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

What Does Your Spoon Say About You?

We may sometimes hesitate about which fork to use, but most of us don’t worry about our choice of spoon. That wasn’t always the case, however. In 1649, using the wrong spoon could get you killed, if the right person happened to notice.   Diners in the English court of…

Sightseeing from the bar stool

“I’m at the Historical Society,” I texted my husband during our recent trip to New York. “At the bar.” I probably didn’t need to tell him either of those things. In a city of over eight million people, where else would I be?  The New-York Historical Society was closed during…

Why do we make all graduates dress like dorks?

I was sitting in the auditorium waiting for my son’s high school graduation ceremony to start and wondering whether it would be bad form to keep writing this blog as they handed out the diplomas to the first half of the alphabet. I decided it was okay and was rewarded…

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