I write because I can’t imagine not writing. But it isn’t the only thing I am passionate about. I read obsessively. I’m an avid movie fan. Most importantly, I am passionate about friends and family. Spending time with girlfriends is much more of a priority to me than when I was younger. I didn’t seem to need the camaraderie of other women in my youth, but in this phase of my life I find them to be one of my greatest sources of inspiration and joy. Girlfriends have become as important as family!
When raising my children I emphasized that family would always be there when it mattered, when no one else bothered to stick around, when nobody at all would seem to care… family would. And I believe that. If you build your family to be a fortress against any storm, then when the rains hit, they’ll open an umbrella over your head – and feed you cookies. So important… those cookies!
This leads me to another passion – cooking. Baking. Religiously watching food network stars. Discussing and eating scrumptious savory and sweet things. When friends and family visit our mountain house I not only feed them, I languish them with libations. I nurture those I love because it’s a passion of mine. Nothing is more bonding than conversations over food and drink!
I am also passionate about God and nature…. the two of which are never far apart. He is everywhere on my morning walk through the high desert. God is the brook babbling beside me. He is the birds squawking in the trees, the frogs sitting beside the pond, the lizards that scurry by. I inhale the scent of juniper and fir, and know God is there among the trees. I see His glory right outside my window multiple times a day… in the sunrise reflected off the mountains, in the magnificent sunsets at dusk, in the full moon staring me straight in the eye outside my bedroom at 3am. On a clear night I look up at the sky and am in awe of every constellation God sprinkled over my head.
This past winter I saw the hand of God in the snow that fell, first in big fluffy flakes and then in hard pounding sleet, and in every condition between. It did this up to 30 inches in one fell swoop, and I was thrilled! No complaints from this mountain girl! Nothing screams God more than viewing his mobile artistry. It occurs to me when watching the heavens rain snow upon the desert floor that no two snowflakes are alike… and no two people are alike. Snowflakes and people are both here but a nanosecond in time, clumsily darting about as we traverse a path from conception to completion.
I lost a close friend to cancer recently. She was a gifted writer. It’s still hard to imagine life without her. Like a weightless carefree snowflake, her nanosecond is over. But when the wind stirs through the junipers I close my eyes and hear her whisper. I feel the warmth of her love enfold me like the morning sun. At night, when I stare up into the heavens I fully believe she is peeking around a star, her eyes twinkling at me contentedly. She lived a full life, but wasn’t ready to leave it. God had other plans, as He often does, and so she lost her hard fought battle.
As for me and my nanosecond of a journey, until I melt away like a weightless snowflake… I will treasure every minute of my dance upon the wind.
Kathryn Mattingly has always had a passion for writing. A handful of her short fiction pieces have received recognition for excellence and are included in her short story collection, Fractured Hearts. Her literary suspense novels include Benjamin (which won an award as a manuscript), Journey, Olivia’s Ghost, and The Tutor.
Kathryn’s writing is inspired by real-life events and places she has lived or traveled. Prior to signing a contract with Winter Goose Publishing her work appeared in numerous small press anthologies and print magazines.
As a senior editor at Possibility Media Group, Kathryn had over 30 interviews, book reviews, and articles published promoting artists, authors, and entrepreneurs in the Sacramento, CA area until leaving to establish her own editorial service for fiction manuscripts and memoirs.
In addition to earning a bachelor of arts from University of Oregon and a master of arts from Pacific U, Kathryn has studied writing under multiple New York Times best selling authors, receiving certificates of completion for several advanced courses in fiction. Her mentors have included Terry Brooks, Dorothy Allison, Elizabeth George, John Saul, and Gail Tsukiyama.
During her tenure at two private colleges, Kathryn taught numerous writing courses and was a Program Chair. She coordinated and ran the annual Northern Colorado Writer’s Top of the Mountain conference, and has been an ongoing judge for the Harvest Festival literary contest in Bend, OR, through the local Writers Guild. Kathryn was a reader/judge for the annual Pacific Northwest Writer’s conference contest for many years.
