Kathleen Marple Kalb grew up in front of a microphone, and a keyboard. She started her radio career as a teenage DJ at a small station in her hometown of Brookville, Pennsylvania, and despite a brief flirtation with advanced study in history before taking her B.A. at the University of Pittsburgh (her mother will never forgive her for turning down an assistantship at William and Mary), worked her way up through newsrooms in Pittsburgh, Vermont and Connecticut, to New York. But she never wore her Phi Beta Kappa key again after her first day at KDKA, when she accidentally hung up on a U.S. Senator. Her broadcast career went significantly better after that, including a number of regional Edward R. Murrow awards in Vermont, and her current post as a weekend morning anchor at 1010 WINS, New York’s top all-news station.
At age sixteen, she wrote her first historical novel, which thankfully did not find a publisher, though a couple of editors did actually read it. While she writes reams of news copy at work, fiction was firmly in the past until her son started kindergarten, when she decided to take another try. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, a fellow journalist and professor, their young son, a neurotic cat, and many, many boxes of Legos.
A Fatal Finale
Swashbuckling Gilded Age opera star Ella Shane, who specializes in male roles, investigates the death of a young colleague with the help of her colorful friends and a visiting duke, ending in a spine-tingling catwalk duel with the killer.