Kathryn’s presentation to the students at Esprit International School – Part 2

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Hello, readers! Here is the second video from the series that was filmed when I gave a presentation to the high school arts students at Esprit International School. I hope you enjoy! Kathryn

Kathryn’s presentation to students at Esprit International School – PART 1

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Hello, readers! I had the privilege of making a presentation to the high school arts class at Esprit International School in The Woodlands, Texas. We filmed the presentation. Here is Part 1, where I give an introduction about CREATIVITY. I … Continued

Fun Fact Friday – COLOMBIA

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Hello readers, and happy Friday! I’ve decided to start a new blog segment called “Fun Fact Friday” where I bring you trivial, insights, and nuggets of information about a certain topic. For our first FFF, I’ve selected Colombia as the … Continued

CHECKOUT LANE – A Re-Introduction to My Readers, including those already following Kathryn and our new followers

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Hello, readers! So many exciting things have been happening lately; as a result, I’ve been so busy posting updates without remembering that my social media audience is growing right along there with my readership. Every day, more people come to … Continued

Backyard Volcano

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Kathryn’s anthology of short stories, Backyard Volcano and Other Mysteries of the Heart, has just been released by Alamo Bay Press!!! To order, please visit: www.amazon.com Other books by Kathryn Lane: Waking Up in Medellin, a Nikki Garcia Thriller Despertando en Medellín (en Español) Coming soon: Coyote … Continued

Despertando en Medellín

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  Pen-L Publishers released Despertando en Medellín, the Spanish translation of Waking Up in Medellin, to coincide with the 1st year anniversary of the publication of my first novel in the Nikki Garcia Thriller Series. The English version won a … Continued

Nikki’s Gastronomic Encounters

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Nikki’s Gastronomic Encounters   As promised in last week’s blog, here are recipes from Nikki’s Colombian odyssey, in case you’re curious to taste arepas and bandeja paisa.   For those of you with more refined palettes who want to savor … Continued

Stuffed Arepas or Viudas?

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Stuffed Arepas or Viudas? After the launch of my debut novel, Waking Up in Medellin, the first book in the Nikki Garcia Thriller Series, I’ve visited book clubs to speak about Nikki’s escapades in Medellin. A few readers have mentioned … Continued


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A friend described Universal Studios in Orlando as a “watershed of American culture”. Ignoring his sarcasm, I still wanted to see Harry Potter’s world and experience fire-breathing dragons, and simulated rides. And Potter’s world of fantasy proved well worth tolerating … Continued

Whitman, themes repeated

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It’s appropriate to write another Walt Whitman piece this month since May 31 will be the 197th anniversary of his birth. Bruce Noll is a poet, writer, professor, and friend who performs PURE GRASS, a dramatic program he composed using … Continued

Walt Whitman’s birthday celebration!

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Montgomery County Literary Arts Council celebrates the anniversary of Walt’s birthday. The theme this year ~ Walt Whitman – the First Hippie The event coincided with the theme of the recently published anthology of poetry, Far Out – Poems of … Continued

Best Female Characters in Literature

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Elizabeth Bennet -Pride and Prejudice  Natasha Rostova -War and Peace  Jane Eyre -Jane Eyre Anna Karenina- Anna Karenina Lady Macbeth -Macbeth Hester Prynne -The Scarlet Letter Becky Sharp -Vanity Fair Catherine Earnshaw -Wuthering Heights Marianne Dashwood -Sense and Sensibility Scout … Continued

San Antonio Book Festival

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San Antonio Book Festival Fun, great place with wonderful fans and book lovers Jasmine as she stands with me after making the first paperback purchase of my newly released novel.   Jasmine commented she was drawn to the booth because … Continued

Waking Up in Medellin (Now on Sale)

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  I want to let everyone know Kathryn’s novel is now available, but let me tell you about myself first. A few of you already know me. For those of you who don’t, let me introduce myself—I’m Toucal, a toucan … Continued

Waking Up in Medellín

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Setting the Scene Nikki Garcia is on assignment in Colombia, South America, investigating allegations of wrongdoing. Listen in to her phone conversation with Theya, administrative assistant to Sr. Del Campo: Excerpt from the Book “I’m so glad you called,” Theya … Continued

Name That Baby

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Name That Baby . . . names are important names identify names can be powerful   When it comes to naming novels, unique and specific names add context to a book cover and create more appeal for potential readers.   … Continued

Ever attended a Mexican wedding?

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Like weddings in India whose rituals are totally mysterious to the westerner, Mexican weddings can baffle people unfamiliar with the intricate customs and traditions of the culture. Read “My Daughter’s Hand” on the Short Story page of this website to … Continued

Begin in the Middle

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I recently attended a party of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Tribe, a band of women who love adventure travel, who gathered to discuss plans for the next big, daring escapade. The Sisterhood is an evolving community of sixteen women … Continued

Why the name “Barefoot Park”

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Barefoot Park, the novel, takes its name from Parque de los Pies Descalzos or Barefoot Park, located in Medellin, Colombia. Nikki Martinez, the protagonist who is an American woman temporarily working in Medellin, visits the park with Eduardo Duarte, a … Continued

Kathryn’s Facebook Page

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Please go to my Facebook page “Kathryn Lane Writer” and Like my page! Will be keeping you posted on the status of the book there and here on my web page.  

Why Would I Write Fiction

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Why Would I Write Fiction       Can you imagine a world without fiction?  No Jane Austins, no Anton Chekhovs, no Stephen Kings. Fictional characters can be larger than life, such as Mrs. Dalloway from Virginia Woolf’s novel of … Continued