Kathy was born in Ft Bragg, NC in 1949. Her parents met and married at the end of WWII in Austria. Her father was an Army Captain, her mother an Army nurse. She enjoyed the childhood of the traveling “Army Brat” that enriched her life and widened her horizons.
Her early careers included an unsuccessful stint as a jockey followed by a little more productive, race horse training business. She then spent nearly 22 years in the convenience store business, starting out as a third shift clerk working her way up to a District Manager position at Flash Foods, responsible for running one third of the company. During this time, as a single mother, she helped to send her three children to college. Inspired by her children and parents she completed her own BA degree in International Studies with a minor in Spanish at Georgia Southern University after fourteen years of night classes. During her last year at Georgia Southern she wrote her first book, Dear Dad.
Writing had always been a part of her life that she wanted to pursue. During high school she had been the editor of her high school paper. Upon her retirement from Flash Foods in 2014 she relocated to Blue Ridge, GA to be close to her children and grandchildren. Here she has engaged in many volunteer opportunities that included becoming the newsletter editor for the Benton MacKaye Trail Association. She also participates as a volunteer at the Blue Ridge Community Theater and is a Friend of the Fannin County Library as well as a member of the Blue Ridge Poets and Writers Group.
Some of her favorite things include running, triathlons, hiking, anything Star Wars or Lord of the Rings, Stephen Colbert, animals, Jeopardy, history, travel, reading and the Atlanta Falcons.
Dear Dad chronicles the journey of General Judson F. Miller’s experiences in WW II as a 2nd Lieutenant commanding a tank platoon of 20 men and five tanks. Landing in France in mid-July 1944, he fought across Europe, surviving the Hurtgen Forest as well as the Battle of the Bulge. After the war ended, he remained on occupation duty. We are drawn into his personal accounting of the war through his letters home. More than 60 letters, never before published, take us into the realities of the coming of age that molded him as a man and his 34-year Army career which would include wars in Korea and Vietnam.
In a unique and touching perspective, his letters are intertwined with correspondence written by his oldest daughter to him after his death. She shares the grief of losing her father as well as the regret of not being able to finish reading his war letters with him while he still lived. She captivates the reader with compelling family stories and childhood confessions of humor, tragedy, and love that resonate with us all.
"Williams’ responses are thoughtful, quirky, and heartfelt. The combination is charming and thoroughly American...An innovative epistolary memoir about grief and family." — Kirkus Reviews
Paperback | ISBN 978-1-944193-20-1 | 372 Pages
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Military
FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Military Families
Thursday, 9 June
Book signing, KD's Café, 10am—2pm, Waycross, GA