Kathy McClurken Hanson
Kathy has been writing since she was a child, when her parents forced her to leave her room to watch television so she would develop normally. Educated as a registered nurse, she went on to study business and technical writing, as well as creative writing. During her career as a freelance writer, she served as a consultant for business clients, writing Web content, marketing materials, public relations pieces, and training materials. Her feature stories, news articles and columns appeared in The Des Moines Register Ames Life & Times, until her writing caught the eye of The Ames Tribune, where she was employed as a staff writer. Her coverage of K-12 Education drew the attention of the Ames Community School District, which recruited her as Director of Community and Public Relations.
Kathy lives in Ames, Iowa with her husband Scott and her long-haired dachshund Roger. When she isn’t writing or composing, she’s spending time with her six adult children and their partners, immersing herself in the imaginative lives of her grandchildren, building reciprocal relationships with people who are sometimes overlooked, such as adults with autism; and keeping up with friends.
Since her retirement in 2017, Kathy has been polishing her personal body of work, which includes fiction, poetry and original music.
Kathy is a member of Central Iowa Authors Circle, a writers group dedicated to honing the writer’s craft and the art of publication.