“15 Things You Might Not Know About Kathleen”

Author Kathleen Paterka peeking around the corner of a bookshelf in the library
  1. My library card is the most important credit card in my purse.
  2. I’m an avid royal watcher, and grew up hoping I would someday meet and marry Prince Charles. My novel Royal Secrets was a fun way of indulging my fascination with the British royal family.
  3. When I was a little girl, I dreamed of growing up to be a talk show hostess, and would practice by interviewing myself.
  4. I grew up fat, tipping the scales in high school at 300 lbs. My novel Fatty Patty is semi-autobiographical. I’ve been at a normal weight for more than 35+ years but I’ve never forgotten the pain of what it’s like to live fat in a society that worships thin. Anyone who doesn’t believe me, we need to have a serious chat.
  5. I’m addicted to office supplies. If anyone knows of a 12-step support group for “Office Supplies Anonymous”, please let me know. I truly need help.
  6. My father wanted me to be an accountant. He told me that an accounting degree would guarantee I’d always have a good job because so many people are terrible at math. His idea didn’t even make sense, as I’m also one of those people terrible at math.
  7. My husband Steve ‘coded’ and died before my eyes early one morning while in the cardiac unit at our local hospital. Thank God they managed to resuscitate him. I will always remember the chilling sound of his ‘death rattle’. That experience was the inspiration for The Other Wife.
  8. Favorite phrase: “Never, never, never give up” ~ Sir Winston Churchill
  9. Though my novel Lotto Lucy is about a lottery winner, I have never won the lottery.
  10. The virtue I admire most in others? Kindness.
  11. I’m married to a twin, I’m an aunt to two sets of twins, and I’m a proud Grammie to twin boys… plus, I wrote a book about twins (Fatty Patty).
  12. I went to Catholic school, where the nuns taught me the importance of following rules. That being said, I do not believe in blind obedience. Fr. Greg Kozminski, the Catholic priest/hero in my 4th James Bay novel, For I Have Sinned, tests the limits of every rule, written and unwritten, in the Catholic hierarchy.
  13. My heroine: Anne Frank.
  14. My hero: my husband Steve. He’s a certified hero through our fire department, and was the inspiration for Fireman Mike in my 2nd James Bay novel, Home Fires.
  15. I’m a sucker for romance and happily-ever-after endings.