Kathleen D. Bailey
Above, my father's family in the late 20s, 30s and 40s...
A child in the 50s, a young adult in the 60s and 70s, a young mom in the 80s. How could I NOT write?
At left, a very young me with my very young parents and all the hope the new decade promised.
I’m a freelance writer with 35 years’ experience in the nonfiction, newspaper and inspirational field. Born in 1951, I was a child in the 50s, a teen in the 60s, a young adult in the 70s, and a young mom in the 80s. It’s been a turbulent, colorful time to grow up, and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it and written about most of it.
I attended a mixture of public and parochial schools, graduating in 1969 from Bishop Brady High School in Concord, NH. I spent a few years working in Boston before returning to New Hampshire to study at the University of New Hampshire, Durham. I graduated in 1974 with a bachelor’s in English Literature, cum laude.
I married David W. Bailey in 1977, and we crossed the country to Colorado Springs, where he attended Nazarene Bible College.
He pastored briefly in the Midwest after graduation, and we returned to New Hampshire in the 1980s. I wrote for magazines and newspapers while my children were small. I later did a 12-year stint with Seacoast Newspapers, Portsmouth, NH as a community news editor and staff writer.
When my position at the Portsmouth Herald was eliminated in May 2006 I worked for five years as a freelance writer, supplying copy to the New Hampshire Union Leader, the weekly Hooksett Banner, the Exeter News-Letter, and New Hampshire ToDo Magazine. I also provided Web site content to Prudential Verani Realty of Londonderry, NH. In addition, I worked as a substitute teacher and as a test scorer for Measured Progress in Dover, NH. In July 2011 I accepted a full-time staff position with the Nutfield News in Derry, New Hampshire, and worked for them for six years covering local government. I semi-retired this spring to pursue my writing. I currently provide copy to the Exeter News-Letter, the New Hampshire Union Leader and the St. Anselm College "Portraits" alumni magazine.
I am an active member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, blog on the Seekerville and Writers Alley sites, and have an active critiquing relationship with another writer. I mentor other writers, speak to writers’ groups, judge writing contests, and continue to enjoy the world of words.
My extended family, above, some time in the early 50s. I'm front row, second from left.
At left, my maternal great-grandmother with her family.