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Southern California, by the beach
About Me:
As a pre-teen, I had two passions: Nancy Drew mysteries and Pralines ’n Cream ice cream. So it was perhaps inevitable that I grew up to write a series called the Fat City Mysteries.

My stories are set in Durham, North Carolina, the self-proclaimed “Diet Capital of the World.” And like my journalist sleuth, Kate Gallagher, I understand the Battle of the Bulge all too well. I once lost 90 pounds to land a job on camera as a TV reporter. And even today, I avoid the street that goes past 31 Flavors.

The first book in the Fat City Mysteries series is Dying to Be Thin, was published in October 2007 by Signet/Obsidian. It’s a story about dieting, sex and murder set in a residential diet clinic (read: “fat farm”). In this clinic, the only things more dangerous than the food are the fondue forks…
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Reader, Writer, Editor
Books And Authors I Like:
Currently I'm on a Stephen King kick.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Vertigo, Rear Window, The Sixth Sense, CSI Miami


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Take the poll: What made you buy your last book, and where did you buy it?

What makes you decide on a particular book to purchase? A review? Word of mouth? A blog post? And where did you buy your last book?

Visit the polls over at Book Buzz and cast your vote!…


Posted on November 12, 2009 at 9:40am — 3 Comments

How I spent my summer vacation (dodging bullets in Chicago)

Okay, I didn't literally dodge any bullets. But it felt like I did last week when I was in Chicago, getting my daughter settled into art school. Read rest of post.

Posted on September 8, 2009 at 3:25pm

Planting red herrings

A reviewer once said of one of my books, "Lilley has cornered the market in red herrings." Read more...

Posted on August 4, 2009 at 8:30pm

Crazy-writer Deadline Syndrome (CDS)

I recently sent a note of apology to someone who had requested information from me. I had been extremely remiss with this person--Continued

Posted on July 29, 2009 at 12:00am

Notes from Thrillerfest '09

Just returned from my first Thrillerfest in NYC. It was fantastic! You can read my notes at the Kill Zone http://tinyurl.com/nayvwg

Posted on July 14, 2009 at 4:00pm

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At 1:41am on September 25, 2010, David Ray Williams said…
I'm glad to meet you as well. I read The Kill Zone daily and enjoy your posts. I'm new at this mystery writing business and find all the posts on TKZ extremely helpful. I'm looking forward to reading your books. They should arrive from Amazon this week. Have a great day!
At 1:58pm on July 25, 2010, cj forrest said…
I found your video blog post on anorexia both informative and interesting. Thank you
At 5:04am on December 22, 2008, Sheri Fresonke Harper said…
I hope you have a merry Christmas and happy holiday season :) Sheri
At 8:06am on December 5, 2008, Angela said…
Yes, "Sookie" is that adorable! Thanks for adding me. I found you by accident trying to figure out if anyone else accepted a certain friend request (just making sure it wasn't spam). Incidentally, I saw your book covers here and plan to try them out! Looks like something I'd really enjoy.
At 7:30am on November 27, 2008, Beth Groundwater said…
Hi Kathryn,
Thanks for befriending this fellow mystery author!
At 3:20am on August 10, 2008, pam ward said…
Hello Kathryn
Just a note to let you know that my new novel, BAD GIRLS BURN SLOW is here! Here is the first review.

A great suspenseful erie read. Pam Ward really mixed it up with wicked kids, poisoning middle age wenches, funeral director's hiding secrets. Its all here in a hair raising hoot of a book. Everything you can sell off a human body is stuffed in. A wild, Lolita read.-Miss Fiction, Los Angeles, CA
At 5:10am on July 16, 2008, Doug M. Cummings said…
Should we start a blog/association/support group/Fortune 500 company for "Broadcast Reporters Who Kill?" Seriously, I keep running into other reporters who write mystery/suspense.
So you don't have to check my profile, twenty-five years covering crime for TV/Radio, most recently at WGN... Delete Comment
At 3:13am on February 18, 2008, L.J. Sellers said…
Hello Kathryn
I've heard great things about your book. It's a pleasure to meet you. And I'm delighted to see Stephen King on your list. He seems underappreciated by other writers.
At 10:12am on February 4, 2008, John Boundy said…
Kathryn...Love your page! Really enjoyed Mr Grisham's interview...Hope you don't mind, I'm going to reach out to the DallasBookDiva...Thank you...Gonna listen to your download here in a bit...Keep up the great work!
At 5:33am on January 22, 2008, pam ward said…
Hi. Love your themes. I'm an LA girl who rode my bike to the beach but lived near Fairfax. I am interested in the group sister in crime. How do I join?
pam ward, author, WANT SOME GET SOME and the forthcoming BAD GIRLS BURN SLOW

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