Kate's Bio

Kate & Marie
Kate McMurry and her daughter and coauthor, Marie August
I was born and raised in small-town Missouri and have lived as an adult in California, New York, France, Georgia, Northern Virginia and Florida. I am married with two grown children, and I share my empty nest with a wonderful husband. I have an undergraduate degree in sociology and political science, and I completed graduate studies in English education, creative writing and counseling psychology. I've taught in the public schools, at the college and university levels, and in private seminars, and I've worked as a family therapist, a business consultant, and a paralegal. During many decades as a freelance writer I’ve produced hundreds of articles and in-house training documents on the subjects of parenting, education, health and healing, the environment, business and legal issues, computer software use, and fiction writing. In addition, I’ve published poetry, and I am a Top 500 and Vine Reviewer on Amazon.

I have written as a team with my daughter, Marie August, since 2006 (though our first collaboration was a humorous take on the Medusa myth in 1996 when Marie was in sixth grade). Our first novel, Girl vs Ghost, a contemporary, young-adult, romantic-comedy fantasy, is available now in paperback, hardcover and in ebook format. Girl vs Ghost is Book 1 in the Misdirected Magic trilogy. Book 2 will be released in 2013, and Book 3 will follow.