Motherhood & Words

last day: within the words

Today is the last stop of my blog book tour, friends, and first I just want to thank all of you for tuning in and for checking out all the great blogs on the tour. And a huge thank you to all the wonderful bloggers for taking the time to read and write about Ready for Air! I’m so grateful.

I’m honored to have the tour wrap up at Nancy Schatz Alton’s wonderful blog, Within the Words.  I met Nancy when I was in Seattle on my in-person tour for Use Your Words in August of 2012. Donny and the girls and I had been on the road for three and a half weeks, and we were a little weary. But we couldn’t head home quite yet because my friend, the fabulous Bonnie J. Rough, had offered to host a salon for me in her new house.

I’d been talking and reading and meeting people for weeks, and I wasn’t sure I was my best self at that point. But as soon as I stepped into Bonnie’s house, I was filled with energy. How could I not be? I was surrounded by smart, interesting women–writers and mothers. As I filled my plate with delicious appetizers and poured myself a glass of wine, I met Nancy, and we started jabbering away. She was a writer, as well, a Minnesotan, a Macalester grad. After that night we connected on Facebook, and we’ve been keeping track of each other and our respective writing projects ever since. Nancy is the co-author of two holistic healthcare guides, and she also has been working on a motherhood memoir about watching her youngest daughter suffer from learning disabilities, an important story that I know will find representation soon. I love this post about rejection and dreaming and wanting it all.

About Ready for Air, Nancy writes:

Reading Ready for Air  is another avenue to healing. No, I didn’t experience preeclampsia, premature birth, the NICU, or being homebound with a premature baby. None of this matters when reading Kate’s book. Her words transcend her experience and her experience becomes universal through her skilled hands. I cried as I finished reading the book, feeling both her transformation and my own transformation during different circumstances in my own life. This is what great memoir writing does: it helps us on our own paths in life, connecting us and making the road more bearable and more beautiful.

Thank you so much for words, Nancy, for reading and sharing my book with your friends. And I can’t wait to one day celebrate the publication of your book here at Motherhood & Words!

Please check out Nancy’s blog here, my friends. And thank you always for reading!


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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. Sue on November 6, 2013 at 10:06 am

    I love Nancy’s words: “This is what great memoir writing does: it helps us on our own paths in life, connecting us and making the road more bearable and more beautiful.” That comes from intimate writing like yours Kate where we feel we know you, you are a trusted friend and guide along the way.

    • Kate on November 7, 2013 at 7:17 am

      Thank you so much, Sue!

  2. Angie Mizzell on November 6, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    A wonderful post to wrap things up. I’m kind of sad we’re at the end. Sniff. I hope Ready for Air continues to “float” — I just know people will read and recommend and continue to be drawn in by your story.

    • Kate on November 7, 2013 at 7:17 am

      Thank you, Angie! I hope so, too!! xox