Kate Dolan

About me

Kate Dolan writes award-winning historical fiction and romance under her own name and children’s books and contemporary mysteries under the name K.D. Hays. A professional writer since 1992, Kate has written everything from legal analysis to a weekly newspaper column on religion. She holds a degree in English, history and drama from The Catholic University of America and a law degree from The University of Richmond, but prefers to work with kids rather than lawyers because the former are generally better behaved. Originally from Chicago, she now lives outside Baltimore with her husband, son, daughter and way too many pets. When she’s not writing, you can find her coaching jump rope, demonstrating 18th Century cooking and laundry techniques, driving a carpool somewhere or walking a handful of dogs.

From my website

Chores I will Never Do

Servants on Downton Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs may have hard lives, but they rarely seem to work hard. A real servant’s life had a lot less drama and a lot more work. On her first day as a maid in 1925, Rose Plummer did more than I do in a…

Scary tails for Halloween

Halloween decorations often include rats – all fake, fortunately. While I love the “Dead Mouse Theater” commercials, I don’t think I’d want to see Dead Rat Theater, at least not up close. Those long slimy-looking tails creep me out. And I’m not alone – rats are almost universally feared and…

Consider the Fork

It would have been very easy to set the table in the early 1600s. Guests wore their own knives to the table, and forks were only used as cooking tools in the kitchen, so they would not be laid out on the table either. Except in Italy. At about that…

 
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