Kat grew up in the (what used to be) small town of Riverview, Florida, where she spent most of her time either drawing or sitting in her “reading tree” with her nose buried in a fantasy novel…except for the hours pretending her back yard was an enchanted forest that could only be reached through the secret passage in her closet…
She never could give up on the idea that maybe she really was magic, mistakenly placed in a world not her own…but as the years passed, and no elves or fairies carted her away…she realized she was just going to have to create the life of her fantasies. She shares that life with her husband and daughter.
Kat is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Tampa with a B.S. in Biology. She spent several years teaching, but never in a traditional classroom–everything from art to Algebra II—and then homeschooled her children. She is the author of YA fantasy series Toch Island Chronicles and paranormal romance Relent, as well as dozens of fantasy, science fiction, and horror short stories in magazines and anthologies. She paints, draws, and makes mixed media art with fantasy, sci-fi, and steampunk themes. Enter her world at www.katheckenbach.com.