Award winning author Kathryn Mattingly teaches creative writing at a local college and has always had a passion for the written word. Her short fiction has appeared in various themed anthologies, and in Dark Discoveries magazine. Kathryn’s debut novel, Benjamin, was a New Century Quarterly Finalist, and her short story collection, Fractured Hearts, includes several of her award winning stories. Kathryn enjoys mentoring other writers and is a judge for a couple different annual literary contests. Her writing is inspired by places she has lived or traveled and by real-life events.
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Caught between a past that haunts her and a future that seems unclear, Professor Kylie Hudson finds herself on a journey that presents more questions than answers. Beginning with her sister’s death, and the delivery of a teak wood chest, Kylie’s quest for the truth uncovers a history of secrets and lies. To move forward, Kylie must sort through the events and relationships of her life and come to terms with what she finds. Confronted with the knowledge that her future is ultimately up to her, she is forced to turn her search for answers inward—what she finds may surprise even her.
“Mattingly deftly pulls the reader into a tale of motherhood forestalled, motherhood denied, obsession, and unlimited love that quickly builds to a complex of conflicting motives playing out against the brilliant backdrop of the Hawaiian landscape.”
—James Benton, Award Winning Writer & Poet; Instructor at Eastern Oregon University
“… an adventure-filled story of self-discovery…”
—Naima Mora, America’s Top Model, Recording Artist, Author of Model Behavior
Not for the faint of heart, these timeless tales deal with every type of love that drive us to do what we do—for better or for worse. Whether whimsical ghosts in love with art or cats transformed by the full moon, you’ll wonder if even the most unbelievable is somehow true. From a gypsy child in Rome to a widow in Aruba, the stories transport you to faraway places. Death by disease, murder, or tragic accident change the lives of these fictitious characters we can all relate to on some level. Emotional, passion driven decisions abound within this spellbinding volume of short stories.
After a brief affair with a man that would exit her life as completely as he had entered it, Victoria Agostini makes the heartfelt decision to raise their son Benjamin, alone. Through a dramatic set of events, the boy’s special gift leads her back into the life of this man who unknowingly fathered Benjamin, and she is suddenly faced with the complications of this reunion. Wondering whether father and son are mere mortals or something more, her confusion about faith and the complexities of love present difficult questions. Answers are hard earned as she struggles to protect what matters most to her–Benjamin.
“Mattingly writes with an artist’s flair, richly interweaving passion and suspense in this heartfelt tale of forbidden love and its unforeseen consequences. By turns poignant and shocking, Benjamin is at once a literary romance and a contemporary thriller, rife with spiritual themes and stunning plot twists. A must for readers who delight in a dramatic situation from which there is no apparent escape…” – Eldon Thompson, Screenwriter and Author of epic fantasy series, The Legend of Asahiel
“Kathryn Mattingly has created a story and characters brimming with emotion, intelligence and spirituality. The book takes a number of twists and turns but never forgets to keep us grounded as we join her narrator’s journey, from her being mystified to sanctified and, ultimately, to finding fulfillment.”– Ed Goldman, columnist, Sacramento Business Journal