Meet my friend, Kathryn Magendie, a novelist, poet and editor/publisher of the Rose & Thorn e-zine. I first met Kathryn a few years ago when I had a short piece of fiction accepted in the magazine. It was only the second story I’d published so I was pretty excited.
The magazine assigned me an editor who was quick to introduce herself via e-mail. Her note had links to her author web page so I poked around a bit, admiring her poetry and prose and the pictures she had posted and . . . “Hey wait a minute! That mountain looks familiar!” It was a moment I’ll never forget. I can still remember how all those sudden goose bumps felt as I discovered that Kathryn lived in the same small town where I’d just bought a vacation cabin—four states and a thousand miles away. Talk about your Twilight Zone moments!
It makes sense that we became friends. We get together every time I’m up in the mountains, which for me, is far too seldom. But I get to visit vicariously through Kathryn’s frequent blogs and facebook posts. And I get to experience her wonderfully quirky sense of humor, her unique way of putting words together and her genuine optimism toward life.
Of course Kathryn’s book Sweetie spoke to me on a personal level! Sweetie is a moving story about an unlikely friendship between two girls growing up in the Appalachians. Yep . . . it’s set in those very mountains that brought Kathryn and I together.
But before I get too far ahead of myself, I’m going to end this particular post, leaving you with just a tiny taste of what’s to come. See, I’m participating in Darcy Pattison’s Random Acts of Publicity week. So I’ll be sharing more of Kathryn and Sweetie over the next four days. In the meantime, feel free to pay her a visit–up into the cool, crisp mountain air, up to where Melissa and Sweetie first met. Just poke Writing from my Mountain in the links to the right.
And tune in tomorrow to find out more about these two young girls and the fabulous writer who breathed them to life.