Kathryn Casey
Mystery and True Crime Author

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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.
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The third Sarah Armstrong mystery, named a best book of the year by Library Journal!
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Relief: Finally finished

May 3, 2011

Tags: Kathryn Casey, true crime author, mystery author, crime writer, Matt Baker

I slept well last night. Perhaps because yesterday I sent off my latest manuscript to my editor at HarperCollins, my new true crime book on the Matt Baker case. Matt was a Baptist minister in Waco, TX, who's been convicted of murdering his wife, Kari, and staging it to look like a suicide. It's a heartbreaking case.

I admit it: there were times I thought I'd never finish! I've spent 17 months on this book, and it's one of the most difficult I've written. There were so many setbacks! At first hardly anyone wanted me to write the book. I found out later that they had their reasons, and I understood. Eventually, I think they realized that someone was going to write a book on this case and that I would work hard and do my best.

By the end, nearly everyone on all sides of the case talked to me. A few months back, I even drove north to Livingston, TX, and interviewed Matt Baker in prison.

It's been a long road, and I have boxes of research materials and the information from dozens and dozens of interviews. I'm content because I believe I've written a truly fine and honest book.

So, what's next? Well, I'm not completely sure. I'm planning to take a month off, clean up a lot I've let slide, and then begin a novel. I have some ideas. That's the way it works with a writer, at least this one, things bouncing around in my head that keep banging into each other until one pushes the others away. So, I'm waiting for that to happen.

When it does, I'll sit down at my computer and type a title and start. I hope to have my eleventh book completed by the end of the year.

Why do I do it? In hopes that you'll find the books worthy of your time. Thanks to all of you who read my books, especially those who tell others about them. I do love to write, and without you, why would I? With so many books to pick from, I'm honored that you choose to include mine.

Comments

  1. May 3, 2011 10:18 AM EDT
    Can not wait to read this latest of true crime written by you!!!!!!
    - Jane Turley
  2. May 3, 2011 10:27 AM EDT
    I'm anxious to read the Matt Baker story. Until I read some of your true crime books, I usually shied away from that genre, now I know your books are tastefully done. Warm wishes for your work on a fiction book to entertain us.
    - bev martin
  3. May 3, 2011 11:20 AM EDT
    I can't wait for The Matt Baker book!! When will it be released! I love your true crime!!
    - Bobbie McKeefry
  4. May 4, 2011 9:05 AM EDT
    Thanks, everyone. Not sure when the new book will be out yet, but sign up for the Web site newsletter. I'll announce it here!
    - Kathryn Casey
  5. May 5, 2011 12:39 AM EDT
    Good job! Been enjoying your books lately since I found you. Being from TX knowing the setting and perspective helps for me. Enjoy your break!
    - Ec
  6. May 9, 2011 12:14 AM EDT
    You definitely deserve a wonderful vacation and just in time for Mother's Day. Hoping that some day you may have a book signing in my area of Texas.
    - Joni
  7. May 9, 2011 2:47 PM EDT
    Thanks, EC and Joni! I'm enjoying the break. Then...back to work!
    - kC
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    Not sure I want to read the book, since my husbands name is in it as first responder, but would like to see what it says about him. Would have thought you would have to have the ok from him, before you could publish names.
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Crawfish etouffee, a Louisiana classic. Love this recipe!

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

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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!)