Arrr, Matey, it’s WEbook of the WEek Time


Ahoy, salty WEbookers! July 4th slowed me down, but not
even the start of the first ever
WEbook voting cycle
(now accepting submissions – voting begins July 18) can
make WEbook of the WEek walk the plank.

“Hey, Melissa, what’s up with the pirate slang?”

Good question. I’m
blogging like a pirate in honor of today’s WEbooker
of the WEek
KateGray. I was taking a look at the Top Writers page the other day,
when I noticed this funny avatar:Pirate_3

I clicked on it, and discovered KateGray. Now, KateGray readily admits that
she is not the brains behind this clever graphic. (If someone knows who made this image, let me
know, so I can give them credit!) However, she does like pirates! That’s enough to encourage me to take a look
at her writing.

It turns out that KateGray is a writer of many
talents. She has contributed poetry, non-fiction,
a novel, and stories both short
and long to a
total of eight WEbook
. It’s an impressive body of
work, but the thing that really earned KateGray  the title of WEbooker
of the WEek
(no, it wasn’t the pirate avatar) is her project Shorts, only
halfway pulled up
a group of unfinished stories, sketches, fragments,
and bits of fiction that KateGray
isn’t too happy with.

“Wait a second, Melissa, you’re rewarding someone for not finishing her stories?”

As a matter of fact, I am. These Shorts
showcase KateGray’s
strengths: Her vivid imagery, her
confident narration, and her command of the language. But even more important than the stories' potential is KateGray’s
courage and resourcefulness. She’s got
some beginnings she cares about; she doesn’t know what to do next; so she posts
them on WEbook to get help with her next
big idea. Now that’s putting the WE back in WEbook! Get over to Shorts,
only halfway pulled up
and help KateGray take these stories to
the next level – but first, let’s get up close and personal with our newest WEbooker
of the WEek

was born on Friday the 13th. She
graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in
classical archaeology, and confesses to “dreams of going overseas and spending
a lot of time being dusty and extremely studious.” Instead, she became an officer in the Marine
Corps, where she met her husband. When
she’s not writing, she’s busy raising her two sons, ages two and seven. The oldest is autistic (read about it here),
and the youngest is “like a bottle of nitroglycerine.” In case that doesn’t tell you enough about KateGray, I asked her a few
more WEbooker
of the WEek

Q: KateGray, what are three verbs that best capture your

A: My husband’s
response was in adjectives, despite my directions, so I had to modify them into
verbs. Withheld (shy), contending (stubborn), roused (passionate). I figured
he’d be more objective than I could be about myself.

Q: What is your most professionally useless area
of expertise?

A: Running
with a jogging stroller
. It’s not as easy as it sounds, especially if you
have a child riding who likes to heave his body side to side while imprecating

Q: What is the longest flight you’ve ever been

A: Seoul, October,
2001. I was all set to teach English overseas. When I arrived after three movies and eighteen hours, I found that my
employers were in breach of contract over nearly everything. They even told me
that they needed my passport for an unspecified period of time! I quickly went
back to the airport, as they’d given me an open-ended return ticket, and got
the first standby flight out of there. I
got home to New England some thirteen hours later.

When you’re done checking out KateGray’s Shorts,
be sure to vote on her novel, Sleep, currently in
contention to become the next published

Happy writing!

-- Melissa

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