Kasey Mackenzie lives with her husband and son in St. Louis, Missouri; home of the Gateway Arch, the baseball Cardinals, and the world’s greatest thin-crust pizza. Kasey was one of those students who always had her nose in a book–so no big surprise when she was voted “Teacher’s Pet” in her high school yearbook. Today, she is a voracious reader of fantasy, romance, science fiction, and YA. She adores her mischievous cat and shaking her groove thing as a Zumba instructor. Passionate about the written word, she feels extremely lucky to make a living as an editor and writer. Now, if she could just figure out how to get paid for cleaning her own house, maybe that would happen more often…
I got bitten by the literary bug at the tender age of three when I first learned how to read and it’s been a passionate affair ever since. I wrote my first poem in the third grade–featuring such awe-inspiring prose as “It’s Christmas time, Don’t you know? It’s Christmas time, Where’s the snow?” and won a contest where it appeared in print (the school newspaper TOTALLY counts!)–and publishing became my dearest wish. My family was super supportive of that ambitious dream and pretended not to be shocked when I actually made it come true!
When I wasn’t writing award-winning poetry in third grade or reading everything I could get my hands on (including cereal boxes from age three and my mother’s Harlequin romances starting in the fourth grade), I was writing boy band fan fiction featuring my favorite NKOTB Jonathan Knight falling madly in love with me. My love affair with fantasy books began with Susan Cooper’s The Dark is Rising Sequence and Mercedes Lackey’s Last Herald Mage and Heralds of Valdemar series in my pre-teen and teen years. When I read Mercedes Lackey’s Diana Tregarde books and had my first real taste of urban fantasy, I was even more hooked!
(We haven’t even touched all the fantasy and science fiction movies I loved starting in childhood…I don’t want this little intro to turn into an actual book…)
Some of my favorite urban fantasy and paranormal romance authors include Kelley Armstrong, Kim Harrison, Karen Chance, Kresley Cole, Yasmine Galenorn, Hailey Edwards, Dannika Dark, Jeaniene Frost, Ilona Andrews, Linsey Hall, Jaymin Eve, Chloe Neil, Nalini Singh, Jennifer Estep, L. L. McKinney, Seressia Glass, Patricia Briggs, Laurell K. Hamilton, and Jim Butcher just to name a VERY few. There are SO many great authors in this genre that I couldn’t even begin to name all the ones I love.
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