Kathryn & Bob
Award Winning Author, Kathryn was originally 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 attended the University of New Mexico. She became a CPA and a CMA and worked for a multinational corporation, Johnson and Johnson, 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 stories and novels inspired by Latin American cultures she experienced firsthand during her career as an international finance executive.
Kathryn’s debut novel, Waking Up in Medellín – the first book in the Nikki García Thriller series – was awarded the Silver Falchion by the Killer Nashville International Mystery Writers’ Conference for the Best Fiction Book of the Year–2017. At the same conference, she received a second Silver Falchion for the Best Suspense Novel-2017. Waking Up in Medellín was a finalist for Ind’tale Magazine’s RONE Award-2017.
The second book in the Nikki García Thriller series, Coyote Zone, won the Action Adventure category in Latino Books into Movies Awards competition for 2018. Coyote Zone was also a finalist in the Thriller category at the Killer Nashville International Mystery Writers’ Conference-2018.
Backyard Volcano and Other Mysteries of the Heart received the Silver Falchion for the Best Short Story Collection-2018 at the Killer Nashville International Mystery Writers’ Conference. In her short stories, Kathryn fuses fantasy and reality and incorporates symbolism and surrealism, elements which are often daily occurrences in Latin American life.
Kathryn was recognized by the Greater Conroe Arts Alliance with a Montie Award for her support of the arts. In addition, she has received two Paul Harris awards from the Rotary Club of The Woodlands, Texas, for her volunteer work in the community. Kathryn is a board member of the Montgomery County Literary Arts Council in Texas. She resides in Texas with her husband, Bob Hurt. When not writing, Kathryn pursues her love of travel to distant parts of the world, where she continues to draw inspiration for writing. She enjoys cooking and walking.
Organizations Kathryn belongs to include Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Writers’ League of Texas and Association of Writers and Writing Programs.