Motherhood & Words

Last week, I interviewed Beth Kephart and wrote about how much her writing has meant to me over the years. That’s one of the things I do here, of course–I write about and interview authors I admire. I describe how their work has affected me and changed the way I see and write the world.

But today, as part of my blog book tour for Ready for Air, I’m honored to say that Beth has written about me, about my work. Please check out her lovely post. Thank you, Beth, for your kind words and for that gorgeous photo, which sends my heart into my throat.

* And don’t forget to comment here by this Friday, October 11th, for a chance to win a copy of Beth’s Handling the Truth.

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I have been teaching creative writing for almost twenty years. Reading about other women’s lives and experiences has expanded my world. To be able to walk in someone else’s shoes, whether it’s for a moment or an hour or a few days, is an incredible gift, providing me with insight into the human experience. It takes courage to write your truths, especially if it doesn’t seem as though anyone cares, as though anyone is listening. Let me tell you: your stories matter, I’m listening, and I’m here to help you find the heart of those truths, to get them down on the page, to craft them, and to send them out into the world. Together, we will change the world, one story at a time.


  1. Janine Kovac on October 8, 2013 at 11:41 am

    An editor (Anika Streitfeld) just recommended this book to me yesterday!

    • Kate on October 8, 2013 at 12:04 pm

      You’ll love it, Janine.

  2. Angie Mizzell on October 8, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    I loved this line: “We see what it is—feel what it is—to be subject to so many unknowns, and we lean forward with Kate, hope for all that she hopes for, celebrate all she finally has to celebrate.”

    • Kate on October 8, 2013 at 12:23 pm

      I LOVE that, too.