The Author

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After retiring from a career as a “government bureaucrat” serving primarily in the criminal justice system, Kathie Deviny studied creative writing. Essays focusing on her treatment for breast cancer and life as the spouse of an Episcopal priest have been published in the Seattle Times, Episcopal Life, Cure magazine, and Faith, Hope and Healing by Bernie Siegel.

Kathie was Features Editor of her high school newspaper and originally planned a career in journalism. After realizing she was too shy to chase after stories, she followed her mother’s career path and earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in social work, attending UC Berkeley and the University of Washington. She nurtured her journalistic ambitions by developing a program at the Monroe, WA, prison which produced a magazine in cooperation with community volunteers.

Death in the Memorial Garden, her first work of fiction, reflects her love of the cozy-style mystery. Her other loves are gardening, choral singing, and locating bargains at her church’s thrift shop, where she volunteers. Kathie lives with her now-retired husband, Paul; they divide their time between California and Western Washington.

7 thoughts on “The Author

  1. Really looking forward to reading the book and would also love to see the other essays you have written!

    • Hi Karoline; sorry so long getting back to you. What’s the title of your book? I’d love to read it, and also to know what part of the country you’re from. Best, Kathie Deviny

  2. Another fun read Kathie.
    I went to the Episcopal Bookstore to say goodbye to John and Nancy yesterday and there was your new book.
    I trust all is well with you and Paul.

    Mary Bayne

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