Rather than go to therapy, Katy writes stories and hopes that her friends and family don’t realize they’ve become her characters.
I’m Katy, and I write stories. Some are fiction. Some are not. I like to make my main characters the underdog. I've been published in literary magazines, nominated for Best American Short Stories and Best Small Fictions, and have a prose collection forthcoming with Belle Point Press (2025). I'm a writer and editor for a national engineering and surveying organization and a fiction editor for Identity Theory.
When I'm not writing, I'm traveling the country following my favorite musicians and collecting oddities for my menagerie. I was born and raised in South Carolina. I live in Anderson with my spouse and two dogs, Finn and Betty Anne.
A few of my favorite things
Authors who inspire me
Joan Didion, Neil Gaiman, Roxane Gay, Denise Giardina, Silas House, Shirley Jackson, Gabriel García Márquez, Haruki Murakami, Ron Rash, Carter Sickels, and so many more
Music that fuels me
Brandi Carlile, Tyler Childers, Brandy Clark, Brent Cobb, Sierra Ferrell, Rhiannon Giddens, Jason Isbell, Nikki Lane, The Mastersons, Amanda Shires, and the list goes on and on
A sports team I will follow to the ends of the earth
My Clemson Tiger football team.
Things that keep me trudging through the writing trenches
My sweet husband. My freeloading dogs. Savannah—my home away from home. Writer friends. Lots of Cheetos. The Western North Carolina mountains. Jazzercise. MerleFest. Two fingers of Lagavulin. My music tribe.