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About Me

Modern Woman. Very Old Soul.

I’m an artist and writer with a degree in computer science, and a web administrator at an AI company, who writes WWII historical fiction. How much more diverse can you get?

What do you do when you love AI and nineteenth-century history, and you have to design a website for yourself? Apparently you put your photo in an AI generator and party like it's 1925!

How did I get to be this way? I was that kid in grade school who could draw photorealistic objects with a pencil when everyone else struggled to scrawl straight lines. And, I LOVED storytelling. Just when I hit college thinking I would pursue a fine arts degree, my parents said, “Yeah, not so fast!”

That’s how I became an artist and writer with a computer science degree. I am also a scholar with a love of learning: I graduated summa cum laude from Kent State University in 2003. I’m a member of Phi Beta Kappa. That was twenty years ago. Today I work as a web administrator and digital marketing expert for an AI company in Austin, Texas. It’s my dream job, and I wouldn’t give it up for the world. But by night, I curl up with a good history book and travel back in time.

I’m a passionate believer in the magic of historical fiction. It’s an invite to people who hate lecture halls, but love slipping into the shoes of a well-crafted character and experiencing the gritty lows and soaring highs of another person who inhabited this earth long ago. In the end, after you’re released from the sweep of the story, maybe—just maybe—you’re motivated to look up the black-and-white history for yourself.

My “spark book” (I define that as the book that kindled my passion for writing) was The Killer Angels, the Civil War novel by Michael Shaara. Before I read the first page, I couldn’t have cared less about such distant, black-and-white history. Then I got to know Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, James Longstreet, Robert E. Lee, George Pickett, Winfield Hancock, and Lewis Armistead up close and personal. After I stayed up two days straight reading to the last page, I signed up to write a junior-year term paper on the causes of the Civil War. The minimum page count for the assignment was 10 double-spaced pages. I turned in 47! If I can incite THAT kind of passion for my readers, then I have accomplished something extraordinary.

There is a blog on this website. Topics are bound to be eclectic, like me—a bit of science and faith, technology and history. Though they are all on opposite ends of a spectrum, I don’t see any of these things as contradictory. They’re just different facets of a flesh-blood existence we all know in our heart, mind, and bones.

Bookmark the site and visit when time allows—or better yet, sign up for the mailing list, and I’ll zip you an email when I have something worth sharing. 

— Katherine

Katherine Koch, WWII Catholic Historical Fiction Author
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