Kate Christie

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KateKate was born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan. As a student at Smith College in the early 1990s, she pursued an interest in women's history and queer issues in the early days of LGBT studies. After graduating with a degree in Women's Studies, she went on eventually to earn a Master's in English at Western Washington University.

Christie's first novel, Solstice, was published by Bella Books in 2010. Leaving L.A., a NaNoWriMo project, came out in early 2011, followed a few months later by Beautiful Game.

A long-time Jane Austen fan, Christie was fascinated and only a little bit nauseated by the release a few years ago of a variation on P&P featuring the living dead and ninja warriors. Soon after reading an article on the literary mashup phenomenon surrounding Austen and other classic authors and historic figures, Christie wondered, "If zombies and vampires, why not gays and lesbians?" Not that monsters and queers have anything in common, of course. Thus was born the idea for Gay Pride and Prejudice, which she self-published through her new imprint, Second Growth Books, in March 2012. Her next two novels, Family Jewels (October 2012) and Flight (December 2013), are also from Second Growth Books.

Kate and her wife became mothers of multiples (twin girls) in early 2013, and with three children under the age of three, her writing took a back burner for a time. In June 2015 she returned with the Bella Books title, In the Company of Women. Kate was fortunate enough to attend the World Cup final match in Vancouver in July 2015, and nearly a year later published Training Ground, which she describes as "basically US Women's National Team (USWNT) fanfiction with original characters (OCs)." Training Ground is the first installment in an epic series (Girls of Summer) that follows Jamie Maxwell and Emma Blakeley through many adventures--from national team training camps and World Cup finals matches to life beyond (if there even is such a thing) soccer. Game Time is the second installment in the series, and picks up nearly a decade after the end of the first book. Book three, Outside the Lines, continues the story from the end of the second book. Book four, The Road to Canada, follows the team through the first half of 2015 as they prepare for the World Cup. Book five, Girls of Summer, completes the current story arc on what Kate promises to be a satisfying conclusion. Any future installments, should they be written, will be set in whatever time period Jamie and Emma choose. For fictional characters, they seem to have minds of their own.

In a departure from her fictional works, Kate has collected essays from her blog, Homodramatica: Notes on Lesbian Fiction and Life, in book form in Homodramatica: Family of Five. Given one sentence to desribe the collection, Kate says, "It's about how I overcame my fears of being a good partner and parent and accepted that I might actually be able to be both." Last but not least (for now) is A Theory of Love, a contemporary academic/sports romance hybrid set on a fictional campus near Seattle. It is absolutely, definitely not based on people and places Kate encountered while working in academia for nearly a decade.

Christie lives near Seattle with her wife, their three daughters, and the family dog. Catch up with her on Facebook, where you're likely to find the occasional cute kid and dog photos.