Kathryn Lane



Kathryn & Bob

Award winning author Kathryn Lane’s debut novel, Waking Up in Medellin (in the Nikki Garcia Thriller Series from Pen-L Publishing) won:

  • Silver Falchion for Best Fiction Book of the Year 2017 by Killer Nashville
  • Silver Falchion for Best Fiction Adult Suspense 2017 by Killer Nashville
  • Pinnacle Fiction Achievement Award (Fall 2016) by National Association of Book Entrepreneurs
  • Silver Medal for the Readers Favorite Book Awards (2017 Fiction Thriller)
  • 2nd Runner Up for the RONE Award (Mystery category 2017) by Ind’tale Magazine


The second novel in the Nikki Garcia Thriller Series, Coyote Zone, recently won a Pinnacle Fiction Thriller Achievement Award (Fall 2017) by the National Association of Book Entrepreneurs.  Coyote Zone presents you with:

  • high stakes danger in a kidnapping and human trafficking story
  • Other subplots woven into the plot, such as romance, making this an exciting read
  • The International Thriller Writers (ITW) Magazine “Big Thrill” provides an advanced review


Kathryn’s collection of short stories, Backyard Volcano, (from Alamo Bay Press) will give you:

  • A fusion between fantasy and reality
  • Symbolism, punctuated by hints of surrealism
  • Stories with unusual twists and turns – events in everyday life in Latin cultures


Additionally, her short stories have been published by:

  • The Texas A&M New Border Voices: An Anthology
  • Arriba Baseball! From VAO Publishing
  • Swirl Literary Journal from Lone Star College-Montgomery Campus
  • Alamo Bay Writers Anthology
  • The Association of Writing & Writing Programs (AWP) featured Kathryn as a reader on the panel of Arriba Baseball! In Seattle in February 2014

Kathryn’s activities in poetry include:

  • Serving on the panel of judges at Carver High School in Houston, Texas, for their finals in the Poetry Out Loud contest
  • Being published in numerous anthologies, journals
  • Two chapbooks, A Conversation on India and Spirit Rocks.

Biographical Data

Originally from Mexico, Kathryn was a painter in oils but quickly changed to accounting and international finance after she discovered the artistic path of painting leads to a starving artist existence. To cement her ability to earn a living, she became a CPA and a CMA and worked for a multinational corporation where she traveled extensively for two decades. After jetting to over 90 countries, her travels gave her the opportunity to fulfill another passion – to write fiction. Now she writes fiction inspired by Latin American cultures she experienced firsthand during her career as an international finance executive.

Kathryn is a graduate of the University of New Mexico and is both a Certified Management Accountant (New Jersey) and a Certified Public Accountant (New Mexico – inactive status).  

The Greater Conroe Arts Alliance’s honored Kathryn with a Montie Award for Pursuit of Excellence. The Rotary Club of The Woodlands recognized her with a second Paul Harris award for her service to the community. She also serves on the Montgomery County Literary Arts Council and resides in The Woodlands, Texas, with her husband, Bob Hurt.


Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Texas Association of Authors, Women’s Fiction Writers Association, Writers League of Texas, Association of Writers and Writing Programs, International Thriller Writers