First weeks in Air Force, not a picnic

And life begins as an Air Force wife


Kathleen’s Bio:

Growing up in a family of six kids in Clovis, New Mexico, home of Cannon Air Force Base and the Santa Fe Railroad, I spent countless hours in a rocking chair, daydreaming about what it would be like to be someone else. Little did I know then that I was simply creating stories in my head. Then one day I learned that I could write them down.

Through my writing, I’ve been able to explore many subjects. My goal is always to get to the truth through the people and places I write about, real or imagined. Along the way, I’ve encountered many roadblocks and detours, but I’ve pressed ahead and kept my eyes on the goals I mapped out years ago.

My work has appeared in Family Circle Magazine, Air Force, Army & Navy Times, Family: The Magazine for Military Families, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Albuquerque Journal, Clovis News Journal, and in three anthologies: “Because I Fly,” by McGraw-Hill, “Lessons From Our Children,” by Health Communications, Inc. and “Hearts of Steel,” by Military Writers Society of America.

In 2008, Leatherneck Publishing released my debut novel “The Final Salute.” The following year, Army Wife Network selected it as their July book club pick and Military Writers Society of America awarded it the Silver Medal. In 2010, USA-Today and The Associated Press both ran stories about my sixteen-year journey to bring the novel to life.

I am the mother of two grown sons, Thomas (an award-winning artist) and J.P. (a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army). I live in Colleyville, TX, with my husband, Tom, a retired fighter pilot, and my Chocolate Lab, Bubba. My novel-in-progress is about a woman named Johnnie Kitchen.


Next week:  

The second part of the video interview.  She’s a former military wife who tells us frankly what it like to face the that time we hope will never happen, until it does, and how to write what you know.  Next Saturday, Kathleen answers our questions.




10 comments on “First weeks in Air Force, not a picnic

  1. Hey Laura,

    Everyone, meet my sister, Laura! Hey, Sis, thanks for stopping by
    and leaving a comment. Hope you’ll come back and check out the 60 thread comment from Sat. Aug. 27. Lots of good questions.

    Love you,


  2. Laura says:

    Kathy, Keep up the good work. I am very happy for you. As only we can say, “you done good for a Clovis Kid, and you’ve made us all very proud”. Much Love, Your Sister Laura

  3. Myrna says:

    Although it’s been some time since I read The Final Salute, I still think of the characters. Your new Kindle edition cover is very appealing. When can we expect the new book? You may know me as Sissy.

    • Hello Sissy!!! 🙂

      I am tickled to see you on here!!! How are you? I feel like I know you through our dear Drema!!! Thank you so much for reading The Final Salute. (Let me get into character here.) Miss Wynonna Sandford says to tell you, “Good Gravy, angel. That’s awfully nice of ya to stop by. Let me know if I can send you any samples of Purple Passion. I heard it puts the zing back in a woman’s thing!!” Haha..

      Aw, Sissy, you’ve just made my day! Glad you like the new cover. I am digging it myself. 🙂 Many thanks to Jeff and Maria at Navigator Books for coming up with this one! Johnnie Come Lately is a work-in-progress. I am a slow writer but I’m all about follow through. Drema is holding me accountable to finish. May take me a while, but I’l let you know. I’m hoping for a bigger publisher this time around but, I’m keeping my eyes, ears and mind opened to all the changes taking place in the publishing world.

      Take care and loved hearing from you!! 🙂


  4. Drema Hall Berkheimer says:

    Nice interview, Kathleen. Looking forward to more. You are a real pro!

  5. Lia Keyes says:

    Looking forward to part two!

  6. debutauthors says:

    I can’t wait either, Kathleen.

  7. Robin,
    Thanks for posting Part I of my interview with KENW TV from Eastern New Mexico University. Looking forward to the discussion the last weekend in August.

    Kathleen 🙂

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