Kat Michels is creating Stories of Amazing Women
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patrons

$37
per month
We need, now more than ever, inspiring female role models.

Children can find male role models in every history book they crack open, misleading them to believe that being bold and overcoming insurmountable odds are male traits. This is because history is largely the study of impressive and courageous men. Does this mean that impressive and courageous women didn't exist? No. It means that their stories have been overlooked. For the most part, women are recorded as the wife of "insert name of important man," who had "x" number of children. Every person should know that the history of women is just as rich and storied as the history of men. Women were not merely along for the ride; we've jumped into the driver's seat too.

As female adults we fight for equal pay and autonomy of our bodies. Our young women fight to prove that they are strong and so much more than pretty or an accessory. To move forward, it is a societal imperative for girls to have a foundation of knowledge and support to ensure their success and for boys and men to see that women are more than child-bearing machines. Recording and, more importantly, sharing the history of impressive and courageous women who were bold and overcame insurmountable odds changes the misconception that these are male only traits. There is a need in our world today, to complete the historical picture to show that women are just as powerful and influential as men.

But, who is Kat Michels to take on such a task?

In a nutshell, I'm a writer whose specialties are non-fiction pieces about historical women and female-driven historical fiction. I write mini-biographies entitled "Heroines of History," which you can read here. I tell the stories of American women whose actions were not motivated by fortune or fame. There was no glory and, in many cases, very little recognition for their activities. They simply did what needed to be done, and they did so in an extraordinary way. Despite their courageous deeds, these women have been omitted from the annals of American history simply because of their sex. They roared without making a sound so I tell their stories to lend them a voice.

This all started as a personal interest and then grew into so much more.

While in college, I was asked to write the narrative for a short-form documentary that told the story of the Colorado Governor's Mansion. Instead, I told the story of the women who owned, cared for, and fought for that mansion. "Colorado's Home" went on to win a Telly Award as well as a regional Emmy award. The following year I wrote and produced a short-form documentary on the women of the Colorado Ballet, winning another Telly Award and regional Emmy Award. These pieces proved to me that there is an audience for stories about women. We just need to tell them.

Shortly thereafter, I started writing "Heroines of History." While writing these the desire to do more spawned a number of ideas from an historical fiction novel, In a Time Never Known, to a series of non-fiction books called Through Her Eyes.

In a Time Never Known, takes place during the American Civil War. Much has been written about this disastrous conflict but not much from the female perspective. My two main characters are female spies working to help the Union win the war, despite the fact that they are both married to Confederate officers. I am hoping to be able to announce a publication date for In a Time Never Known very soon!

While the work I have done so far has been exciting and fulfilling, I have learned that I need support for future projects which require more research. Specifically the series, Through Her Eyes. The goal of this series is to tell the stories of pivotal periods in American history as seen through the eyes of the women who lived and participated during that time. The first book in the series will focus on the Civil Rights Movement. You can read why I chose that time period here. While I have laid the groundwork for this book in my "Heroines of History" articles, I still have copious amounts of research to do in order to properly tell the stories of these amazing women in this tumultuous time.

If you wish there were more stories of women in our history, this is your chance to help. Consider making a $10 monthly contribution (about the cost of two coffees here in California) to help share their stories and unveil the influential lives of historic American women to you and future generations.

Thank you for joining me on this journey.
Tiers
Level 1 - Mary Harris Jones
$1 or more per month 2 patrons
Thank you, every dollar counts! At this level, you will have early access to all of my Heroines of History posts, plus  a monthly picture of one or both of my puggles that has been made into an inspirational and/or sarcastic (most likely sarcastic) meme.
Includes
  • Early access to Heroines of History posts
  • Monthly Puggle Meme
Level 2 - Jeanne Manford
$3 or more per month 1 patron
Three times the thanks! You will get the above and . . . 20% off any book you buy through me, including books that were published before you became a patron. Want it signed? Not a problem, just let me know at checkout! You will also have access to my 'Did You Know' posts, where I delve into the history behind popular sayings.
Includes
  • Early access to Heroines of History posts
  • Monthly Puggle Meme
  • 20% off Books
  • Access to 'Did You Know?' posts
Level 3 - Fannie Lou Hamer
$5 or more per month 4 patrons
Thank you for skipping a latte this month to send me that dough! As a huge coffee lover, I appreciate the sacrifice. You will get the above and . . .  access to my 'History Behind' video posts where I will talk about the history behind popular movies, plays and books.
Includes
  • Early access to Heroines of History posts
  • Monthly Puggle Meme
  • 20% off Books
  • Access to 'Did You Know?' posts
  • Access to 'History Behind' video posts
Level 4 - Shirley Chisholm
$10 or more per month 2 patrons
That’s two lattes. I’m touched! You will get the above and . . . I will send you a thank-you card, complete with interesting historical things that happened the year (or day) you were born – your choice. The day option is for those of you who are perpetually 29. ;) You will also have access  to my 'Patron Inside Look' posts where I will reveal tidbits about the books I write and my process.
Includes
  • Early access to Heroines of History posts
  • Monthly Puggle Meme
  • 20% off Books
  • Access to 'Did You Know?' posts
  • Access to 'History Behind' video posts
  • Thank you card!
  • Access to 'Patron Inside Look' posts
Level 5 - Mary Bowser
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
$25, wow, I just might like you more than pizza! Please don't make me prove that though. You will get the above and . . .  instead of 20% off any book you buy through me, you'll get 35% off! 

