The Words and Wonder of Author Kathleen Shoop
By Amanda Allis
Having a dream of success is the best of beginnings. As Shawn Achor said “The more you believe in your own ability to succeed the more likely it is that you will.” Local author Kathleen Shoop epitomizes just that. Knowing that she was passionate about writing and had a voice that needed to be heard she decided to take on the daunting task of becoming a writer and she was not willing give up until she was at the top of the best seller’s list. Her twenty years of experience as an educator provided her with many tools needed to accomplish this task. And accomplish it she has.
She quickly picked up steam and had a very fast forming following. The publication of her first novel in 2011 – “The Last Letter” – was a turning point that would solidify her standing in the literary community. No matter if readers loved it or not they could not stop talking about the book and its characters. Kathleen’s love of writing began at a very young age. Her father wrote every day while she was growing up which made a large impact. Then during a trip to California while in college she went on a multitude of adventures that she thought would make for fantastic stories. She determined that once she was finished with her dissertation she was going to add her dream of writing to her list of things to do.
After her dissertation was completed and she received a PhD in Reading Education she began to write her first book, but sadly nothing was to come from that piece. Fortunately, even though the chaos and tribulations of daily life she was determined to keep writing. After some time had passed she decided to try publishing her books on her own. Within her first month of publishing “The Last Letter” she had sold over 2,000 copies.
From there her popularity soared with no signs of slowing down. Over the last 5 years she has published numerous novels and collaborated on several other pieces. Kathleen specializes in the genres of historical fiction, women’s fiction and romance.
Kathleen has been awarded Independent Publisher Book Awards, Eric Hoffer Book Awards, Indie Excellence Awards, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Readers’ Favorite and the San Francisco Book Festival. Kathleen has been featured in USA Today and the Writer’s Guide to 2013. Her work has appeared in The Tribune-Review, four Chicken Soup for the Soul books and Pittsburgh Parent magazine.
She has managed to become an unbelievable success on top of being an amazing mother to two beautiful children and an indispensable member of the Oakmont community.