Meet Katherine

1I remember when I turned eighteen I had a choice to make. I could keep my childhood dream as just that—a childhood dream, or I could pursue writing. I found my answer in a public speaking class when I was assigned to write and give a speech on my identity. The catch—choose one word to describe yourself. One word sprang into my head before the professor finished recounting the assignment. “Writer.” After I gave my speech a week later, my choice was made.

I have tried to fulfill that mystical word of “writer” for the last four years. In those years, I have committed myself to writing in various forms. I have published two historical romance novellas: In Her Dreams (Harlequin Australia’s Escape Publishing) and Love Amidst the Egyptian Sands (Red Sage Publishing). I have published historical short stories twice in The Copperfield Review, The Rusty Nail, and The Enchanted File Cabinet.

5And let’s not forget the labor of love so many writers find in poetry. I have poetry credits in Tipton Poetry Journal, From the Depths, Nazar Look, WestWard Quarterly, Eye on Life Magazine, Literary Juice, BuckOff Magazine, and many others. I published my first poetry collection with Nazar Look, entitled Passages of Love, and I am working hard on my second collection, which I call Mosaic. I also work on the upkeep for my poetry website, “Katherine Givens: Poetry with wings.”

Additionally, I am a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA) and New Jersey Romance Writers (NJRW). I served two years as the PYHIAB Contest Coordinator for the NJRW. I hold a B.A. in History from Stockton University, and I currently attend Drexel University for my M.S. degree. In 2015, I received a Stockton Board of Trustees Fellowship through Stockton University for my project entitled “The Value of Historical Accuracy in Creative Writing: Grounding a Historical Romance Novel in Primary Source Research.”

6I consider myself successful at writing for my age. However, I find myself in the same place when I was eighteen. I have a choice to make. Recently, I have asked myself, “Are you serious about your writing?” The answer, “yes.” My next question took more time to consider. “What is it you want to write?” I am coming to an answer. I have always wanted to write novels, but I have never been entirely certain of what. Now, I know. I want to write historical romances still, but not the lighter fare I have published through In Her Dreams and Love Amidst the Egyptian Sands. I want to write dark, mysterious, and romantic stories—and I have four manuscripts in the works.

In the meantime, I am intent on short stories in line with those three words: dark, mysterious, and romantic. I will be publishing those as I complete my four manuscripts. I write whenever I can steal a moment, because the words are always dancing within my head.

And, were you wondering what happened when I gave my speech in my public speaking class all those years ago? Before I had written and published anything? I teared up at the conclusion, and so did a few other eyes in that classroom. That was when I made my decision to be a “writer” in every sense of the word, and that moment drives me to never stop.

Now, let candlelight guide you through my shadows…and into my stories.