It's nice to read when you have a will to read (UPDATE)

Katheryn Norris  is a gem of a woman. I am proud to know her. 

When she was not quite the age of 5 and I might have been on the edge of turning 30, I recall reading a story to her as we sat on the back outdoorstairs of my childhood home which was also her grandparents house. Kate said, "It's nice to read when you have a will to read!"

I recorded those words in my journal on that day. 

I can hardly contain my excitement for my niece, Katheryn Norris who has just signed with a literary agent from Andrea Brown Agency, Inc.

I wrote a little piece about Kate here last year.

As an artist myself, and as you dear reader, do understand the grand event this is for Kate.

She is on the cusp of change, having quit her job last fall the day before she had to take the exam to apply for graduate school. (Her former employer was not willing to allow her to take the day off for her to take the GRE test!)
She has since been employed as a baker. A low-paying job that no doubt barely meets ends.

In the past week, she received a scholarship to graduate school and she signed with a literary agent! Not just any agent, but the agent of her dreams. This fall, she'll be teaching English composition to Freshman students at Ohio State University, taking graduate classes, and quite possibly writing her novels in the dead of the night. I will miss seeing her and sharing a meal or a drink or 2...but oh my, what reading pleasure she'll bring to my eyes and to yours.

Please if you will,  peruse her site and post  your well wishes for success. 


Kate received news today, 4/24/12, that she is one of 50 semifinalists in Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Contest! Here's what Kate posted on her FB page today. WooT!

My first novel My Chutney Travelogue is one of 50 semifinalists in Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Contest! Read the Publishers Weekly staff review of my novel on my blog:, and you can read an excerpt of MCT and share a review here: