Kate Padilla

About Kate Padilla

Kate Padilla has long enjoyed reading, and for the last decade, combined her writing skills and book pleasure to review books for Authorlink.

Kate’s journalism career began in high school with a weekly column in her hometown newspaper, and later, after graduating from the University of Wyoming, she moved into newspapers as a reporter and editor and also as a radio news director. She subsequently worked as a U.S. Senate staffer helping write legislation and then as a public lands manager for the Department of Interior until her retirement. Now, she is an award-winning poet, artist and writer living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her passion is exploring, traveling to places not often frequented by tourists, ranging from Albania in the Balkans to isolated Honduran islands in the Caribbean.

Not surprisingly Kate favors foreign authors because they immerse her in other worlds and cultures, books such as those written by Nobel Prize winner Naguib Mahfouz, who writes about the Arab world, or Milan Kundera, from Czechoslovakia. Any book written by women with Latin or Mexican roots is a must, she says, listing authors Isabel Allende and Sandra Cisneros as idols. She never passes up a poetry book sent her way, though they are a challenge to review because the poetry is subjective. She also enjoys a good detective novel, and at times, magical fanaticism. Her review favorites include offerings from the Library of America, a nonprofit that collects and preserves writings from America’s key authors. If she had a genre she doesn’t prefer, it would likely be most Western novels. Her pet peeves are preachy religious or moralizing books, those that demean women or have disregard for the environment.

Kate's book of poetry Apples Rot on the Ground is now available at Finishing Line Press. https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/apples-rot-on-the-ground-by-kate-padilla/

Author Archives for Kate Padilla

It's My Party by Jeanette Watson

Book Review: It’s My Party by Jeanette Watson

February 2, 2018 2:00 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

It's My Party, Jeanette Watson, Turtle Point Press - Jeanette Watson’s memoir, “It’s My Party,” will make your eyes glaze. Alas, it’s like a bad party encounter, when somebody rambles on about riches and “famous” people his or her family has wined and dined. 

Ross Macdonald: Four Later Novels

October 12, 2017 3:20 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Ross Macdonald: Four Later Novels, Library of America - The work of Ross Macdonald, who the New York Times Book Review once lauded America’s best detective novelist, is featured in a four-novel collection just issued by the Library of America.

Unquiet Spirits by Bonnie MacBird

Unquiet Spirits by Bonnie MacBird

September 9, 2017 7:29 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Unquiet Spirits, Bonnie MacBird, Harper Collins - “Unquiet Spirits,’ a new Sherlock Holmes adventure, rediscovers the intrigue of Arthur Conan Doyle’s century-old detective stories. Author Bonnie MacBird, a devoted Sherlock fan, follows Doyle’s precepts in her book.

Trophy Son by Douglas Brunt

Trophy Son by Douglas Brunt

June 30, 2017 8:54 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Trophy Son, Douglas Brunt, St. Martins Press - Douglas Brunt’s crisply written novel, “Trophy Son,” details the lonely and painful journey of a young tennis player to the top of the professional ranks.