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AuthorWho I Am

Once upon a time, a construction-paper book titled Deaths of Horrible Opera Singers caused a stir in a small Midwestern elementary school. Encouraged, the weird kid who created it went on to write such perennial classics such as The Dead Chicken’s Revenge, The Unicorn who Overdosed on Diet Pepsi, and Lars, the Pig with No Skin. Well-forged in such irreverent fires, that kid–who eventually sprouted into me, Kate Hennessey–now turns thought experiments into written humor, magical realism, and spiritual transcendence. I promise that you can laugh and revere the universal mysteries simultaneously.

I live near California’s Monterey Bay with this swell gent, two cats, and a fat and noisy goldfish. In my spare time, I lead a fiction-writing critique group in Santa Cruz, pretend like I know what I’m doing in yoga class, and explore California’s jaw-droppingly beautiful beaches, forests, and coastal communities. There is no better backdrop to develop the ideas for my novels, short stories, and flash fiction pieces! On some glorious days, the scenes and dialogue seem to emerge from the waves, the sunsets, and even the barking sea lions (though occasionally the spell breaks when they belch in unison–trust me, this happens).

 I’m also a freelance writer who works with conscious companies and creatives of all kinds.  Learn more about my services here.

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  • Secret beach hideaway under a twisted eucalyptus.  My afternoon was full of sand dollars,  sand crabs, and sun.
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  • My rule: Get published, get chocolate.  My new article about breaking big art projects into steps is in the Polymer Arts Magazine. Hurray for motivation!
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  • There is no better place for creative inspiration than Big Sur ... even when it's closed off by washed out bridges and landslides. We hiked the bypass trail to get around the collapsed bridge and had the amazing experience of walking down California's Highway 1 with basically no traffic!  Lunch at #Nepenthe, a walk to the #HenryMillerMemorialLibrary, and all these gorgeous views.  It was like going back in time.
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  • Beach hut for pixies created by some thoughtful soul on Seabright beach.
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  • Like an alcohol-infused salad: bell pepper/cilantro gin & tonic at Front and Cooper. Tasty, and arguably (very arguably) healthy.
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  • I love fog and sun mornings along the coast. Everything always feels slighty spooky and beautiful.
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  • Goldfish whales! Fantastic mural by Andrea Christine Zarovich on the UCSC campus. So many talented artists in this city!
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  • We got made a wrong turn on the way to San Gregorio and found a gorgeous fairytale forest hidden off a secluded mountain road. Serendipity at its finest! We even found a swimming hole. Lately I've learned that when you get lost, keep on going because you're probably on your way to something splendid.
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