Gamble everything for love, if you’re a true human being. – Rumi

(quoted in HIGH INFATUATION: A Climber’s Guide to Love and Gravity by Steph Davis)

Colorado hiker. Daydreamer. YA reader. Author.

Thank you for visiting my “Secrets of Best Selling Authors” blog. I’m fortunate to live in a beautiful place that critically-acclaimed authors visit often. I love attending their presentations to learn and be inspired. Writing posts about the events is my way of giving back to a wonderful and supportive writing community.

I grew up in Southern California wanting to be an astronaut or Vicky Austin in A RING OF ENDLESS LIGHT by Madeleine L’Engle. Instead, I became a newspaper reporter and nonprofit communications director (and 14er peak bagger after moving to Colorado in 2002).

I spend my days hiking, reading, writing, and embarrassing myself when meeting famous authors (which you can read about on various sites, including this blog.) I plan to never introduce myself to Jandy NelsonRainbow Rowell and John Green, lest I dissolve into a puddle of blissful nothingness.

Contact me at KatValdezWriter@gmail.com

Social Media


Flash Fiction, Short Stories & Essays



Guest Blog Posts

  • On Patricia Stoltey‘s website: Ten-Second Movie Reviews by Katherine Valdez



This website features the following authors:
[Under construction]

  • Ethan Canin (January 2017)
  • Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff, Jessica Cluess, Kiersten White, Arwen Elys Dayton (January 2017)
  • Teresa Funke (December 2016)
  • Benjamin Dancer (November 2016)
  • Edwidge Danticat (November 2016)
  • Mary Kubica (July 2016)
  • Rainbow Rowell (June 2016)
  • Grant Blackwood (May 2016)
  • T. Jefferson Parker (March 2016)
  • V.E. Schwab, Brenna Yovanoff, Emily Hainsworth (March 2016)
  • Elizabeth Gilbert (January 2016)
  • Chris Bohjalian (November 2015)
  • Jim Shepard (November 2015)
  • David Sedaris (November 2015)(July 2013)
  • Donna Cooner (October 2015)
  • Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, Deborah Biancatti  (October 2015)
  • Patrick deWitt (October 2016)
  • Jess Walter (October 2016)
  • Lauren Groff (October 2016)
  • Anthony Marra (October 2016)
  • Jessie Burton (October 2016)
  • Ethan Canin (October 2016)
  • Cheryl Strayed
  • Amy Kathleen Ryan
  • Colum McCann
  • Elizabeth Silver
  • Khaled Hosseini
  • John Searles
  • Laura Pritchett
  • Ann Brashares
  • Hannah Kent
  • Ruth Ozeki
  • Natasha Wing
  • Andrew McCarthy
  • Peter Heller
  • Steve Almond
  • Stephanie Perkins
  • Lauren Oliver
  • Geraldine Brooks
  • Margaret Stohl
  • Kami Garcia
  • Richelle Mead
  • Libba Bray

Articles on Book Festivals and Writers’ Conferences

  • Northern Colorado Writers
  • YALLWest
  • StoryCatcher Workshop
  • Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
  • Literary Sojourn
  • AnomalyCon


The sky is the daily bread of the eyes. – Ralph Waldo Emerson


Colorado wildflowers

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

Stanley Hotel1 10-11-14

Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado

La Luz

Horsetooth Rock Horsetooth Rock


Greyrock, near Poudre Park, Colorado

Writing Retreat at Red Feather Lakes, June 29, 2013

Near Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Pearl Lake

Pearl Lake, Colorado

North Park

North Park, Colorado

8 thoughts on “About

  1. Katherine, thanks for the nice comments about my blog on Pat Stoltey’s website. Flash fiction is fun. A friend of mine and I try to outdo each other weekly with 100-worders, but they should include at least one horrible pun. Cheers, Mark Bacon

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