Long Bio (172 words):
Kathy Weyer is an author, artist, and advocate. After retiring as a human resources professional in Corporate America, she committed her time to helping others through volunteer efforts, including animal and children’s welfare, literary advocacy with Palm Springs Library and Read San Diego, and business coaching for women entrepreneurs.
Through her work as a grief and bereavement counselor, Kathy has interviewed hospice patients to record their life stories and is a court-appointed special advocate for children in the foster system. She was awarded first prize (twice) by the Palm Springs Writers Guild for fiction and memoir contests and has been published in several magazines. She is on the board of directors for the Friends of the Palm Springs Library and the Palm Springs Writers Guild.
Despite her busy life, she de-stresses by getting creative with paint, fabric, yarn, paper, and whatever is handy. She lives in Palm Springs with her husband of 40 years and their rescued pets. She is the author of Stitches and the forthcoming sequels, Canvas and Pages.
Short bio (82 words):
Kathy Weyer is an author, artist, and animal lover. She was awarded first prize (twice) by the Palm Springs Writers Guild for fiction and memoir contests and has been published in several magazines. She is on the board of directors for the Friends of the Palm Springs Library and the Palm Springs Writers Guild. Kathy lives in Palm Springs with her husband of 40 years and their rescued pets. She is the author of Stitches and the forthcoming sequels, Canvas and Pages.
Top Ten Accomplishments; I:
…have been married for 41 years; I inherited three adolescents within six weeks of wedding
…am a graduate of Katharine Gibbs, executive secretary for waaaay too long
…received my bachelor’s degree at 50, master’s degree at 53
…wrote a book that was published on my 60th birthday
…was a grief and bereavement counselor
…began recording video life reviews for people facing end of life
…ran a senior center
…had a retail store (high-end dressmaking fabrics) in a large shopping mall
…was a recruiter and performance coach for small businesses
…made a movie called Yiddishe Mammas in which I interviewed ten fascinating Jewish women about their life stories
- Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for Voices for Children
- Member of Rotary Club for over 30 years, Women in Business, Society of Human Resource Management, Chamber of Commerce
- Hospice volunteer for caregiver respite care
- Reading tutor for Read San Diego
- Board member of Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse, Palm Springs Writers Guild and Friends of the Palm Springs Library
Blurb for Canvas
I just turned fifty-eight and for the first time I was alone and my slate was blank. What the hell was I going to do with my life?
Newly widowed Jen Conrad finds solace in a vodka bottle until Renee, her best friend and the mayor of San Diego, volunteers her for an artistic project. Heritage Park, a community of seven historic homes, needs a makeover, and Jen is the perfect socialite for such a fundraiser.
Although Jen desires a fresh start, the grief of losing her husband, the expectations that stem from her family, and the towering bills are enough to keep her in bed forever. And she has a secret—one she’s kept for over forty years, even from her husband.
The prospect of bringing artists to Heritage Park may be the answer to Jen’s identity crisis.
Until cancer rear its ugly head again, targeting her mother for the third time. Jen must shed her skin and become more than the poor little widow. More than a spoiled sophisticate. More than Arthur’s right-hand woman.
Jen Conrad must reinvent herself.
A witty, relatable, and engrossing read for fans of Jennifer Weiner and Nora Roberts.
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