Motherhood & Words

publication day and skype contest

Well, today is the official release date for Ready for Air. It seems unreal, but there you have it. Of course I’ve written about my struggles to get this book out into the world. And yet, here I am, with my first review under my belt. And I want you to know that I couldn’t have done it without all of you in my life, reading this blog, supporting me and sharing your own words, heartbreaks, triumphs. I’m so grateful for you, for this community. Thank you!!

And as a way to say thank you, I want to come to your book club! The University of Minnesota Press is coordinating a Ready for Air Skype Book Club Contest.  For your chance to win one of three Skype book club visits, please e-mail with the subject line “Ready for Air Book Club Contest,” and include a few sentences about why you’d like me visit your book club via Skype (or, if you’re in the Twin Cities, in person). Contest deadline: October 31st.

Thank you again, my friends, for accompanying me on this journey!


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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. Gillian Marchenko on October 1, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Congratulations Kate!

    • Kate on October 1, 2013 at 4:34 pm

      Thank you, dear Gillian!

  2. Andrea on October 1, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Congratulations, Kate! I’m loving the book. So honest and beautiful (and funny…somehow you manage to be funny amid all that trauma). I stayed up too late reading it and took it with me to the beach this weekend. Can’t wait to get back to it!

    • Kate on October 1, 2013 at 4:34 pm

      Oh thank you, Andrea. That means the world to me!!

  3. Sue on October 1, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Yahoo!!! Savour the day. Love the skype book club idea.

    • Kate on October 1, 2013 at 4:34 pm

      Thank you, Sue! I just had a pedicure! Whoop!

  4. Julia Fierro on October 1, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Congratulations, Kate! You are an inspiration.

    • Kate on October 2, 2013 at 8:56 am

      Thank you so much, Julia!

  5. Carin on October 2, 2013 at 3:20 am

    Congratulations kate! So pleased for you!

    • Kate on October 2, 2013 at 9:00 am

      Thank you so much, Carin!