Includes
  • Early access to Heroines of History posts
  • Monthly Puggle Meme
  • Access to 'Did You Know?' posts
  • Access to 'History Behind' video posts
  • Thank you card!
  • Access to 'Patron Inside Look' posts
  • 35% off Books
Level 6 - Daisy Bates
$50 or more per month 0 of 20 patrons
Look at you being awesome! I can’t thank you enough! You will get the above and . . . a signed copy of all books I publish while you are a patron.

Includes
  • Early access to Heroines of History posts
  • Monthly Puggle Meme
  • Access to 'Did You Know?' posts
  • Access to 'History Behind' video posts
  • Thank you card!
  • Access to 'Patron Inside Look' posts
  • 35% off Books
  • 1 Free Book When I Publish
Level 7 - Ethel Payne
$100 or more per month 0 of 2 patrons
Wow, you’re my hero! Not even joking. You will get the above and . . . I will straight up be your pen pal. We’re talking old school here - paper, pen, envelope, stamp, and send it through the mail. I will respond to up to four letters per month, because more than that and we’ll both get writer’s cramp.
Includes
  • Early access to Heroines of History posts
  • Monthly Puggle Meme
  • Access to 'Did You Know?' posts
  • Access to 'History Behind' video posts
  • Thank you card!
  • Access to 'Patron Inside Look' posts
  • 35% off Books
  • 1 Free Book When I Publish
  • Pen Pal
Goals
$37 of $100 per month
Call me old fashioned, but I prefer doing research in actual books as opposed to ebooks or on the internet. As you can imagine, I have a well-used library card. That being said, when writing a book an author needs to refer back to her sources multiple times, sometimes months apart. I look forward, when this goal is met, to being able to flesh out my home library with the books I've been drooling over.
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We need, now more than ever, inspiring female role models.

Children can find male role models in every history book they crack open, misleading them to believe that being bold and overcoming insurmountable odds are male traits. This is because history is largely the study of impressive and courageous men. Does this mean that impressive and courageous women didn't exist? No. It means that their stories have been overlooked. For the most part, women are recorded as the wife of "insert name of important man," who had "x" number of children. Every person should know that the history of women is just as rich and storied as the history of men. Women were not merely along for the ride; we've jumped into the driver's seat too.

As female adults we fight for equal pay and autonomy of our bodies. Our young women fight to prove that they are strong and so much more than pretty or an accessory. To move forward, it is a societal imperative for girls to have a foundation of knowledge and support to ensure their success and for boys and men to see that women are more than child-bearing machines. Recording and, more importantly, sharing the history of impressive and courageous women who were bold and overcame insurmountable odds changes the misconception that these are male only traits. There is a need in our world today, to complete the historical picture to show that women are just as powerful and influential as men.

But, who is Kat Michels to take on such a task?

In a nutshell, I'm a writer whose specialties are non-fiction pieces about historical women and female-driven historical fiction. I write mini-biographies entitled "Heroines of History," which you can read here. I tell the stories of American women whose actions were not motivated by fortune or fame. There was no glory and, in many cases, very little recognition for their activities. They simply did what needed to be done, and they did so in an extraordinary way. Despite their courageous deeds, these women have been omitted from the annals of American history simply because of their sex. They roared without making a sound so I tell their stories to lend them a voice.

This all started as a personal interest and then grew into so much more.

While in college, I was asked to write the narrative for a short-form documentary that told the story of the Colorado Governor's Mansion. Instead, I told the story of the women who owned, cared for, and fought for that mansion. "Colorado's Home" went on to win a Telly Award as well as a regional Emmy award. The following year I wrote and produced a short-form documentary on the women of the Colorado Ballet, winning another Telly Award and regional Emmy Award. These pieces proved to me that there is an audience for stories about women. We just need to tell them.

Shortly thereafter, I started writing "Heroines of History." While writing these the desire to do more spawned a number of ideas from an historical fiction novel, In a Time Never Known, to a series of non-fiction books called Through Her Eyes.

