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Kathryn Spira

From a Columnist to an Author

So guys, I finally completed my memoirs and am anxiously awaiting the proofs to arrive. I enclose a digital copy of the cover art.

The idea was born when I initially saw Herman having his mystery being published. Last December (2014) is when the book came out on Kindle and in June it came out in book form.

The whole process of writing my memoirs was a bit more complicated than I had initially thought it would be. Certainly, I had my previous columns from the past twenty years that I could refer to on my website, , and was a giant help.

Interestingly enough, I found myself being surprised at how differently I used to write the column. Whereas I used to write about daily life with my cats and my dog and bathing suits, I started focusing on my experiences pursuing my acting career. This change occurred at the suggestion of my editors and was phased in gradually over the last ten years.

I have to admit that I love writing to you guys each Sunday; which has been basically the springboard to writing my memoirs.

Part of the process of putting this book together involved Herman and I going through all my head shots, and choosing which picture would go with the appropriate chapter. The book is twenty-six chapters and two hundred and fifty pages. There is a lot of new information and personal trivia about me that I hope you guys will find interesting. It should be available well before Christmas at Mysteries on Main Street in Johnstown as well as on where it is being published.

I owe a big thank you to my former Sunday Editor Shawn M. Tomlinson who designed the book, prepared it for publication and wrote an Editor’s Note for it. You can find many of his books on both Amazon and websites.

I enclose the following excerpt form the author’s note:

“It was never my goal to be a newspaper columnist. I wanted to be an actress or maybe sing and dance on stage. But along the way to my dream, I was diagnosed with MS.

I can tell you that this diagnosis has turned into a gift that changed my perspective on life and what was important. Along the way, many people have been helpful, caring, loving and supportive. This book of my memoirs is a culmination of my experiences as well as a tribute to all those people, family and friends who have helped me along the way. This support has been overwhelming.”


About Kathryn Spira

Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland, OH who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues freelance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County, New York. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site