Fiction4ADay Contest Winner Kathleen Cassen Mickelson

Art Credit - PP&P

Art Credit – PP&P

The staff at Postcard Poems and Prose congratulates Kathleen Cassen Mickelson for her winning story “A Shot in the Light”. We would also like to thank the groundswell of reader/voters who cast their ballots. Kathleen’s story and the other five finalists’s stories may still be read here.

Our Fiction4ADay Contest was held in a tight 24 hour window. Authors had to address and interpret the theme “24 hours…make something!”  After the theme was announced at midnight authors had only 24 hours  to write, revise, edit, and submit their stories. Many cups of coffee and energy drink were downed as authors frantically did what authors everywhere do best…they spilled out their creative souls. And we are happy they did.

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Kathleen Cassen Mickelson loves writing all kinds of things except bios. Since they’re required most of the time, she has a standard bio that tells everyone she has actual credentials (B.A., English, University of Minnesota; M.F.A., creative nonfiction, Hamline University; editor at Every Day Poets; blogger at One Minnesota Writer), but it’s more fun to talk about how she thought she was going to write from the moment she read Trixie Belden mysteries in the back seat of her dad’s car while they drove across country on summer vacations when she was a kid. Actually, that’s a lie. Kathleen wanted to solve the mysteries. That has evolved into a television cop show addiction, fed with reruns of Miami Vice, current episodes of Law and Order, and Dirty Harry marathons on Saturday afternoons. She also has a photography addiction that she feeds on her Tumblr photo blog. That addiction is her mother’s fault.

Kathleen with her husband, Jim Mickelson, at Del Mar Beach, California. Much warmer than Minnesota.

Kathleen with her husband, Jim Mickelson, at Del Mar Beach, California. Much warmer than Minnesota.

Kathleen in Joshua Tree National Park. She has a thing about rugged landscapes.

Kathleen in Joshua Tree National Park. She has a thing about rugged landscapes.

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