PSWA Member Kathleen Ryan
Marilyn: First, Kathleen, tell us about your background.
I retired from the SCPD in 2007 after 21 years. I worked in Patrol, Public Information, and Crime Stoppers. I handled the media during the tragedy of Flight 800 in July 1996, and the Katie Beers kidnapping in December & January 1992.
Before that, I was a music teacher (I received my B.A. in Music Education from C.W. Post College, Long Island University), but I also had many other jobs...I was a waitress, a gal Friday, I worked in a deli, a bakery, I delivered mail, I was an assistant choral director at USDAN in Dix Hills (where artists like Mariah Carey and Natalie Portman spent their summer.)
Marilyn: I have a feeling there's more. I've met Kathleen at the PSWA conference, and she just bubbles over.
Kathleen: You're right, In the early 80s when teaching jobs were scarce and I taught music privately, I also worked for the Street Pulse Group; I used to poll radio stations across the U.S. and ask for their play list. My boss, who wrote a column in Rolling Stone ("On Target"), had a business to recommend to record buyers which records to buy and which ones to hold off on; he was monitoring consumer buying habits and trends. It was a really fun job. I still remember some of the songs and bands that were so popular at the time. My boss wanted me to work for him in Connecticut when he left Long Island, but I turned it down. He went on to co-found SoundScan, VideoScan, & BookScan. I'd say he was quite a trend-spotter! Maybe I should have followed him to CT!
Marilyn: And what are you up to now? I'm sure it's plenty.
Kathleen: I have a story in The Southampton Review, "The Watcher" (it won the PSWA Creative Nonfiction Award last year), which is available online:
Also, my story, "Playing with Matches" will be in W.W. Norton's Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories Told in 25 Words or Fewer, which is available for pre-order on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Hint-Fiction-Anthology-Stories-Words/dp/0393338460/) and Barnes & Noble (http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Hint-Fiction/Robert-Swartwood/e/9780393338461/).
(Marilyn's note: You'll have to copy and paste those URLs in your browser, I'm afraid I'll make a mistake trying to copy them to make them click through.)
Kathleen: I have a story called, "Fraternization" in Six Sentences: The Love Book that's available for purchase: https://www.createspace.com/3430617. I also have a story called, "Autumn Reckoning" that will be in the forthcoming Six Sentences: Volume 3.
Marilyn: Tell us more about your true crime memoir.
Kathleen: I recently blogged about visiting certain locations in Southampton concerning the victim in my true crime memoir: http://www.womenofmystery.net/2010/04/mtm-my-visits-to-southampton-new-york.html. I am almost complete with polishing.
I hope to take advantage soon of having my one-time review by an editor via PSWA, and then I'll be querying. I have a couple of agents interested in reading the manuscript already.
Marilyn: Thank you, Kathleen. I'm hoping for the best for the true crime, I'd like to read it. And, I'm looking forward to seeing you again in Las Vegas at the PSWA conference. http://www.publicsafetywriter.com
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