I'm Kathy DiSanto, award-winning novelist, mother of two talented musicians, rescue dog mama, U.S. Air Force veteran, and late-blooming home improvement fanatic.
I love words—bamboozle, finagle, sprocket, flabbergast—even more than I love power tools. I studied German in college, because gaining access to a host of words in another language was a fascinating prospect. How does one resist expressions like Kummerspeck and Freundschaftsbezeugung, for example? It would take a better woman than I. (Or a better woman than me, if we're sticking with the colloquial and conversational.) In addition to sating my verbal appetitite with marvelously multisyllabic, tongue-twisting words, studying the German language challenged my inner Grammar Stickler in strange and mysterious ways. Win-win.
Given my fascination with language, you'll no doubt be unsurprised to learn writing has been my life for a long time. I've published four novels in a variety of genres, because life is too short to limit myself to just one. To date my novels include two sweet romances; a near-future, paranormal thriller; and a dystopian science fiction thriller. (You can check them out on my website.) In addition to writing fiction, I worked as a communications specialist and freelancer for many years, authoring several hundred feature articles for magazines, the web, blogs, and newsletters.
Words, words, words.
Retirement. One of my all-time favorite words, and glory hallelujah, I'm there!
Ah, but here's the rub: While retirement gives me all the time in the world to write, my fixed income doesn't give me a lot to live on. And guess what? Writers my age get high cholesterol and osteoporosis and hearing aids and spend a lot of time at the local pharmacy, dealing with folks unwilling to hand over medication in exchange for wit and eloquence.
I've been freelancing, but writing about real estate, urinalysis, auto wraps, and renter's insurance doesn't pay all that well. Worse yet, I almost never have time to write what I affectionately call "the good stuff." (If fish gotta swim and birds gotta fly, then writers gotta write what they love. That's my lyric, and I'm sticking to it.)
Now, I may not be the oldest, creakiest creator on Patreon, but I might be in the top ten percent. Regardless of where I fall on the continuum, any Cub Scout will tell you, you should be nice to old folks. You'd help me across the street, wouldn't you? Of course, you would. That's just the kind of person you are.
And let's not forget karma. Supporting me will earn you a big fat check mark in the good-karma column.
"Yeah, but what's in it for me?" you ask.
Besides the aforementioned good karma? Well, if the right to add an official "Patreon of the Arts" seal to your personal resume and/or social media page doesn't trip your trigger, how about ....
- exclusive access to musings about writing and self-publishing
- early access to blog posts
- exclusive access to original limericks
- sneak peeks at draft chapters
- book reviews
- fun with language
- personal stories my kids don't wanna hear yet again
- and more.
The boys-howdy good news is, you can get all of the above for as little as $1/creation! (Generally speaking, I'll be aiming for 3/month, but you can put a cap on how much you want to spend per month.) You can get even more by pledging more, as indicated by the rewards levels listed to the right. Said levels are named after fictional detectives, because I write a little mystery into some of my books—and a lot of mystery into others. Besides, who doesn't love the classic sleuths?
Think about helping me out, okay? We can have so much fun together—more fun than a gopher in soft dirt!
So. Thanks for "listening" to my pitch; I hope to hear back from you soon!