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Meet the Editor

Kathrese McKee is an experienced editor, fiction author, teacher, speaker, and blogger. She is passionate about helping other authors prepare their manuscripts for publication with one-on-one coaching and mentoring. As a former ESL and Reading teacher, she is committed to to exciting stories, appropriate content, and quality craftsmanship. She is an award-winning author of Young Adult epic adventure fantasy.

Her current project is writing the highly-regarded Mardan's Mark series. Currently, she serves as president of the ACFW chapter in The Woodlands, Texas.

"I have given over my manuscripts and my self esteem to Kathrese, my writing and critique partner, and she miraculously improves both! Not only does she ferret out my inconsistencies and plot convolutions, but she also handles my sensitive writer’s ego with care and gentleness. She’s a detail-oriented editor for writers who need a logical, linear thought process applied to their fiction.”

Laura Anderson Kurk, author of Glass Girl and Perfect Glass, and managing editor of Birch House Press

Your story is important to me, but since you're here, maybe you want to learn mine.

My parents must have know—somehow—that I'd grow up to be an author. After all, they stuck me with a name that's perfect for Amazon and Google. In case you're curious, Kathrese is pronounced as if it has a "three" in it, and the last letter is silent. And it looks great on the cover of a book, if I do say so myself. Good thing I married someone named McKee, isn't it?

Before I became an author and editor, I had a few other careers: systems engineer at EDS, real estate agent for Keller Williams, and more recently, Reading and ESL teacher for Cypress-Fairbanks ISD in the Houston area.​

But I should have known how it would be when my very first real boss started asking me to edit his reports for his bosses. And that was only the beginning.

Back Cover Bio:

Texas author, Kathrese McKee, writes epic adventures for young adults and anyone else who enjoys pirates and princesses combined with life's difficult questions. She is committed to exciting stories, appropriate content, and quality craftsmanship.

Once upon a time, Kathrese worked as a systems engineer for EDS and various oil and gas companies. After that, she taught Reading and ESL at the middle school level. These days, she edits fiction, home schools her children, and turns a blind eye to the feral dust bunnies lurking beneath her desk.

Professional Organizations:

  • Silver Member of The Christian PEN, otherwise known as The Christian Proofreaders and Editors Network.
  • Member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), an international association of Christian fiction authors.
  • President of ACFW, The Woodlands, Texas..


Author Blog: kathresemckee.com
Group Blog: Scriblerians.com



Award-winning Author

My work has won a few awards over the last few years, but I'm more interested in the opinions of my readers. So I'll include the list and the links below, in case you're interested:

Mardan's Mark, the first book in the Mardan's Mark series, has won a couple of awards:

  • Winner: 2014 Novel Rocket Launch Pad Contest, MG/YA Category
  • Finalist: 2014 Phoenix Rattler writing contest, Christian Writers of the West (CWOW) - Arizona's ACFW affiliate
  • ​The synopsis for Mardan's Mark also won the Save Our Synopses Contest in 2014, an annual contest held by the ACFW Central Florida Sonshine Scribes.

​In August, 2015, my science fiction story, "The Confession," won the Speculative Fiction division of the 2015 Storming the Short Story Contest that was sponsored by the Writers on the Storm chapter of ACFW and Chalfont House Publishing.



"Kathrese and I have worked together for over a year, and Kathrese’s critiques of my books-in-progress have been insightful. She is great at catching my slip-through mistakes and helping me shape my stories’ logical progression toward great creative works. Even though I am an editor myself it is paramount to have eyes on my books that are not blinded by familiarity. Kathrese has generously given me this and more. I definitely recommend her services.

Thank you, Kathrese! Lance and Quill and Falcon Heart would not be what they are without you."

Azalea Dabill