Meet Kathy Herman

Kathy Herman is an award-winning poet and best-selling novelist who has also contributed articles to numerous publications, including Bookstore Journal. Her poetry won the World of Poetry’s Silver Poet Award in 1987 and 1988.

A staff member of the Christian Booksellers Association in Colorado Springs for five years, Herman later worked at Better Books Christian Center in Tyler, Texas, specializing in children’s products and conducting related seminars in the U.S. and Canada. She has been involved in developing a local public school character-building curriculum, has been a preliminary judge for the ECPA’s Gold Medallion Book Awards, and most recently worked as an independent consultant to the CBA market.

Herman writes her novels in the morning room of their house off the fifteenth fairway of a golf course, often gazing out the eight-foot window at the beauty that surrounds her. “When I’m doing something else, it’s surprising how many hours there are in a day,” the author muses. “But when I write, there are never enough.”

Her novels in The Baxter Series—Tested by Fire, Day of Reckoning, Vital Signs, and High Stakes—center around the fictional lakeside town of Baxter, three hours from Atlanta. Though each novel stands alone, characters from Tested by Fire reappear in the sequels. The trademark of the series is an absorbing story about people learning to cope with hard realities of the twenty-first century, with biblically satisfying solutions. Herman’s characters explore the grand themes of grace, bitterness, and the sovereignty of God. “My endings are never predictable,” says the author. “But satisfying.”

Kathy's upcoming projects include a fifth and final installment in the Baxter series, entitled A Fine Line, and a stand alone book, Poor Mrs. Rigby. She also has plans for a new series taking place in the town of Seaport, with one of the characters from A Fine Line. She and her husband, Paul, have three grown children and four grandchildren and live in Tyler. Herman’s hobbies include world travel, ornithology, and deep-sea fishing.

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