About

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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  • I found this ribbon message tied to a redwood tree in Arcata, California. A welcome sentiment these days: words of love 💜🌲
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#love #goodvibes #sweet #surprise #hippies #arcata #humboldt #hiddenmessage #forest #redwoods #positive #foundpoetry #california #green
  • Sailboat gliding past a compass alongside the Santa Cruz harbor. I wonder if I should learn to sail?
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  • We call this the neighborhood Dr Seuss tree.
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  • This huge, beautiful Buddha statue was completely unexpected as we drove through the tiny, rural town of Mims, Florida.  We'd just returned from an airboat tour through a swamp peppered with alligators. A Buddhist monastery was the last thing we expected to see tucked away behind the trees.
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  • This little devil is hereby dubbed "Murder Kitty" for all the helpless creatures he's been dragging into the house lately. Nothing like a bird or gopher running under the couch to help me concentrate on writing articles.  Guess who's getting a collar with a bell tonight? .
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  • Thanks to keyboards and texting, my handwriting looks like that of a mentally deranged person. Fortunately I type like a badass.
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  • Spotted this beautiful sculpture By Cynthia Siegel at Sierra Azul gardens in Watsonville, CA.  It's actually made of clay, not wood.  I love surprise art in unexpected places.  The whole garden was full of gorgeous succulents, sprawling trees, and birds that watched our every move. .
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  • From last week as I was travelling to a wedding.  The wedding had: a) fairies, b) ferrets dressed in little bride and groom outfits, carrying rings, c) ocelots, parrots, and snakes, and d) temples to Egyptian goddesses.  I kid you not.  This happened. Geyserville, CA was gorgeous.
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