Spotlight on K.A. Davis
About the Author
My name is Kathleen Andrews Davis and I live in the mountains of Central Pennsylvania with my husband and a horde of deer who insist on annihilating any attempts at gardening. We are empty-nesters with two grown daughters and two beautiful grandchildren.
During my long and varied working life, I did business writing including everything from press releases to policy and procedure manuals. I served as managing editor of an in-house newspaper where I enjoyed every aspect of production including writing, photography, and even dummy layout. From there, I moved into marketing pieces and business plans.
My favorite venture, however, was fourteen years in the Bed & Breakfast industry. This was my passion. When we left our lovely old Victorian it left a hole in my heart and I found myself with an indistinguishable yearning to be more and do more. The little wheels in my head started turning and it dawned on me, if I liked commercial writing, why won’t I like creative writing?
Becoming a grandmother was the fuel that fed the fire, and I decided to leave my grandchildren a legacy of words that would outlast any other inheritance I could give.
My first two books in the Emerson’s Attic series, for middle-grade readers, were so much fun that I decided to give an adult novel a try. I love stories about smart, mature women and the characters of Windward Secrets introduced themselves to me when I least expected it. And so, I have found my new adventure and hope to learn and grow as an author.
The knitting needles have slowed, the flowerbeds (or what’s left of them) have weeds, my fishing rod leans lonely in a corner of the garage, and I can’t get enough of my grandchildren.
Fiction: Suspense, Mystery
At just over 67,700 words Windward Secrets is a fast-paced mystery laced with humor, suspense, and a touch of the paranormal that will make the reader gasp at times, and soften their hearts at other times.
When Claire McPherson booked Windward Cottage, for the annual reunion with three college friends, her biggest concern was whether they would like the weather-beaten, old Victorian on Cape Cod. Claire, Diane, Jill, and Caroline are in for more than a little Right and R. Windward Cottage has its own special powers of seduction. After 35 years of friendship they thought they knew everything about each other, but the old house draws confessions out of each and leads them unwillingly into a 50-year-old mystery.
What was planned to be a vacation filled with fun, food, and reminiscing turns into one that will change their lives forever. Who or what is trying to frighten them? Only one woman’s stubborn determination keeps them at Windward Cottage when common sense tells them to leave. Fear, danger, and unexplained events connect the four women to each other and to Windward Cottage. Three of the women find their futures, and one finds her past.
Readers will recognize someone they know in every character as Windward Secrets heightens their awareness of the heinous crime of human trafficking.
Emerson’s Attic: The Blue Velvet
Middle-grade historical fiction/adventure.
Emerson’s Attic, is a time travel mystery series for middle-grade readers. The first book in the series, The Blue Velvet, introduces 14-year-old, Emerson Amelia McBride as a normal American teenager. While cleaning the attic as punishment, she is swept back in time to Victorian England where she takes up residence as one of the chambermaids. Emerson’s grandfather guides her, through her dreams, to solve a family mystery. The intrigue of the inhabitants of an English manor house force Emerson has to think on her feet without the modern conveniences she’s used to. History, geography, and even love make Emerson question which life she prefers.
Emerson’s Attic: Smoke and Mirrors
Middle-grade historical fiction/ adventure.
Walking home from school 14-year-old Emerson McBride thought it was just another beautiful fall day, little did she know how wrong she was. There’s a secret in the attic of the old Victorian house where she lives and her best friend Sarah has gone up to the attic to look for a Halloween costume. Will the same thing happen to Sarah that happened to Emerson the last time she was in the attic? Will Emerson get home in time to save her friend? Join Emerson in her second adventure traveling back in time to meet exciting people and danger.
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