California native Kate Curran has spent long hours behind the lens of a camera, wading through rice paddies, dairies and orchards over her twenty-year career as a photojournalist specializing in agriculture. One day, while leaning on a corral fence, ankle deep in cow manure, Kate paused to consider if this was the life she’d envisioned when she’d been young and idealistic. Definitely not, and although she enjoyed her career as a photojournalist, she was ready to spread her wings and leap into something new—contemporary romances. With her roots in agriculture running four generations deep, it’s not surprising that her books carry an agriculture thread in them, some more than others. Happily married for over thirty-five years, she and her husband have two grown sons, a grandbaby on the way and a menagerie of animals—a black lab who thinks she’s human, a house cat that looks part bobcat, and half a dozen cottontails that roam freely on her property. Kate loves—and writes—deeply emotional, feel-good stories. She gets inspiration from movies like While You Were Sleeping, Return To Me, music, and from her own happily-ever-after. Her favorite place to plot out novels is swinging in a hammock on a warm spring day. Also writing under Kathy Coatney, Kate has written two series of children’s books, From the Farm to the Table and The Adventures of Fisher the Wonder Pup.