About me (the extended version)


Growing up I used to "entertain" the neighborhood by telling stories about my family (mostly about my Mom). People always laughed and they couldn't believe the stories were true. I always got the same comment. "One day you need to write a book about your family."

When I was in my early twenties, I started to have titles come to my mind for that book. I wrote them in a notebook, but did nothing more. I had no clue how to write a book and frankly English was never my best subject and still isn't.

I got married, and we started having kids sometime after that. Then the recession hit. My husband lost his job when I was pregnant with our second baby. I was sick as a dog and stressed. He was beyond stressed. For over three years we never had steady employment. To keep myself from losing it I began to write. It was the best thing that could have happened to me. I found my outlet and passion. (He went back to school and is an accountant now. We feel extremely fortunate that we now have work.)

I started with my family stories (Halffast Memories). I discovered that getting published is incredibly difficult. You have to have an agent to get to a publisher and those agents are bombarded with requests. After about 100 rejection emails, another book started to come to me. This one was a suspense novel about a child who is kidnapped. I remember thinking. "No, no, no I am not going to write this down. I don't have a clue how to write a novel. I'm not even going to start this book." An hour later I sat down at the computer and started writing "Chipped". I finished it over a year later. Again I started to send out letters to publishers. This time I got over 500 rejection letters. Now, let me clarify lest you now stop reading my blog because it's obvious that I am a crappy writer. I had two people out of those 600 ask to read my entire manuscript. I had three ask to read "Half- Fast", the rest turned me down based on the one paragraph I had given them for each book.

Finally a year and a half ago I wrote a suspense Screenplay titled "Reformed." I sent it into a a big movie contest out of LA. I was one of 24 people that placed out of 4000+applicants.

Currently I am writing that screenplay into a book.
It has been over five years. You may be wondering at this point why I keep going.  I do it because I love it and because I believe that there is a reason these stories keep coming to me, that one day something will come of all of this.

I am currently self-published on Amazon and I am loving blogging and the opportunity I have to hopefully make people laugh when they are in their own "recession." It's what got me through mine. I also have been fortunate enough to write for the Uplifting section on KSL.com from time to time.


Thank you for reading my blog. It means a lot. If you like it please share it with others.

I am a mom of four, a woman of faith, a real person that says it how it is and hopefully doesn't offend anyone, an optimist and a lucky wife.

Years ago when we were in the thick of going through some pretty cruddy times, we pulled up and parked our crappy car that barely ran, had no heat, was held together with duct tape in a stall next to an obviously wealthy man about our age. He was driving and Aston Martin. I got out and grabbed one of my kids out of the back seat while my husband grabbed the other. I then looked at the man who was also exiting his car and jokingly said to him while eyeing his gorgeous car, "Do you want to trade?" I was referring to our cars, but I will never forget what he said to me. He looked at my husband and I and then at our kids and said, "In a heartbeat."

I will always be grateful for the lesson he taught me that day. Here I thought we were in the worst case scenario and didn't realize, I was in the best.  

I have everything in my family and I wouldn't trade them for anything.
Life is so wonderful even when I mistakenly think it's not.

-Kate 

Contact me at: momentsofchunder@gmail.com

15 comments:

  1. I just discovered your blog, and I'm loving what I've read so far. I think you are a great writer, and I am excited to follow you.

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  2. What a sweetheart you are. Thank you so much. I spent some time reading your blog too. You are a wonderful writer, so I take your compliment very highly! What a darling family.

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  3. Kate,
    I just read your blog on ksl about soul mates. Thank you! I love your perspective as I have questioned at times if my wife wasn't my soul mate. Struggling to find a job, I don't have time right now to read all of your blog, but I will be back to read more. Keep up the great work and know you influenced for the better a fellow Latter-day Saint. I look forward to reading more and being a follower.

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  4. John-Thank you. I love honest people! Thank you for taking the time to write. Email me and let me know what line of work you are in and what you are looking for so I can pass it one if that's OK. Being out of work makes even the strongest marriages rocky at least for a little. It for sure brought us closer, but it sucked at the same time. :)

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  5. hi Kate
    You have wonderful stories, the one that caught my attention was the soul mate story, i have been with my partner for 3 years and i tell people,my family and myself i don't know why i'm with him as he is not my soul mate, after reading your blog just a few hours ago, it kinda changed the way i think about my partner & myself:(

    I 'dislike' reading and posting comments on peoples blogs however i can't resist writing on yours. all i can say is thank-you for writing:). Have a great day and looking forward to reading more of your stories.

    Monique

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  8. I don't follow blogs. I read some of the stuff on yours b/c of the ksl article on soul mates. I now follow a blog and have sent it out to all 14 of my sister/sister in laws--most of which have responded with things about laughing so hard they're crying... peeing their pants... or both. Good job. Love your writing style and your lack of running style. You're my kind of non marathoner!

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    1. Haha awesome. When someone says they pee their pants from reading my stories, it's the best compliment I can receive! Thanks and thank you so much for passing on my book!

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  9. I just read your KSL article about soul mate. You hit it on the head for me and my husband! We have been married for 12 years and feel just like that. Thank you for putting in words what I feel. You are a great writer!

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  10. I just read your KSL article about soul mate. You hit it on the head for me and my husband! We have been married for 12 years and feel just like that. Thank you for putting in words what I feel. You are a great writer!

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  11. Kate! So happy to see how happy you are and how successful you have become! I was so blessed to have you as a young women's leader and you truly made such a difference in my life! All the best!

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  12. Hi Kate,

    I looked through your blog thoroughly to see if I could find an email address to write you directly, but when I couldn't, I thought I would leave a quick comment here; I hope it's okay.

    I gather its not a new article from you, but I just read your post about soul mates a few minutes ago. I feel like you wrote that specifically for me because its something I'd been struggling with lately, my inability to make sense of my feelings, or talk to anyone was making things quite difficult for me and for us as a couple.

    Your article made complete sense to me, and spoke to my spirit and my heart. I know what I have to do now, and I have to thank you for helping me realize this. <3

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    1. Hi Monie,
      I hope that you read this. So my email is: momentsofchunder@gmail.com. I was trying to find where I posted it on here as well. haha. Apparently it's at the bottom of my "About me" page. Anyway sorry it was hard to find. I am so glad that you wrote though. I'd love for you to email me and to talk to you anytime. I don't think you are alone and I wasn't either. In fact literally almost everyone that I told my story too had a very similar one. Even if at some point they had thought they had married their soul mate they at some point questioned it. I believe that is so normal. I also firmly believe that that doesn't mean that we didn't. :) Thanks so much for writing.

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