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Kate Merrill

Kate Merrill at her lake home
Charlotte, Kate's goden retriever

Kate is a passionate writer and longtime art gallery owner. After graduating from Wittenberg University with degrees in fine arts and English Literature, she opened her first two art galleries in suburban Philadelphia, and for the past two decades, has owned a gallery in Davidson, NC. Her novels are often informed by her years in the art business.


She has published a dozen books, mostly mysteries and romantic suspense. After penning two traditional romances, she created the Diana Rittenhouse Mystery series (5 books) featuring a Yankee real estate agent who begins a new life in the south. To lend authenticity to these titles, she obtained her broker’s license and sold real estate. Then Amanda Rittenhouse, Diana’s daughter, took over the mystery series, allowing Kate to develop a lesbian character. (4 books, more on the way) She also wrote a non-fiction title about Addie James, an American folk artist she adored and represented as well as editing a collection of poetry by Herbert Merrill called North Shore. (Kate’s father was a renowned poet in the mid Twentieth Century.)


Kate lives with her family on a lake in North Carolina. When she isn’t writing or creating driftwood sculpture, she enjoys swimming, boating, playing with her cats, and allowing her strong-headed golden retriever to take her for a walk.

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