Kathy Coogan
Freelance Writer

Who I Am
What I Do

The task of writing an autobiography for a website is a daunting one, especially if you are a normal Mid-Western woman. We don’t toot our own horns easily. If this were a resume I would do a bullet list and bore you to death with the ordinariness of it. But this bio deals with what I love to do and what I am good at. It is the reason for this website. Writing.

Of course writing always begins with reading. As I grew up, as I read, I would swoon over a sentence or a paragraph. And the oddest thing would happen. Occasionally I would think to myself, only to myself, I could do that. I wrote privately.

My job, in addition to being a wife and mother, was to manage our rental real estate. Not much writing there. But I was a dandy with a battery-operated screwdriver and cell phone to call in the Pros when I got in over my head.

With the purchase of my first personal computer, I realized that the Internet offered opportunity for writers. A friend opened the first door, asking me to write an article for his golf magazine. Off it went, via email. It was in print in a few weeks and I was hooked.

I began writing and selling creative non-fiction and commentary pieces to newspapers and magazines. Topics as profound as 9-11-2001 and the shame of priests’ abuse compelled me to write. Shallow themes - the supersizing of grocery stores and the bizarre urban theft of wheelchairs – provided fodder for my pen.

Personal events occurred. My grandson Ben was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age three. I would write about that for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). More non-profits would knock on my door.

Small businesses invited me to draft letters, newsletters and news releases. I edited a book written by a physician and the centennial history of a country club.

And then there came fiction and writers’ critique groups and submissions to story competitions and some prizes. Two friends and I met regularly to diminish the isolation that writing requires.

We decided we needed to enter the modern world of writing, to create a website for writers. This site www.writers-resources-cafe.com was born, developed by another writer-web-designer-friend. The adage, “It’s not what you know but who you know,” has been my fortunate motto.

Now comes the publication of my short story collection, Babies’ Breath and other Stories (and How They Were Born). Babies’ Breath was an award-winning story in an international crime fiction competition and that’s a horn I’ll gladly toot.

So that’s who I am and what I have done so far. So far – such an intriguing phrase.


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Follow any of these links to my Writers Resources Cafe articles, essays and short stories. Come back frequently to read the lastest offerings. Enjoy!

First my work as a freelance writer is examined at these links:

Freelance Roots

Ready for Reality?

Whose Point Of View? Yours or Your Publishers?

Freelance Writers Revise, Revise, Revise

A Published Rant Against Super-sizing

A Commissioned Article About JDRF

Using a Personal Experience to Get Published


The essay form can be used to observe, explain and defend. Here are several essays, some professionally detached, some emotionally charged.

How We Begin

Cynicism in Suburbia

Duffers Love Golf, Too

In Sickness and In Health

Anne Lamott Hates Me

My Trip To (And From) The Acupuncturist

A Woman of a Certain Age (Shhh!)

Golf is a Noun

One Post-Holiday Perspective

Information Seeps In...

Write like Linus

Charity Begins at Home

Are You Smart OR Are You Nice?

Obituary Portraits

The Melting Pot

The Serenity Prayer

Dinosaur or Cougar

Warning to Snow Birds

Random Pairings

What not to say

Breaking up is hard to do.

So you want to make a website?

I Hate My Husband's weather Radio

Wolves in Shepherd's Clothing

Elevator Phobia from Word Prompt

Hearing Loss Story from Word Prompt

Mother Then and Now

Choking Up

Mother Knows Best>/a>

Walking Backwards in your Mind

Between The Covers

Forty Hour Fourth of July

Darren Clarke wins The Open Championship.

A Book Shelf Half Full is Not Enough

Stroke of Insight

Cynicism Trumps Optimism

Kathy's Review of Aging Well by George Vaillant M.D.

Between the Covers Book Club

Big Family Vacation

Loving Books

Life as I Know it is Over!

The 2011 British Open

Mother Knows Best?

Our Sheepdogs


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