In this hilarious debut memoir, Kathy Varner reflects on a life lived on the fringes of ordinary. From an awkward childhood as the youngest of five, living off sweets and processed foods, to a wild adolescence of drinking, drugs and Deadhead hijinks, to a harrowing career with social services. Kathy takes it all in stride, embracing the beauty and pain of life with a sardonic wit and a sense of adventure that remains undampened – no matter how wacky things get.
Kathy is a paralegal by profession but a writer by passion. For twenty years she has been working for four attorneys who specialize in child abuse work. Unsolicited advice: Don’t do that. Four attorneys is about three attorneys too many. The job makes Kathy think humans are a lousy species. It’s partly true. She may have a better outlook if she changes her career to delivering flowers.
When Kathy is not working or writing you may find her gardening, cooking, hiking with her Shelties, dancing to her husband’s bands, reading, laughing and, hopefully in the future, riding her bike through the Outer Hebrides in Scotland.
Kathy is about as mind-blown as the ending to The Usual Suspects that she got an offer from a book publisher. Perhaps this will enable her to quit her sad job and embark on a career crafting stories.