Kathryn Craft

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My second published novel, The Far End of Happy, is the culmination of a 17-year calling to write about my first husband's suicide and the impact it had on our family and community, an event that seared itself so indelibly into our lives that I constrained the story to its 12 hours. I so appreciate its warm reception!

Despite this trial I live a joy-filled life. It has been my privilege to raise two fine sons in the wake of their father's suicide, which taught us to grab the gusto and feed our spirits. It beings me endless pleasure to help other people improve their writing game, and I love any event that brings writers together, which explains why I spend so much time supporting writing groups like the Women's Fiction Writer's Association,
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Kathryn Craft THE FAR END OF HAPPY, due May 5, is based on an event from my life—the standoff between my suicidal first husband and a massive police presence at our…moreTHE FAR END OF HAPPY, due May 5, is based on an event from my life—the standoff between my suicidal first husband and a massive police presence at our idyllic little farm. Whether journaling, writing essays, or drafting a full-length memoir, I've been writing about that event one way or another for most of the 17 years since it happened. When I got the idea to honor the day's significance by constraining the story to its twelve hours, and spreading perspective over three women's points of view, I knew novelizing was the way to go, and Sourcebooks gave me the opportunity.(less)
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The Art of Falling

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“There is such beauty in the fight to live. We must all find the courage to go on.”
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“Watching dance isn't about picking up moves. It's about noting the relationships between motion and space and rhythm to absorb a greater concept”
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“Perfect, you say? That was your problem. It is our imperfections that make us endlessly fascinating.”
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Veronica Dale Thank you for becoming my friend on Goodreads. I was both moved and impressed by your bio.


Kathryn Elizabeth wrote: "Kathryn, I am currently reading SOMEONE by Alice McDermott and though I didn't grow up in the exact period that she writes about, I am amazing at how her memory-laden work speaks to me. She is able..."

Thanks for the recommendation, Beth! I have read a couple of Alice's books (Charming Billy, The Optimist's Daughter) and was thrilled to learn so much from her when I sat in on 6 of her workshops when I was at Sewanee Writers' Conference in 2002. This one sounds great as well. xo


Elizabeth A. Kathryn, I am currently reading SOMEONE by Alice McDermott and though I didn't grow up in the exact period that she writes about, I am amazing at how her memory-laden work speaks to me. She is able to pull us into a world without the clamor of tension, but rather the strange pull and tug of life. Hope are are well, Beth Havey


Catherine Stine Hi, Kathryn! Good to see you here.
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