Kathy Otten is the mother of three grown children and one grandson. She lives in the open farm country of western NY with her husband of thirty-three years. The author of three historical romance novels and several short stories and novellas, Kathy is also teaches fiction writing and occasionally presents online workshops on various elements of writing craft. She enjoys long walks with her German Shepherd Max, through the fields and woods near her home. In the winter she likes to curl up with a good book and one or two of her five cats, while the snow blows outside. In between family, work and animals she can be found at her computer weaving stories of laughter, heartache, and love for the crazy cast of characters swirling around in her head.