Anne Rothman-Hicks and Ken Hicks
It’s my pleasure to host two of my fellow Wings authors, Anne Rothman-Hicks and Ken Hicks, on my blog this week, along with their delightful novel, Kate and the Kid.
Anne Rothman-Hicks and Kenneth Hicks first started writing books together while Anne was a student at Bryn Mawr College and Ken was a student at Haverford College — a long time ago, when, as their children like to say, dinosaurs roamed the earth. Ken grew up in Abingdon, Pennsylvania and Anne in both New York City where she was born and in Scarsdale, New York.
In 1973, they began to live in New York City while Ken was attending law school at Columbia University and Anne was working in publishing. They wrote their first novel together in 1976, hoping that it would be a success and Ken would not have to even start working as a lawyer. Alas, that book is still on the upper shelf of their closet, but they kept at the writing business. In 1984, they published Theft of the Shroud, a novel, through Banbury books, distributed by Putnam. That same year they also published a series of 10 books based on the most popular boy’s and girl’s names, and a book about the stars for children. At this time, Ken stopped practicing law for two years as they devoted themselves full-time to writing and their children. However, children need to eat and be clothed and go to school, and these things all cost money, so Ken went back to practicing law. Still, they continued to write, and rewrite, and rewrite some more.
Most recently, Anne and Ken have published Kate and the Kid, through Wings ePress. Another novel entitled Mind me, Milady is coming out in October through Barbarian Books. They have also published a book for middle readers called Stone Faces, which is available on the Apple iBookstore, and two small-format photography books, also available on the Apple iBookstore – Hearts (no flowers) Signs of Love in the Gritty City and Picture Stones.
Kate and the Kid
Kate Andersen is a self-involved single woman in her late twenties living in New York City, who has recently lost her job and is fighting with her boyfriend (Roger) as well. At this tumultuous time in her life, she thinks that the last thing she needs is to take care of a six-year-old girl. Turned out that was exactly what she needed.
Here is a short excerpt from Kate and the Kid:
The girl sat still for a few seconds. Kate could hear the sound of the fruit juice being drained through the straw, and the girl’s chest heaved once inside the curl of Kate’s arm. Then, quick as a young frisky cub, she spun and threw her arms around Kate’s neck. Tears were streaming down her cheeks and her face was contorted with the effort not to cry. She nuzzled awkwardly against Kate and kissed her over and over with little pecks that covered her forehead and eyes and chin.
“I love you, Katy,” she said in her high-pitched voice. “I love you so much.”
Kate and the Kid, (adult fiction)(Wings ePress)
Stone Faces, (middle grade)(on the Apple iBookstore)
Hearts (no flowers) Signs of Love in the Gritty City (on the Apple iBookstore)
Mind Me, Milady, (adult fiction)(coming in October, Barbarian Books)
Anne, Ken and I would love to hear from you, so please feel free to leave a comment.
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