction. THE LAST CHERRY BLOSSOM gives a glimpse into a 12 year old girl’s daily life in Hiroshima during the last year of World War II. Shocking family secrets are revealed just as her entire world is about to ignite and become a shadow of what it had been. This historical fiction novel is based on her mother’s life in Hiroshima.
- Favorite book growing up: NANCY DREW MYSTERIES and anything by Judy Blume
- Childhood aspiration: Veterinarian (until she found out she would also have to put animals down-couldn’t do it)
- Favorite time of day/place to write: In the morning in her favorite chair by the window in her bedroom
- Book currently reading/most recently read: She has more than one on her nightstand depending on her mood – RED BERRIES, WHITE CLOUDS, BLUE SKY by Sandra Dallas, HOLD TIGHT DON’T LET GO: A STORY OF HAITI by Laura Rose Wagner, and THE THICKETY: A PATH BEGINS by J.A. White
- Favorite things to do (other than reading): Writing, spending time with family and any crafts involving a glue gun
- Favorite sports teams: NY Yankees, and to keep peace in family-Pittsburgh Steelers
- Surprising personal fact: After college, she acted in a dinner theater group
- Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: Seeing her book in print with other great debut authors and being able to be called sweet sixteen again-but this time can she bypass the permed hair and the SAT’s?
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