Currently, she creates and teaches courses for the Continuing Ed Program at Central Oregon Community College, including Novel Writing: Fiction & Memoir, The Art of The Short Story, How to Get Traditionally Published, Writing Powerful Prose, and Creating Memorable Characters. Kathryn lives on the High Desert in Central Oregon. When not teaching writing or penning her next novel, she is nurturing friends and family, and enjoying nature.
Benjamin is a story of love and faith, wrought with all the complications and complexities thereof….
“The quality of the writing and the story is in J.K. Rowling’s league and I’m certain if the author were already famous, this would be on the bestseller lists.”
BV Review from Great Britain
“Compelling and intelligent, her characters are imbued with a timely sense of presence and emotional gravitas, which adds significantly to the plausibility of a plot that is well constructed. Mattingly not only wants to entertain her readers, but encourage them to reflect upon the peculiar circumstances of her characters, whilst her use of universal tropes fuels intrigue and the desire to discover the true origin of Benjamin’s gift.”
Fractured Hearts is not for the faint of heart…
“If you are looking for short stories that go beyond the ordinary, delve into mysterious pasts and leave you questioning the power of the human psyche, this collection is for you. If you are a hopeless romantic – welcome to the darker side of love.”
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From the Editor of Writer’s Digest in reference to award winning short story Cheating Paradise: “This year’s contest attracted close to 18,000 entries. Your success in the face of such formidable competition speaks highly of your writing talent, and should be a source of great pride as you continue in your writing career.”
From Liz Engstrom Cratty -Publisher of TripleTree Publishing: “Kathryn Mattingly’s fiction has always shown great depth of character and emotion, with simple, yet clever plots. Her characters live and breathe in my mind for a long time after reading about them. I hope she keeps writing short stories and novels forever.”
From James A. Beach -Editor of Dark Discoveries Magazine: “Kathryn’s Half Moon Cay is wonderful and very moving. Her stories make me feel as if I am there. Skyward (read at Powell’s bookstore) and Light of the Moon from Ghost Writers are also great stories.
From the fall issue of Dark Discoveries – review of Ghosts at the Coast by Jonathan Reitan: “Kathryn Mattingly’s Morney in the anthology Ghosts at the Coast stands out as being superb and highly original.”
From Tracy Saville -Editor in Chief of Leading Possibilities Magazine: “Kathryn Mattingly’s writing has an elevated literary aesthetic, a kind of obvious writerly quality that critics point to as gold standard.”
“Another great Kathryn Mattingly novel. Vibrant emotional storytelling that really connects the reader to the characters.” WGP Editor-in-Chief AMAZON REVIEW
“Journey is about truth and lies…”
“This book makes you think. This book is what literature is all about…”
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Mattingly deftly pulls the reader into a tale of motherhood forestalled, motherhood denied, obsession, and unlimited love that quickly builds to a complex of conflicting motives playing out against the brilliant backdrop of the Hawaiian landscape. James Benton, Award-winning author of Sailor
“Like the ocean she paints perfectly, Mattingly crushes you with tragedy and keeps you turning the page with a glimmer of hope.” Eva Huett, author of Elided and Dominion
Amazing book, incredible author….
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“From the first pages, Olivia’s Ghost plunges the reader into a maelstrom of powerful emotions and a heart-rending mystery.” Rene Villard Reed, Author of Finding the Magic
“An intricate story of determination, Mattingly has woven a tale with complex, relatable characters that you can both love and agonize with.” Amy Rivers, Author of Best Laid Plans and Other Disasters, and All The Broken People
A beautiful story of a woman’s journey to empowerment…
“A lyrical and suspenseful tale of escape and renewal. ”
“Love, betrayal & paradise – what more could you want?”
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In her trademark descriptive style, Mattingly paints a vibrant world of crystalline beaches, colorful people, and a vivacious culture. She is an artist at character development and giving the reader an adventure-filled story… Sarah Reichart, author of the Destiny paranormal romance series
By turns harrowing and heartwarming, this romantic thriller showcases the worst and best of humanity—as well as the myriad complexities that lie between. The Tutorfeatures gripping questions unanswered until the final pages… Eldon Thompson, WGA screenwriter and author of Fantasy trilogies The Legend of Asahiel & Warder
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