In a Time Never Known, takes place during the American Civil War. Much has been written about this disastrous conflict but not much from the female perspective. My two main characters are female spies working to help the Union win the war, despite the fact that they are both married to Confederate officers. I am hoping to be able to announce a publication date for In a Time Never Known very soon!

While the work I have done so far has been exciting and fulfilling, I have learned that I need support for future projects which require more research. Specifically the series, Through Her Eyes. The goal of this series is to tell the stories of pivotal periods in American history as seen through the eyes of the women who lived and participated during that time. The first book in the series will focus on the Civil Rights Movement. You can read why I chose that time period here. While I have laid the groundwork for this book in my "Heroines of History" articles, I still have copious amounts of research to do in order to properly tell the stories of these amazing women in this tumultuous time.

If you wish there were more stories of women in our history, this is your chance to help. Consider making a $10 monthly contribution (about the cost of two coffees here in California) to help share their stories and unveil the influential lives of historic American women to you and future generations.

Thank you for joining me on this journey.

Recent posts by Kat Michels

Tiers
Level 1 - Mary Harris Jones
$1 or more per month 2 patrons
Thank you, every dollar counts! At this level, you will have early access to all of my Heroines of History posts, plus  a monthly picture of one or both of my puggles that has been made into an inspirational and/or sarcastic (most likely sarcastic) meme.
Includes
  • Early access to Heroines of History posts
  • Monthly Puggle Meme
Level 2 - Jeanne Manford
$3 or more per month 1 patron
Three times the thanks! You will get the above and . . . 20% off any book you buy through me, including books that were published before you became a patron. Want it signed? Not a problem, just let me know at checkout! You will also have access to my 'Did You Know' posts, where I delve into the history behind popular sayings.
Includes
  • Early access to Heroines of History posts
  • Monthly Puggle Meme
  • 20% off Books
  • Access to 'Did You Know?' posts
Level 3 - Fannie Lou Hamer
$5 or more per month 4 patrons
Thank you for skipping a latte this month to send me that dough! As a huge coffee lover, I appreciate the sacrifice. You will get the above and . . .  access to my 'History Behind' video posts where I will talk about the history behind popular movies, plays and books.
Includes
  • Early access to Heroines of History posts
  • Monthly Puggle Meme
  • 20% off Books
  • Access to 'Did You Know?' posts
  • Access to 'History Behind' video posts
Level 4 - Shirley Chisholm
$10 or more per month 2 patrons
That’s two lattes. I’m touched! You will get the above and . . . I will send you a thank-you card, complete with interesting historical things that happened the year (or day) you were born – your choice. The day option is for those of you who are perpetually 29. ;) You will also have access  to my 'Patron Inside Look' posts where I will reveal tidbits about the books I write and my process.
Includes
  • Early access to Heroines of History posts
  • Monthly Puggle Meme
  • 20% off Books
  • Access to 'Did You Know?' posts
  • Access to 'History Behind' video posts
  • Thank you card!
  • Access to 'Patron Inside Look' posts
Level 5 - Mary Bowser
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
$25, wow, I just might like you more than pizza! Please don't make me prove that though. You will get the above and . . .  instead of 20% off any book you buy through me, you'll get 35% off! 

Includes
  • Early access to Heroines of History posts
  • Monthly Puggle Meme
  • Access to 'Did You Know?' posts
  • Access to 'History Behind' video posts
  • Thank you card!
  • Access to 'Patron Inside Look' posts
  • 35% off Books
Level 6 - Daisy Bates
$50 or more per month 0 of 20 patrons
Look at you being awesome! I can’t thank you enough! You will get the above and . . . a signed copy of all books I publish while you are a patron.

Includes
  • Early access to Heroines of History posts
  • Monthly Puggle Meme
  • Access to 'Did You Know?' posts
  • Access to 'History Behind' video posts
  • Thank you card!
  • Access to 'Patron Inside Look' posts
  • 35% off Books
  • 1 Free Book When I Publish
Level 7 - Ethel Payne
$100 or more per month 0 of 2 patrons
Wow, you’re my hero! Not even joking. You will get the above and . . . I will straight up be your pen pal. We’re talking old school here - paper, pen, envelope, stamp, and send it through the mail. I will respond to up to four letters per month, because more than that and we’ll both get writer’s cramp.
Includes
  • Early access to Heroines of History posts
  • Monthly Puggle Meme
  • Access to 'Did You Know?' posts
  • Access to 'History Behind' video posts
  • Thank you card!
  • Access to 'Patron Inside Look' posts
  • 35% off Books
  • 1 Free Book When I Publish
  • Pen Pal