Kate Lloyd is a novelist, a mother of two sons, and a passionate observer of human relationships. A native of Baltimore, Kate spends time with family and friends in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the inspiration for Leaving Lancaster. She is a member of the Lancaster County Mennonite Historical Society. Kate and her husband live in the Pacific Northwest, the setting for Kate’s first novel, A Portrait of Marguerite. Kate studied painting and sculpture in college. She has worked a variety of jobs, including car salesman and restaurateur.
What was your favorite book as a child?
I hate to admit how many childhood “favorites” crowd our basement shelves. When children, my sister and I often received boxes of Random House picture books from our great aunt, the editor of many children’s anthologies, particularly poetry. (We were her guinea pigs.) Our Aunt Josette served as the executive director of the Child Study Association of America; the Josette Frank Children’s Book Award was named in honor of her. When our two sons were young, I enjoyed reading the books to them and later our grandkids. But I’m trying to empty those shelves.
What book did you read that first made you want to be an author?
I don’t think one specific book made me want to be an author as much as encourage me to read and improve my writing skills. I attended a high school with a rigorous summer-reading list, which seemed overwhelming. A chore, but I learned much in spite of myself. Not until I became an adult and reread these lengthy classics did I appreciate the literature and beauty of the prose.
What was the last book you read, just for fun?
Lisa Wingate’s Prayer Box.
What upcoming release are you most looking forward to?
There are so many marvelous authors to choose from! I always enjoy reading Suzanne Woods Fisher and Angela Hunt. I’m also looking forward to Linda Byler’s next Amish novel, which I hope will be the last sequel in her Burning Lancaster series. Her writing is good, but she includes many gruesome scenes I skim over. Still, I’m curious to see how her story ends.
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