"Into the Fire"banner photo by Kate Thompson. 2008
About Kate and her Work
"I wish you'd stop telling men you have a single daughter." "Oh, he moved quickly." She raised her eyebrows and grinned. The Asteroid's Daughter and the Serpent Handler's Son a novella by Kate Thompson
Kate collects snippets of conversation, bits of true stories, photos and first names, letters and stray thoughts, and she files them away in her journals. Her findings often show up in her stories. In them, she examines intimacy, fleeting moments, and our place in the natural world
Kate E. Thompson is the author of the novel Bigfoot Hunters Never Lie. Summer 2014. TwoNewfs Publishing, The Asteroid's Daughter and the Serpent Handler's Son and Other Curious Stories, a novella and short story collection Fall 2014, a contributing author in New Halem Tales, a collection of stories from 5 NW Authors, TwoNewfs Publishing Summer 2014 and is currently working on the next novel, A Family of Forgetters (2015).
Kate is a 2008 Hedgebrook Writers in Residence alumna, has been a freelance journalist, editor, graphic designer, event planner, and bookstore owner. She and her best friends and muses, husband Charlie, goldendoodle Ali, and cat Mitzi, live outside of Seattle where they are surrounded by mountain ranges and the great Puget Sound.
Bigfoot Hunters Never Lie a novel by Kate E. Thompson Summer 2014. TwoNewfs Publishing
Noah Cathcart’s first 34 years have gone according to plan, his Dad's plan. Now Dad's retiring and it’s time for Noah to step up to the helm and take over the family business, the church his dad founded and built into a thriving ministry. Noah has it made. The church all but runs itself. He has a devoted wife, Grace -The Pin-up Girl of Pastor’s Wives, a precocious son, 2 dogs, one cat and a mortgage.
When Noah gets beaten and arrested while helping River Street, the homeless community the city is evicting, his life takes a turn and he begins to question the future he’s always imagined. Will he risk his life’s work, faith and family to find his own path?
The Asteroid's Daughter and the Serpent Handler's Son and Other Curious Stories
a novella and short story collection by Kate E Thompson Fall 2014. TwoNewfs Publishing
Astra Billings, New Halem's sheriff, doesn't like secrets. She wants her mother, Maggie, to give up the secret she's kept for the last thirty years. But Maggie isn't budging and until Astra convinces her to come out with the truth, Astra will remain the Alien her mother says she is. Maggie is more concerned about finding her daughter a good man. But Astra doesn't want a matchmaker mother. Astra doesn't need a man. She lives with her best friends, the Newfoundlands, Hey Girl and Good Boy. She likes her job, owns her home. She's happy. Happy enough.
The FishWrap Bugle has a new editor, Matthew Charles, and he's never set foot out of the state of Kentucky. He and his dog, Samson, along with the irritable cat, Bartholomew, are starting a new life in New Halem. A life that has no past, has no God or enemies or women. With his secrets two thousand miles behind him, he'll be happy enough.
When Astra meets Matthew, they set off on a journey where they learn the past has a way of coming full circle and the best laid plans go wrong. The world is so unpredictable. This journey will change theirs and in the end, they just might discover if happy enough is truly happy.
Read an Excerpt
The Asteroid's Daughter and the Serpent Handler's Son
“I saw your beach. I walked over there after lunch,” Matthew said. “Y’all have some big waves out here in Oregon.” Astra tilted her head, a slight smile. “I guess we-all do have some big waves.” “Yeah,” he said. She had an off-putting manner. Back home they’d call it rude... Read More
A Collection of Kate's Stories....
Who Cooks for You?
a true story by Kate Thompson
He flew on silent wings; one swoop and his talons grazed the top of her head. She didn't see him coming. She was walking down the forest path to her cabin after a hearty meal at the farmhouse. It was twilight, drizzly and she was alone. Before she thought to run, he went in for a second swipe. This time, she left sprinting and even though her cabin was closer, she ran back to the farmhouse to warn us... Read More
When Your Imaginary Dogs Drool
By Kate Thompson
“Hey Girl nudged Astra in the hip and Good Boy woofed. Astra sighed and she and Matthew looked down at the dogs. They’d gone for their leashes. They held them in their mouths. Their big friendly eyes, drool.” The Asteroid’s Daughter and the Serpent Handler’s Son
Hey Girl and Good Boy are Sheriff Astra Billings’ best friends. Together they tip the scale at 300 pounds. They are Newfoundland dogs, Newfies for short, and they live with Astra in my novella, “The Asteroid’s Daughter and the Serpent Handler’s Son.”
Gentle giants, and worthy of the name, Newfies make ideal companions. Of course, you remember Nana, the prim Newfoundland dog who, for the Darling family in J.M. Barrie’s, Peter Pan, proved to be a treasure of a nurse. That’s a stretch, but Peter Pan is fiction. The Newfoundland is a sweet dog, a work dog, a strong swimmer, brave and loyal. Did you know a Newfoundland survived the Titanic? This is true; and he didn’t take the lifeboat. He swam ahead and led survivors to safety. Read More
Mitzi leaps onto my desk when I least expect it. She head butts me and lays on her back under my desk, her paws curled, the pose that makes me pause and say, awe. Mitzi isn't the only cat in my life. Don't tell her. I have another who is rather surly. I doubt Mitzi would like him. His name is Bartholomew. He lives in my story, "The Asteroid's Daughter and the Serpent Handler's Son". newhalemtales.com. Whether she likes it or not, Mitzi did serve as inspiration. She is a cat, after all. Mitzi is a Norwegian Forest Cat. Well, we think she is. We rescued her from a shelter in Seattle, WA six years ago. She was adorable, that's all we knew then. The giant paws, hairy toes and ear tufts, we learned, are typical of the Norwegian Forest Cat. If climbing the Christmas tree is proof, she is one. We like to call her Miss Fluffy Pants. All that thick curly fur, you can imagine. A cold-weather cat, yet, she's never set a paw in snow. Her ancestors may have served as mousers on Viking Ships sailing for Norway. Mitzi has never seen a mouse, but I'm pretty sure she dreams about chasing them.
Kate Thompson is enthralled by treasure hunter stories and pirates, pioneer women, UFOs and Bigfoot. She's a contributing author in New Halem Tales Secrets, 13 Stories from 5 NW Authors, and is currently working on her second novel, Tied by Water, and researching a third.
At Goodreads:I'm in the process of entering in every book I own. So far I've entered 500+
At Shelfari, I only enter in books I want to read.
"Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive..."
from Crow and Weasel by Barry Lopez
Spider's Dreamcatcher. Photo by Kate Thompson
Kate at work in her office.
Digital or Paper?
By Kate Thompson
I take my library to bed. I never leave home without it. Seven hundred books aren’t heavy. They fit in my purse. I started reading e-books the end of 2010. I was resistant in the beginning. I had a paper-book library big enough to wander through and after working on the computer all day, I wanted to pluck books off my shelves and thumb through the pages, not click or swipe on a reading device.
My reading life changed the day I received notice that a book I put on hold months before was ready for pickup. I dropped whatever I was doing and headed to the library.
I went to bed early that night. I fluffed the pillows and opened the book. I squinted. I brought it closer to my face. I shined the lamp on it. I couldn't read it. The library had sent me a “tiny-print” version! I didn't know they even made tiny-print books, large-print for old people, yes, but who would read this, a flea? Read More...