California native Kate Curran/Kathy Coatney has spent long hours behind the lens of a camera, wading through rice paddies, dairies and orchards during her twenty-year career as a photojournalist specializing in agriculture. One day, while leaning on a corral fence, ankle deep in cow manure, Kate paused to consider if this was the life she’d envisioned when she’d been young and idealistic. Definitely not, and although she enjoyed her career as a photojournalist, she was ready to spread her wings and leap into something new—contemporary romances. With her roots in agriculture running four generations deep, it’s not surprising that her books carry an agriculture thread in them, some more than others.
Kate has always been a believer in jumping into the deep end of the pool and learning to swim later. She has applied this philosophy to mountain biking, cross-country skiing and even her venture into self-publishing.
In addition to her romance writing, Kate made a second leap into publishing. Under Kathy Coatney, she launched From the Farm to the Table, a series of nonfiction children’s picture books about agriculture. A second children’s series, The Adventures of Fisher the Wonder Dog, is in production.
Happily married for over thirty-five years, she and her husband have two grown sons, a new grandbaby and a menagerie of animals—a black lab who thinks she’s human, a house cat that looks part bobcat, and half a dozen cottontails that roam freely on her property.