Welcome

I really appreciate you taking the time to explore my website, where you can read excerpts from my novels, screenplays, poetry, and other creative projects.

Unlike most writers whose inspiration comes from reading the work of other fiction writers, I find that I’m more inspired by music and musicians. In my opinion, there isn’t a more personal form of communication and creative expression than music. You’ll find that many of my characters are also heavily influenced by music, and as I’m writing I always imagine the film in my head and the music I want to use for every scene.

I like to put my characters in situations where they are forced to step outside of their comfort zones, push the envelope to achieve their dreams, and never say die when faced with seemingly insurmountable obstacles or overwhelming tragedy. I’m not interested in writing about characters who play it safe and limit themselves based on what society dictates, so you will see that I always try to challenge my characters at every twist and turn.

Check out Music By Jake Bugg

I had such an amazing time at the Jake Bugg concert at Ace of Spades in Sacramento last night (9/9/16). If you have not heard of this awesome musician/singer/songwriter, you need to check him out. I posted some links to a couple of his songs. I had the pleasure of meeting him after the show, and can say he is such a genuinely sweet and humble person. At age 22, he has a very bright future ahead. He is already so extremely talented. I was so impressed with him.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9XwFecNXyU Two Fingers

My Write Up for the Johnny Marr California Jam Tour Book

I was so honored to have the pleasure of having my write up for the Johnny Marr Sacramento Ace of Spades show included in the CA Jam Tour Book.

Here is the PDF link to check it out:

http://johnnymarrvellous.com/californiajam.pdf

I Met Johnny Marr!!!!!

In March I had the great pleasure and honor of meeting my favorite guitarist, Johnny Marr. I have admired his work since the 80s when he was with The Smiths, and more recently enjoyed his solo material. He is definitely a guitar genius!!! He was so nice to come out after the show to talk to all of us fans hoping he would do just that. He is the most kind and genuine person you could ever hope to meet. I could not believe I was standing on a street corner in Midtown Sacramento talking to Johnny Marr about my dreams of starting a band.

Link to Kathey Norton Interview on Twirl Radio 11-21-15

I had an absolute blast on Twirl Radio (KUBU 96.5 Sacramento), where I had the pleasure of being interviewed by host Mike Lidskin, and the opportunity to bring a playlist of great songs that inspired my rock and roll based novel, What Becomes a Legend Most.

This link below is for the interview portion only, but I included the playlist below in case you want to check out some of these great songs in your spare time. Click on the 11-21-2014 interview link.

http://twirlradio.com/twirlcasts/

Playlist

A&U Magazine Review of Double Life by Kathey Norton

Please check out this amazing review by A&U Magazine of my novel, Double Life. Thanks so much to Alina Oswald for understanding the real message of Double Life.

A&U published my one-act screenplay, "Precious Lives" in 2012.

Review: http://www.aumag.org/2015/10/08/double-life/

Link to A&U: http://www.aumag.org/

Kathey Norton To Be Interviewed for Twirl Radio 11-21-2015

Excited to say that I will be appearing on Twirl Radio today to be interviewed by host, Mike Lidskin, about my rock and roll based novel, What Becomes a Legend Most. Even more fun I get to Co-DJ with Mike and play some songs that inspired the book. Please tune in to listen to all of the musical surprises we have in store.

You can livestream at www.twirlradio.com or listen at KUBU 96.5 Sacramento.

It will be a blast!

Kathey

What Becomes a Legend Most and Double Life-Interviews

My novels, Double Life and What Becomes a Legend Most are available in print and as eBooks on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powell's Books, iBooks, and Kobo. Sacramento people can get them at Dimple Books on Arden. If you want to learn more about the books before purchasing, check out the interviews I did for each one on "Insight with Beth Ruyak." I included links to both interviews below. If you already bought a copy and read it, please post a review on Amazon. Indie writers need your reviews.

New Ad for "Double Life" Novel

I have a new ad running on the San Francisco Book Review website for my new novel, "Double Life." Check it out!

To purchase "Double Life," please click here:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2/183-4828414-5270054?url=search-...

"Insight" Interview for Double Life

I had the great pleasure last week of visiting Capital Public Radio to be interviewed for "Insight With Beth Ruyak." We talked about my latest novel, "Double Life." Here is a link to that interview, which was recorded on 6/24/15. Also, on that same page, is another interview that I did with Beth on 9/9/14, for my rock and roll novel, "What Becomes a Legend Most."

http://www.capradio.org/news/insight/2015/06/24/insight-062415d/

Book Signing May 23rd (12-2 p.m.)

Just a reminder that I'm having a book signing this weekend at Dimple Books (12-2 p.m., 2499 Arden Way, Sacramento).

I will sign copies of my novels, What Becomes a Legend Most and Double Life.

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Featured Poem of the Month

Face in the Crowd

Why do things come so easily to some?
While others have to struggle to no avail.
All the doors are bolted shut,
And a closed sign hangs in the window.

Why is good fortune so unequally distributed?
Maybe to preserve the uniqueness of it all.
Is believing enough to keep us going?
Or is resignation inevitable?

Is what we are now all we will ever be?
And when should we accept who we are and won’t ever become?
Can we learn to silence the voice within us?
And just be a face in the crowd.

The thought of living just an ordinary life is frightening.
Being a slave to the nine to five grind and planning for retirement is mind numbing,
Death from boredom engulfs me,
And I refuse to accept this version of reality.

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