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 my blog page on my website or my Facebook page and have to take a crash course in the subject of ‘Who on Earth Exactly is this Woman Kathryn Lane?’
So, I thought I’d take a moment to introduce myself to our new readers, and provide a refresher primer on me for longtime fans.
“Okay, I’ll bite: Who on earth exactly IS this woman Kathryn Lane??”
In a nutshell, I went from being a young starving artist working in oil painting to a senior financial executive at Johnson & Johnson to a novelist.
As a child, I dreamed of traveling the world. That dream became reality when I worked for J&J; my career there helped allow me to travel to 92 countries in 20 years.
During those years, I often associated significant world events to the location I happened to be in. For example, as the Berlin Wall (Nov 1989) came down, I was doing a job in New Zealand; Nelson Mandela was released from prison (Feb 1990) when I was in Barbados; during the first attack on the World Trade Center (Feb 1993) I was flying from Brazil to NYC, and during the second attack on the World Trade Center (Sept 2001) I was working in Argentina; and the space shuttle Columbia (Feb 2003) disintegrated as I was flying from Miami to the Dominican Republic – I heard a sonic boom and thought our plane had blown an engine. Instead it was the tragic event of the shuttle.
My travels also formed the basis of many great memories, such as the pyramids at Giza in Egypt; Lhasa, Tibet and its Buddhist temples; Xi’an, China and the Terra Cotta Soldiers; Cambodia and the Angkor Wat; the Amazon in Brazil; the Beagle Channel in southern Argentina; and the glaciers in both Switzerland and Argentina. The sites in Italy, England, and Spain are too numerous to mention. The list goes on forever.
“Wait a minute; you went from International Financial Executive to Novelist? What prompted that?”
My entire life, I have loved the arts, especially great literature. My earliest memories are ones of me daydreaming and having a need to tell tales, the more vivid the better. “Real life” compelled me to get into the field of accounting in order to pay the bills, but I always envisioned I’d return to the arts one day.
During my career with Johnson & Johnson, I had the fortune to partake in international corporate affairs; as a result, I have a strong love for other cultures – particularly India, Egypt, Guatemala, China, Colombia, and Turkey.
My love for Colombia prompted me to create the character of Nikki Garcia and to have her wake up one fateful day in Medellin, Colombia. Steeling myself against the unknown, I took early retirement from J&J and disciplined myself to turn my ideas into written words.
And the rest, as they say, is history…
“So I keep hearing about Waking Up in Medellin. What’s it about?”
Waking Up in Medellin is a mystery/thriller novel with a dash of suspense and a little romance. It is published by Pen-L Publishing based in Arkansas. The protagonist is Nikki Garcia, an Hispanic woman who comes from Minneapolis, Minnesota, and who works for a multinational corporation that sends her to Colombia to investigate allegations of fraud.
Once in Colombia, she discovers a whole lot more, including a sinister plot that possibly involves murder, a love interest, and the knowledge that her investigation has led to her own life being in danger.
“What else? Don’t leave me hanging!”
Well, there is indeed more. I’ve extended my audience with a Spanish translation of the novel, titled Despertando en Medellin, available soon. Furthermore, two sequels for WUIM have been ordered by the publisher. Nikki will continue her adventures in Coyote Zone, a new novel that takes place in Mexico and has her going undercover in the horrendous world of human trafficking.
The third novel in the Nikki Garcia Thriller Series is currently being written. I don’t want to give too much away about it yet, but I WILL tell you it takes place in Barcelona, Spain, and it deals with terrorism.
Each of these novels is a joy to research and write. I strive to include cultural details of each setting, including local foods, trivia and tidbits of interest, and historical facts woven into each story.
“Are there stories that DON’T involve Nikki Garcia?”
Backyard Volcano was recently released, and it contains mostly stories from the US/Mexico border. It was a fun book to write, and I know you’ll find it a fun book to read, with everything from humor to ghost stories to romance to romance-gone-awry. An example? It includes a story about a motorcyclist who encounters ghosts from the past in New Mexico; another story tells of humorous misunderstandings in a cross-cultural marriage between a New Yorker and a traditional Hispanic girl from Santa Fe. And the title of the book comes from the main story, which presents to the reader the Paricutin Volcano in Mexico as seen from the backyard of the Bustamante family in a nearby town. The family secrets, as discovered by the granddaughter, are as volatile as volcanic eruptions.
“So, like, authors seem to be REAL people…”
We are! I love what I do. I write to entertain; I love mysteries with all their twists and turns, and I have a particular soft spot for whodunits. My husband, Bob Hurt, and I love to travel. On more than one occasion, we’ve traveled to places I need to research. Bob gets a vacation and I get to work! That’s so I can accurately convey the quirks and histories of the locales I put in my novels.
I love hearing from you, my readers! Please continue to follow me on my social media pages on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Drop me a message or an email, and be sure to introduce me to your friends. The more the merrier!
Until next time,