Kathleen Anne Kenney is my maiden name: I’m a proud member of the “Kenney clan” from Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. As Kathleen Peterson, I live in a gorgeous river town in Minnesota, nestled between the Mississippi and the river bluffs. My husband Greg and I hike, canoe, and explore the backroads and take joy from our beautiful region every day. We’re both passionate fans of Celtic music; my husband plays several instruments and we travel to Celtic music festivals and have booked Celtic musicians for local concerts. We also study Shakespeare together. Our family loves live theatre; daughter Kate has worked as a theatre techie, and now works in publishing. Some of my favorite authors are Charles Dickens, Shakespeare, the Brontës, W.B. Yeats, Barbara Pym, Maeve Binchy, Jon Hassler, Colm Toibin, and Terry Pratchett.
Being born into a large Irish-American family to parents who were avid readers, writers, and interested in travel and history was the perfect wellspring for a writer, as we were all immersed in literature, music, and history. Our parents were generous of spirit, funny and loving, and intensely curious about the world.
I’m a freelance writer and playwright in with an M.A. in English Literature and Language. I’ve had several plays presented at Minnesota theatres, and was awarded an individual artist grant from the Southeastern MN Arts Council for “The Ghost of an Idea,” a play about Charles Dickens. My writing has appeared in Big River Magazine, Coulee Region Women’s Magazine, Tapestry Magazine, as well as area newspapers. I work as an arts administrator at a local university.