Award winning author, Kathryn Lane, writes fiction inspired by Latin American cultures she experienced firsthand during her career as an international finance executive. Her debut novel, Waking Up in Medellin, released by Pen-L Publishing in 2016, has been followed with the Spanish version, Despertando en Medellín, now available on Amazon. The second novel in the Nikki Garcia Thriller series, Coyote Zone (working title) will be published later in 2017.
Alamo Bay Press will release Backyard Volcano, an anthology of Kathryn’s short stories, in March of 2017. Her short fiction contains a fusion between fantasy and reality, often layered with symbolism and punctuated by hints of surrealism.
Originally from Mexico, Kathryn wanted to be a painter in oils but quickly changed to accounting and international finance after she discovered the path to painting lead 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 several years. After jetting to over 90 countries, she realized her travels gave her the opportunity to fulfill another passion – to write fiction.
Kathryn’s novel length fiction, by contrast to her short stories, falls into the mystery genre with romance interwoven in the story, as in Waking Up in Medellin. The protagonist, Nikki Garcia, an American woman from Minneapolis, Minnesota, travels to Colombia in South America to investigate fraud. She uncovers far more than fraud and finds herself caught in a web of deception and life-threatening experiences.
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).
Kathryn’s novel, Waking Up in Medellin, was named a 2016 Pinnacle Award winner by the National Association of Book Entrepreneurs (NABE). In 2016, 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.
Kathryn’s short stories have been published in Alamo Bay Writers Anthology; The Texas A&M New Border Voices: An Anthology; Arriba Baseball! from VAO Publishing and Swirl Literary Journal from Lone Star College-Montgomery Campus. 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 poetry has been published in numerous anthologies, journals and two chapbooks, A Conversation on India and Spirit Rocks. For the past three years, Kathryn has served on the panel of judges at Carver High School in Houston, Texas, for their finals in the Poetry Out Loud contest.