Born in The Land of Enchantment, Kathleen M. Rodgers is a novelist whose work has appeared in Family Circle Magazine, Military Times, and in several anthologies. Named a 2021 WILLA Literary Award Finalist in Contemporary Fiction from Women Writing the West for her fourth novel, The Flying Cutterbucks, Kathleen's other novels have garnered many awards and favorable reviews. She’s been featured in USA Today, The Associated Press, and Military Times. A native of Clovis, New Mexico, Kathleen resides in North Texas and is working on her sixth novel. She presented at Eastern New Mexico University’s Media-Con '21 and was invited back for Media-Con '22. She’s a two-time finalist for the MWSA Writer of the Year Award and recently gave a talk about "Not Giving Up" at the 2022 MWSA national conference in New Orleans. Kathleen is available to speak at events and book clubs.
Jonathan Haupt, Executive Director of The Pat Conroy Literary Center, interviewed the author about her fourth novel, The Flying Cutterbucks, for Authors on the Air Global Radio Network. The audiobook released 2021 from Skyboat Media/Blackstone Publishing and is narrated by F Michelle Williams. Michelle and Kathleen were interviewed by nationally syndicated radio host Ed Kalegi on The Weekend With Ed Kalegi.
Seven Wings to Glory, Rodgers’ third novel, won the 2020 MWSA Founder's Award. In 2017, it won an Honorable Mention for War & Military in the Foreword Indies Book of the Year Awards and was reviewed in Southern Literary Review and internationally in Stars & Stripes.
Her second novel, Johnnie Come Lately, was featured on "The Author's Corner" on Public Radio." The audio edition is narrated by Grammy® Award-winning vocalist and Broadway actress Leslie Ellis. Thorndike Press, a leading large print publisher in the United States, released Johnnie Come Lately and Seven Wings to Glory in hardcover large print editions in early 2018.
The Final Salute, her debut novel, released in 2008 and was featured in USA Today, The Associated Press, and Military Times.
Anthology collections include those published by McGraw-Hill, University of Nebraska Press/Potomac Books, Health Communications, Inc., AMG Publishers, and Press 53.
In 2014, Rodgers was named a Distinguished Alumna from Tarrant County College/NE Campus. In 2017, the Clovis Municipal School Foundation in Clovis, NM awarded her the Purple Pride Hall of Honor Award under the "Sports and Entertainment" category. Three of her aviation poems from the book Because I Fly (McGraw-Hill) were featured in an exhibit at the Cradle of Aviation Museum on Long Island, NY.
Kathleen and her husband, Tom, a retired USAF fighter pilot/commercial airline pilot, raised two sons and enjoy spending time with their young grandson and two rescue dogs.
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"When we elevate others, we elevate ourselves. Let's all go be elevators."
~ Kathleen M. Rodgers, writer