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Katherine Allred was born in Arkansas and spent her formative years there learning to love books at her grandfather's knee. When she was five, her mother remarried and moved them to Michigan, where they stayed for the next ten years. At age fifteen, the entire family moved back home to Arkansas, and she's been there ever since, except for brief stints in other countries and states while her hubby was in the army.
After receiving a BS in journalism from Arkansas State University, Katherine began her writing in earnest. To date, she's had seven books published, with number eight being released in April, 2009, and number nine just completed.
A member of Romance Writers of America, Katherine has achieved many awards for her novels, including the 2006 EPPIE award, winning the PASIC Book of Your Heart contest in 2002, and having a novel named Best Book of the Year by Romance Reviews Today in 2005. She currently writes for Eos, the science fiction imprint of Harper Collins Publishing.
A note from Katherine:
If I had to name the person who has been most influential in my life, it would be my grandfather. My earliest memories are of him, taking me to the local five and dime and telling me I could buy anything in the store that cost twenty-five cents or less. For me, there was no choice at all. I always made a bee-line straight for the Little Golden Books, as he knew I would. And then he'd patiently read those books to me, over and over again, until I'd memorized every word. By the time I was four, I was reading the books to him, or making up my own stories to entertain him.
At age five, I discovered Superman comics and left my Little Golden Books behind for the man of steel. It was my first taste of science fiction and I was completely hooked, and knew it was my destiny to become a super hero just like my idol.
By the time I was seven, I was plowing through full length science fiction novels by masters such as Heinlein, Clark, and Asimov. It was at this point in my life that I decided I should become a nuclear physicist. That fantasy lasted just long enough for me to realize there was math involved, at which point I decided I'd rather be a writer.
Fortunately, my glorious path to fame and fortune was somewhat delayed when I got married and had three children, a daughter and twin sons. I stayed home to be a mom until they were old enough not to kill each other if I left them alone for an hour or two, and then enrolled in college. After screwing up the grading curve for all the "traditional" students in my science classes, I graduated three years later with a BS in journalism, which was the only writing degree our university offered.
I'll admit, up until I graduated, I was something of a snob where romance novels were concerned. When I was a teenager I'd tried a few my mother had brought home and thought they were pretty stupid. Not only were women getting raped in most of them, they then turned around and fell in love with the man who had done the violating. The women were simply too stupid to live in my biased opinion.
And then, shortly after graduation, a friend forced me to read Montana Sky, by Nora Roberts. Talk about a revelation! Suddenly, I was buying every romance I could scrape up the money for. These definitely weren't my mother's romances. The women were strong and independent, well able to take care of themselves, and there were actually plots involved in the stories!
I could do this, I realized. I put my family in hock to buy my first computer and began writing contemporary romances. And continued to write them for the next ten years. But part of me always longed for the chance to write science fiction, my first love.
So, when no one was looking, I decided to combine the two genres, just for myself. And to my surprise, everyone loved the story. Now I have the best of both worlds, writing books that span my two favorite genres. I hope you enjoy them, too.
A few years ago, hubby and I acquired two new family members of the furry variety. For a peek at our babies, click here.
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