Kathryn Brown Ramsperger is the author of the award-winning The Shores of Our Souls, published by traditional publisher TouchPoint Press. Shores, her debut novel, received two America’s Book Awards (one for debut, the other for cover). It was also recognized by Foreword Indies for multicultural fiction, and was a five-star book for its depiction of social issues by Reader’s Favorites. It was also a librarian’s pick by the DC Public Libraries in 2019. Kathryn has been named a Pulpwood Queens’ Featured Author for 2022.
Kathryn’s second novel, A Thousand Flying Things, which was a Faulkner Wisdom Literary finalist, is represented by Diane Nine of Nine Speakers, in Washington, DC. Diane also represented the late journalist Helen Thomas, the actor Cindy Williams, and many other renowned public figures and authors.
Writing from a global perspective, Kathryn Ramsperger’s themes are universal yet intensely personal and authentic, touching on multicultural relationships, social justice, immigration, and the humanitarian world.
Her literary voice is rooted in the Southern tradition of storytelling and is informed by her South Carolina lineage. A graduate of Hollins University (Roanoke, Va.), Kathryn studied under several esteemed writers including—Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Eudora Welty; her mentor Richard Henry Wilde Dillard and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Henry Taylor. She holds a graduate degree from George Washington University. She began her career writing for The Roanoke Times and The Gazette newspapers and later managed publications for the Red Cross and Red Crescent in Geneva, Switzerland. She has contributed articles to National Geographic and Kiplinger magazines.
A lifelong writer, having won her first (university) award at 16 for a short story, “The Gossamer Thread,” Kathryn’s continued to publish stories and poetry almost every year since. She also reviews multicultural and international books for The New York Journal of Books. She’s an intuitive and creative book coach with a trademarked process, Step Into Your Story! (TM). You can find out more about her coaching at https://groundonecoaching.com
Kathryn is a mezzo-soprano, has dined with artists ranging from author Marita Golden to musician and writer Kinky Friedman, and has traveled to every continent except Antarctica and Australia. She’s worked in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. She currently lives in Maryland with her husband and feline fur baby Rhapsody the Rhapsicle. Her son is an economics specialist who teaches Mandarin, and her daughter is an advertising and sociology graduate of Temple University, pursuing a masters in marketing analytics.
Kathryn donates half of her proceeds from the paperback version of The Shores of Our Souls to refugees and immigrants in the Middle East and Africa. She also belongs to the following professional affiliations:
The Authors’ Guild, Independent Book Publishers Association, Better Business Bureau, International Association of Business Communicators (board member), Author Accelerator, Authors and Publishers Association, Southern Writers Gallery of Stars, The Schimel Lode (board member), Washington (DC) Independent Writers, The Writer’s Center (faculty), and The International Pulpwood Queens (featured author 2022).