I was born in Spokane, Washington, then immediately shipped to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho where I lived until the ripe age of 19 when I graduated from North Idaho Jr. College. I then packed my bags and moved to Boise where I lived for two years until I could no longer tolerate the winter weather.

Once my toes hit the sand in Florida, there was no turning back. I have lived in Jacksonville for over 26 years where I am a Florida Certified Registered Paralegal. I have worked in the legal field for over twenty years specializing in guardianship, probate, and estate planning. I am also the mother of two grown daughters.

My first book Breathless was released on January 13, 2012. Since then, I have had six other releases. I enjoy writing mystery, suspense, and humor. I am what they call a hybrid author because I publish both traditionally with a publisher, and I self-publish.

Some of my groups and leadership roles include:

President of Florida Sisters in Crime for 2010-2011; The Public Relations Director for Ancient City Romance Authors; and Membership Director for Ancient City Romance Authors.

I’d love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave a comment below or e-mail me at kathrynjbainauthor@gmail.com.

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  • Small Town Terror placed first in the International Digital Awards (IDA) for Short Suspense 2016.
  • Beautiful Imperfection received first in the Show Me You Cover Contest in 2013.
  • Breathless placed first in the 2010 Royal Palm Literary Awards for Inspirational Fiction;
  • “The Plan”, Honorable Mention in the Writer’s Weekly Winter 2013 short story contest.
  • Catch Your Breath, third place in the Heart of Excellence contest for 2013






  1. Carol Murray says:

    Wow! I never knew you did all of that. When you said you were a writer and a paralegal, you were really being humble. I am humbled and amazed at your activity for such a layed back person. May God continue to bless you.

    Carol Murray LOL sister

    1. Thanks for the kind words, Carol. You’re making me blush.

  2. I found your website through our mutual friend on Facebook, Diana F. Your book sounds fascinating!

    It’s a small world. I am in Jax at least once a year because my dad & his wife, as well as my brother & his wife live at Jax Bch. I grew up in the city, in Ortega 🙂

    1. I’m glad to have you here. It’s such a small world isn’t it? I’m always amazed when I meet people who lived in Jacksonville. There seem to be a lot. For such a big city, it’s really a small town.

  3. Hi, Kathy! Thought I’d pop in & say hello. I like your header & bio photos. Interesting that you’ve migrated from Spokane to Jacksonville. I’ve migrated a bit too, but all on the east coast, and SC is toasty enough for me. I’m glad to see your great stories heading into print!

    1. Hello Mary, I’m glad you stopped by. SC is one of the many places I’d love to visit. I’ve been such a homebody for years. I’m trying to change all that.

  4. Kathy: I’d like to encourage you to add your award to your bio info.

    1. Good point. Thank you.

  5. Kathy,

    I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation on Saturday at the Sisters in Crime meeting. Thank you for sharing excellent suggestions on the use of humor. I certainly want to read your work.

    1. Thanks, Judith. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  6. I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own blog
    and was wondering what all is needed to get set up? I’m assuming having a blog like
    yours would cost a pretty penny? I’m not very web savvy so I’m
    not 100% positive. Any recommendations or advice would be
    greatly appreciated. Appreciate it

    1. I did this one myself. It had to be easy because I’m techilogicaly incompetent. WordPress makes it easy. The most important thing is to be consistent with any blog you do. You can’t just do it every once in a while.

  7. Hello, Kathryn! Wow! Love your most enjoyable Website and it’s wonderful seeing your books! Keep writing! All the very best to you! Granny Kari

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Kari. Good to hear from you.

      1. Lovely to hear from You too, Kathryn! My first book was published just a few days ago! Whoopeee! Oh, yesss! Here it is:

        Smile, be Surprised and Enjoy. Kathryn!

  8. Good luck on your newest book release! And good to see clean fiction still matters.
    Keep writing.

    1. Thanks, Nathan.

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