Kathleen Burkinshaw

Kathleen Burkinshaw

I am a writer, a wife, and a mom of an 19-year- old daughter. I have a dog who is a kitchen ninja. I also live with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), a neurological chronic pain disease.

Nurturing my creative side does not take away my pain, but it helps me to push through it and live my life in spite of it.

My MG historical fiction novel, THE LAST CHERRY BLOSSOM, is the portrayal of a 12 year old girl's daily life in Hiroshima during the last year of World War II. Not only are there changes within her country, but there are changes and secrets uncovered in her own family. Ultimately, she must decide how she will overcome the impact August 6th has on her family and its secrets.I am proud to say it is based on my mother’s life.

I have visited middle schools to present my mother’s experience for the past 5 years as I worked on this manuscript. I continue and look forward to making these non political presentations each year. If interested, please contact me.

In July 2013, I won 1st place in the Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators of the Carolinas’ Writing Contest in the Novel category! in September 2013 Anna Olswanger, of Olswanger Literary LLC, offered me representation.

I am thrilled to announce that on AUGUST 2, 2016, THE LAST CHERRY BLOSSOM will be published by Skyhorse Publishing, New York City, and coming to a book store near you!!!!!!!.