Katherine (Kim) McDermott, a native Charlestonian, has just published her
second novel, Abbey’s Tale. McDermott grew up in West Ashley, graduated from Middleton High School, received a B.A. in English from the College of Charleston, and earned Master’s Degree in Counseling from The Citadel. She retired after 28 years as an English teacher and guidance counselor in Charleston County Schools. She is currently an adjunct English Professor at Trident Technical College.
Abbey’s Tale is a historical romance. An immigrant from Ireland, Jeremy McKetcheon, agrees to take the place of a wealthy New Englander drafted into the Civil War. Jeremy suffers a disfiguring injury when an enemy shell set his tent on fire and one side of his face is terribly burned. After the war, he becomes a reclusive lighthouse keeper on an island off the coast of Maine. He fears he will never find acceptance, inclusion, and love.
Abbey Morrison has been blind since birth, but she “sees” the world through the intricate wood carvings of her father, who delivers mail and supplies to Lighthouse Island. She wonders about the artist who secrets himself away from others. She convinces her father to let her meet him. When they are caught in a raging storm, Jeremy sees their distress from the parapet and attempts to rescue them. What happens will change all their lives forever.
McDermott has free-lanced for numerous regional and national publications including: The State newspaper, Charleston Magazine, Standard, Blue Ridge Country, Reader’s Digest, Christian Single, Home Life, Straight, Evangel, Smokey Mountain Magazine, and others. She won the Blue Ridge Christian Writer’s award in l987. Her first book, All Work, All Play was published by Marco. She has two children’s books, a chapter book aimed at elementary age children entitled The Underwear Tree and a picture book, Les Petits Gardes. With Margie Clary, she co-authored The South Carolina Lighthouses published by Arcadia Publishing. In 2015, she published her suspense romance novel Hiding published by The Wild Rose Press. Her latest release, Abbey’s Tale, is also published by Wild Rose. Hiding won Honorable Mention in the Louisiana Romance Writers 2011 Contest and received a Daphne Du Maurier award at the National Romance Writer’s 2012 Conference. Her books are available at thewildrosepress.com and Amazon.com.