Kathryn is a mystery writer, playwright, screenwriter, and professor. Her debut, Foal Play, won the Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel competition. Murder on the Hoof and Neighing with Fire (Pacific Book Awards Finalist in Suspense, Library of Virginia Literary Award Nominee) are the second and third books in the Colleen McCabe series (St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur) set on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Her plays are published in The Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2014 (Smith & Kraus, Inc.), The Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2011 (Smith & Kraus, Inc.) and Plays of the Dramathon (The Theatre Lab).


Kathryn conducted extensive research on Broadway and silver screen actress and playwright Mae West (1893-1980) for her full-length play, MAE (performed at Carnegie Mellon University and Flashpoint’s Mead Theatre Lab, Washington, DC), and combined her love of mysteries and knowledge of Mae West in her short story, He Done Her Wrong (published in Charlaine Harris Presents Malice Domestic 12: Mystery Most Historical, Wildside Press, 2017).


She is the creator/writer/producer of the multi-award winning and internationally viewed Western series, Thurston (Amazon), and recipient of the Mary Marlin Fisher Playwriting Award, an American Association of University Women Educational Foundation playwriting grant, a Shubert Fellowship, and a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Playwriting. She was twice named Faculty of the Year at Northern Virginia Community College. She is currently working on a documentary film with her filmmaker husband.


Her interest in mysteries began with reading Nancy Drew books in elementary school and her interest in death and its causes began when she dissected a cadaver as a gifted science high school student.


She has earned degrees in psychology from Boston College, Loyola University Maryland, and Hofstra University and an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, The Dramatists Guild, Romance Writers of America, and other professional writing organizations. Kathryn lives in Virginia with her husband, a filmmaker and licensed private investigator, and their tabby rescue cat.