Just who is the author Katie O’Connor?
Author Katie O’Connor is a unique character. Her interests are wide and diverse. She’ll try anything once and maybe twice. Katie lives part time in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and part time on her retreat in northern Alberta. She grew up in northern Alberta where she married her high school sweetheart and has been living happily ever after. Katie is the mother of two grown daughters and is extremely proud of her five grandchildren. She has two wonderful sons-in-law and a large support network of friends, family and fellow authors.
Katie’s career path has been long and twisted, with most of her life devoted to her family. She’s been a waitress, chambermaid, cashier, store manager, as well as a lab and x-ray technician. Katie trained in martial arts for a while and tried distance running topping out at a run of 12.5 miles. She likes to shoot and for a few years performed in numerous staged gun battles with Guns of the Golden West at various venues including the Calgary Stampede. She’s also a qualified gun range safety officer.
Katie likes hunting, fishing, hiking, quading, 4-wheeling and basically anything else outdoors. Indoors, Katie played box lacrosse and even coached for a year. Relatively new to lacrosse, She coached her team to gold in the first ever Canadian Junior B Girls Box Lacrosse Championships. When not on the lacrosse floor, Katie is an avid quilter and for a number of years owned and operated a home-based quilting business and designed quilt patterns.
Early in her writing career she completed seven novels while raising twin girls. With family life taking up much her time, she put writing on hold until life calmed down. Now she spends her time reading and writing while splitting her time between Calgary and her bush retreat called Sanctuary. She reads many different genres and has started countless books, many of which are ongoing, back burner projects. Her favorite writing spot is on her land where she can listen the wind in the trees and be inspired by the deer that often wander by (unless disturbed by the dumb-ass husband’s chainsaw). She believes in all things magical including dragons, fairies, UFOs, ghosts, and house pixies. But most of all she believes in love, romance, hope, redemption and second chances.
Katie likes to make it up as she goes along and dreams of publishing a mixed genre novel. It is going to be an erotic, shape shifter, vampire, steampunk, sci-fi, murder mystery, adventure, romantic, western, historical, thriller. It will be her biography.