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

Who Took the Wine out of the Symposium?

If someone invited me to a symposium I would assume I was slated to hear a bunch of academics giving far more detail about a topic than anyone, including the other academics, could possibly stand to hear. The very word itself sounds dry, dull and serious. Or it least it…

December History: Key West

This year everyone may be trying to find the perfect ugly Christmas sweater, but popular winter fashions certainly change with time. In Key West’s early days, the biggest businesses involved shipwrecks and sponges.  One winter about 150 years ago, instead of ugly Christmas sweaters or Santa hats, the women of…

Fat Knights and Mummy Peepholes: Why You Should See The Cool Stuff at The Met Even if You Don’t Like Art

I’d been avoiding it for years. Every time I visited New York someone was bound to suggest that I should see The Metropolitan Museum of Art, known to most people simply as “The Met.” I’ve enjoyed visiting art galleries in DC where they are free. So why should I pay…

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