Kathleen Heady


Kathleen loves to travel, and often finds inspiration for her writing while traveling, especially in Great Britain. She began writing as a child, but never took her writing seriously until she was living in Costa Rica in the 1990s, and joined a writing group with other teachers at the international school where she was employed.

She now lives in North Carolina with her husband and two cats, Tang and Sirius Black. Her house looks out on Carolina woods, almost fulfilling her childhood dream of living in a tree house.

Kathleen is the author of four mystery novels featuring Nara Blake, a young woman from a Caribbean island who moves to England, leaving behind a fiance and all her childhood memories. Hotel Saint Clare introduces Nara as she struggles to find her place after returning to the islands after college. The Gate House tell the story of Nara’s adjustment to living in Britain, and the mysteries she discovers in the old house where she lives with her father and her aunt. In Lydia’s Story, she finds the diaries that belonged to her grand-grandmother, who was a spy for the British during World War II. The fourth in the series, Sacrifice, was released in September, 2021. In this book, Nara travels to Spain on behalf of the museum where she is employed in London, and becomes involved in a murder investigation as well as a decades old smuggling ring.

Kathleen has also written a young adult historical fantasy entitled Jewels in Time, which is set in England in 1215, as well as a fantasy world that spans time and place. A sequel to this novel may be her next writing project.

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