Kathryn Casey
Mystery and True Crime Author


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True Crime
The infamous Texas stiletto murder
True Tales of Jealousy, Betrayal, and Revenge
Three decades of murder and redemption in the infamous I-45/Texas Killing Fields
A minister, his mistress, and a heartless Texas murder
A mother's love, a husband's betrayal, and a cold-blooded Texas murder
An Altar Boy, a Cheerleader, and a Twisted Texas Murder.
Murder, Revenge and Two Texas Sisters.
Sex, Murder, and a Texas Millionaire
Obsession, Lies, and a Killer Cop
Seen on Oprah! A courageous woman married to a dangerous psychopath.
The third Sarah Armstrong mystery, named a best book of the year by Library Journal!
The second Sarah Armstrong mystery "a strong sequel," says BOOKLIST, now available in stores and on the Web!
The first in the Sarah Armstrong mystery series, BOOKLIST MAGAZINE picked SINGULARITY as one of the Best Crime Novel Debuts of 2009!
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Tiaras Forever!

January 19, 2009

Tags: Pulpwood Queens, Girlfriend Weekend, Kathy L. Patrick, Kathryn Casey, Singularity

Hey All, I just had the best time.

Last Thursday I packed my car and trekked north to Jefferson, Texas, for the Pulpwood Queens 2009 Girlfriend Weekend. For those of you unfamiliar with the Queens, the organization was started by Kathy L. Patrick in her hair salon/bookstore, Beauty and the Book. What began as a local book club only nine years ago is now an international powerhouse with 210 chapters. Unbelievable? Not if you know Kathy. (Here I am on the right with Kathy on the left.)

When you look up high-energy and dynamic in the dictionary, Kathy's photo is undoubtedly there, and she's wearing leopard skin, big Texas hair, and a high-wattage smile. Kathy is simply a woman to be reckoned with. She has an undeniably vibrant spirit, and she's drawn like-minded women to the club, those not afraid to wear animal print and tiaras to discuss good books and promote literacy.

The way the book club works is that an individual woman becomes a Head Queen in her area and invites other women to join her. Each month, Kathy chooses a Pulpwood Queen selection and a Bonus Book, recommended reads for the club. The women meet and discuss the book, with a bit of food and fun mixed in.

Last summer, my first novel, SINGULARITY, came out. The book garnered great reviews, including stars from Publisher's Weekly and Booklist, and even a mention in VANITY FAIR. (Someone pinch me! LOL) An early exciting moment, one I'll remember always, was when my editor e-mailed that Kathy had chosen SINGULARITY as a Pulpwood Queen selection! Pulpwood Queens, including those in Alaska, read the book, and I had the opportunity to do a phone-in chat with one of the PQ chapters, the gals in Lake Charles, LA. But then, it got even better.

A month or so later, Kathy invited me to be one of the featured authors at Girlfriend Weekend. I wasn't sure what to expect but thought, Hey, why not? I mean, Jefferson's a cool place, a quaint little town steeped in Texas history. And the Pulpwood Queens I'd met, Kathy and the Louisiana ladies, were loads of fun. It sounded promising.

Well, I drove back to Houston on Sunday exhausted! And I mean exhausted! Talk about a wild weekend. Each day was crammed with events. On Friday morning, I was on a panel with Karen Harrington, the author of JANEOLOGY, and Linda Busby Parker, whose book, SEVEN LAURELS, won the prestigious James Jones First Novel Award. We had a great time talking about our books and answering questions.

From that point on, I relaxed. I listened as the other authors discussed their books, many offering insight into their lives and careers. In between, I laughed at the high-jinks of a comedy team comprised of: Kathy Patrick; River Jordan, the host of ALL THINGS SOUTHERN; Shellie Rushing Tomlinson, author of SUCK IN YOUR STOMACH AND PUT SOME COLOR ON; and Suzanne McClaren of PRAISE THE LORD AND PASS THE BISCUITS.

At night, well, all heck broke lose. Friday evening was the Hot Pink Collar Tour, lots of laughs including karaoke. And Saturday night's Big Hair Ball was a a blast! I wore a tiara and boa and looked like Margaret Thatcher compared to the other women. Many went all out, with imaginative costumes and festive table decorations. Jefferson's Bull Durham Playhouse Players put on a Saturday Night Live skit, and I laughed so hard, when I finally made my way back to the B&B that night, I had a hard time falling asleep. My mind kept replaying funny lines, and I laughed all over.

So you ladies out here, the ones who love to read and have a good time, take a look at the Pulpwood Queen Web site, http://www.pulpwoodqueen.com. And read Kathy's book: THE PULPWOOD QUEEN'S TIARA-WEARING, BOOK-SHARING GUIDE TO LIFE. It's as heart-warming as its author and, as an added bonus, includes yummy recipes. Some of you may want to start your own Pulpwood Queen chapters. I'd highly recommend it, but only if you're into good books and fun!

Laura Smither

Jessica Cain

Tiffany Dobry Johnston

Kelli Cox

Bill Reece in 2012, a prison photo.

A version of the I-45 Mysteries chart, this one courtesy of the Galveston County Daily News

The shattered door and Belinda Temple's image inside, from SHATTERED.

50 Shades innocent fun? I hope so, but be careful whom you trust.

Bananas Foster ala Brennan's. It's so good. Such a great restaurant. Try the recipe in the blog, and visit their restaurants. Wonderful food!

Bouchercon 2011: Here I am on the left with the wonderful Sara Paretsky and my friend author Diane Fanning. We had a blast!

Crawfish etouffee, a Louisiana classic. Love this recipe!

Kari fell in love with Matt Baker, but was he the man she believed?

They appeared the perfect family, but was Matt Baker hiding Deadly Little Secrets?

Was Matt Baker really a loving husband? Here at his wife's grave with their two daughters, Grace and Kensi.

My niece Beth, Dad, my sister-in-law Linda, and yours truly!

Dad's birthday cake, what a grand day!

Nice smile? I am the Cheshire Cat.

Jamie Ford, yours truly, Kathy L. Patrick, the Pulpwood Queen!

Here I am with Fannie Flagg and Karen Harrington

On the day of my panel with Robert Leleux

Alice's Kingdom: Marsha Toy Engstrom, our leader, as the Red Queen.

My main character, Sarah Armstrong, is a Texas Ranger/Profiler.

My special reindeer ornament, the one that's always front and center on my Christmas tree

Don't miss me on All Things Southern talking about the third Sarah Armstrong mystery!

The cover for the upcoming German edition of Singularity

Here I am with the Investigation Discover TV crew. Left to right: Scott, Eric, yours truly, Linda and Kaia!

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Here I am with the legendary Kinky Friedman.

Introducing the rest of our panel: Ben Rehder (left) author of Holy Moly and other mysteries; Frances Ray, who writes women's fiction; that's me in the background, and on the right, Kathleen Kent, author of The Heretic's Daughter

It's up to us to mount a protest, to keep James Bergstrom locked up.

Meet our puppy, Ozzie Nelson. Don't let his sweet appearance fool you. Send help!

Here's proof that Ozzie Nelson is a handful!

This past January, 2010, the theme of the Pulpwood Queen's Girlfriend Weekend was Over the Rainbow. This is the head queen, Kathy Patrick, dressed as a tornado.

The southwest LA pulpwood queens as witches!

Years ago, before her diagnosis, here I am with my mom.

Here I am with Pulpwood Queen founder and author Kathy L. Patrick at the 2009 Girlfriend Weekend. I had a blast! (Notice the tiara? It's my first!)