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

Back-to-school – why now?

“Back-to-school” is like a holiday time of year that isn’t a holiday. Like Christmas, we can feel it coming every year, and it requires preparation. Even those not living by a school calendar can sense a change in the air and experience the increase in busyness that comes with the…

Moving at Oxen Speed

Although I greatly enjoy traveling by train, it can be frustrating.  A trip along the rails gives you “behind the scene” views of city and country life that you just don’t get from the highway.  But that intimate view comes at a price, one not measured in money but in…

Lessons of “Juneteenth”

In honor of “Juneteenth,” I’d started writing a blog post about a local African-American hero, Benjamin Banneker*. But then after I had most of it written and went to fill in details about Juneteenth, I realized I was completely wrong about the meaning of the day. SO, I’m writing about…

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