KATHRYN JENSEN lives in Maryland, happily sandwiched between two of the most exciting cities in North America—Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. But the Mid-Atlantic hasn’t always been home. The many places in which she’s lived—including Italy, Texas, Connecticut and Massachusetts—as well as others visited, have inspired over 40 novels of adventure, romance, and mystery beloved by readers of all ages.
Her books have hit Waldenbooks bestseller lists, been nominated for the esteemed Agatha Christie Award and honored by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Reluctant Readers. She has served as a judge on the Edgar Allan Poe Award Committee and continues her advocacy for literacy among children and adults.
While living in Europe as a young military wife, Kathryn’s appetite for exotic destinations was whetted, and she has ever since loved to travel with her characters to foreign lands. Before turning to writing full-time, she worked as an elementary school teacher, a department store sales associate, a bank clerk and a dance teacher. She still teaches writing to adult students through Long Ridge Writers’ Group and the Institute of Children’s Literature, correspondence schools that instruct in the craft of fiction and nonfiction for publication. She loves to share her three decades of experience in publishing with new writers.
Today she lives with her husband on the outskirts of the nation’s capital and visits her grown children and granddaughter as often as she can. Kathryn spends most of her summers aboard Purr, their classic Pearson 32’ sailboat, cruising the Chesapeake Bay. When book deadlines loom, she keeps on writing on her laptop while hubby trims the sails. Their two cats, Tempest and Miranda (named in honor of Shakespeare’s final play and its heroine), generally prefer to remain on land, although their mistress can’t understand why!
Kathryn is a member of the Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, Novelists Inc., and Sisters in Crime. Some of her favorite places to “get away from it all” are a guest house in Bermuda, called Granaway, once owned by a Russian Princess, and St. Thomas, in the gorgeous Virgin Islands. Ahhhh! Now if those aren’t amazing backdrops for a romance, what is?