Kathryn Casey at the 2009 Texas Book Festival
|Occupation||Crime writer, novelist|
Kathryn Casey is an American true crime writer, novelist and journalist. Author Ann Rule has called Casey "one of the best in the true crime genre." She is best known for writing She Wanted It All, which recounts the case of Celeste Beard, who married an Austin multimillionaire only to convince her lesbian lover, Tracey Tarlton, to kill him.
Early life and education
In 1984, Casey began her writing career as an intern at the now-defunct Houston City Magazine. When she left two years later, she was a senior editor. Next, Casey worked for two years as editor of Ultra, a state-wide magazine geared toward wealthy Texans.
In the years after Ultra, Casey wrote for a national audience, with her articles appearing in Ladies' Home Journal, where she was a contributing editor for 18 years, as well as More (magazine), TV Guide, Rolling Stone, Seventeen, Reader's Digest, and Texas Monthly. During her more than two decades as a magazine journalist, Casey interviewed celebrities, including movie, television, and recording stars, presidents and first ladies. She covered subjects that ranged from the Oklahoma City bombing, the aftermath of 9/11, and Hurricane Katrina, to infertility and the McCaughey Septuplets.
Many of Casey's articles examined sensational crimes. In the early 1990s, she took one case, which was the subject of a Ladies' Home Journal article about a serial rapist attacking Houston-area women, and turned it into her first book, The Rapist's Wife. After its release, Casey moved away from magazine writing to concentrate on non-fiction, fact-based crime books.
Casey's seventh true crime book covered the Matt Baker case in Waco, Texas, about the Baptist minister who was convicted of killing his wife and staging it to look like a suicide. Baker, sentenced to 65 years, resides in the Allan B. Polunsky Unit, a Texas state prison. Cy-Fair Magazine, upon the July 2012 release of the book Deadly Little Secrets, covered the Baker case and others in a feature article about Casey. The Houston Chronicle also covered the release of the book. Deadly Little Secrets was the inspiration for the film Sins of the Preacher, which aired on the Lifetime television network in September 2013.
Based on Casey's experience covering crime, she turned to crime fiction. In 2009, Booklist, the publication of the American Library Association, named Casey's debut novel, Singularity, one of the "Best Crime Novel Debuts of 2009" on its Bestseller Lists. The main character in her mystery series is Sarah Armstrong, a Texas Ranger and a criminal profiler. In Singularity, Armstrong travels across Texas hunting a deviant serial killer. Library Journal picked the third in the series, The Killing Storm, as a best book of 2010 in its mystery category.
Casey lives in Houston with her husband.
In 1995, Casey appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show to discuss The Rapist's Wife along with the subject in the title, Linda Bergstrom. In the years since, Casey has appeared on Oprah Winfrey's Oxygen Network, Court TV, Biography, Nancy Grace, E! Network, Investigation Discovery and the A&E.
She's a regular speaker and panelist at book festivals and events, including the Texas Library Association convention, Southwest Louisiana Writer's Conference, Pulpwood Queens Girlfriend Weekend book conference, and the Texas Book Festival.
- The Rapist's Wife (1995 HarperCollins)
- A Warrant to Kill (2000 HarperCollins)
- She Wanted It All (2005 HarperCollins)
- Die, My Love (2007 HarperCollins)
- A Descent into Hell (2008 HarperCollins)
- Evil Beside Her (2008 HarperCollins) a reissue of The Rapist's Wife
- Shattered (2010 HarperCollins)
- Deadly Little Secrets (2012 HarperCollins)
- Singularity (2008 St. Martin's Minotaur; the first in the Sarah Armstrong series)
- Blood Lines (2009 St Martin's Minotaur; the second in the Sarah Armstrong series)
- The Killing Storm (November 2010 St. Martin's Minotaur; the third in the Sarah Armstrong series)
- Critical praise by Ann Rule for Evil Beside Her by Kathryn Casey
- True Crime Book Reviews Awards Winners, Jan. 5, 2011
- KXXV-TV News, "Baker's case grabs national attention," Jan. 13, 2010
- "Cy-Fair author brings to light the dark world of real-life crimes of passion," Fall 2012
- True crime writer explores a shocking Texas murder - Houston Chronicle
- Local production "Sins of the Preacher" to air on Lifetime | Worcester MagWorcester Mag
- "Booklist," Best True Crime Novel Debuts, 2009
- Library Journal, Best Books 2010
- Wall Street Journal article
- “True Crime Writer Ponders Career Change in eBook World,” July 24, 2011
- The Montel Williams Show - Season 16, Episode 637: PRINCE CHARMING OR DANGEROUS CRIMINAL? - TV.com
- Forbes.com "Recharging the Creative Mind," January 29, 2012
- Author's official Web site
- Kathryn Casey's blog
- Author's Amazon.com page
- truTV Crime Library citation, "Marriage, Money and Murder: Steven and Celeste Beard"
- TV.com listing, "The Montel Williams Show"
- Kathryn Casey at the Internet Movie Database
- Texas Observer, "Writer's Block" column, "Texas prisons start barring book authors from inmate interviews," January 8, 2004
- Contributor, Women in Crime Ink