Kay Castaneda

Indianpolis, IN

Kay Castaneda is retired from a career as a college writing instructor. She was also a substitute teacher and special education tutor. She earned a B.A. and M.A. in English at Indiana Purdue University in Indianapolis. Her publications include poetry and creative non-fiction in literary journals plus articles about education for reference books. Kay attended writing seminars in Lithuania, Scotland and Mexico. In Lithuania, Kay explored the city of Vilnius and imagined that she was a long-lost relative of Good King Gediminus, Grand Duke and Ruler, 1315-1364, since he did have numerous wives, mistresses and children. In San Miguel Allende, Mexico, Kay sat at every outdoor cafe and park she could find, reading and writing to her heart's content. In Edinburgh, Scotland, Kay wandered through endless castles and pretended to be a lady-in-waiting to Mary, Queen of Scots. While in Edinburgh, she had the chance to wave at Queen Elizabeth and her entourage during the annual Royal Parade. Duchess Kate was the only one who waved back at her. She dreams of going to more seminars in Spain, Italy, Austria, and Greece. Writing in Russia, China, and Alaska are also on her dream list. Her hobbies include reading fiction, biographies of saints, and watching crime shows on TV. Kay's talents include daydreaming, inventing characters for future writing and baking. She published a novel, Emmie of Indianapolis, based on her experiences growing up in the Midwest. She is currently researching the histories of Ireland and Scotland for a novel based on her ancestors, in addition to revising a poetry manuscript. She loves to eat at Mom and Pop diners and browse in antique stores and flea markets. Kay lives in Mexico with her husband, son and dog Buddy.