Kathryn Trueblood’s most recent work, Diary of a Slut, a Shebooks exclusive, asks tough questions: When your daughter wants to pry into your past, how selective are you about your answers? Furthermore, how do you love the girl you once were? Trueblood’s tales unfold in remote places—a hippie high school on an island off the West Coast and a roadhouse in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest—places where only situational ethics seem to apply. At once stories of sexual abandon and sexual entrapment, they present two snapshots of the same woman and her coming-of-age where the road ends.
Winner of the 2013 Goldenberg Award in Fiction and the 2011 Red Hen Press Story Award, Kate Trueblood understands the complication of balancing a career and family. She is the mother of two children, a writer,
and an Associate Professor at Western Washington University.
Her story, “The No-Tell Hotel,” was chosen by Jane Smiley for the Goldenberg Award, which is sponsored by the Bellevue Literary Review and appeared in their Spring 2013 issue.
Her story “Fuck You! Till Next Christmas,” won the 2011 Red Hen Press Story Award and appeared in the The Los Angeles Review, Spring 2012 issue. Both stories are from her new collection, The Medicated Marriage, which is under review with an agent. A grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, the oldest feminist funding agency in the United States, helped her finish the book in September of 2013.
For the new collection, she has been researching pharmaceutical corporations’ efforts to sell blockbuster drugs and the effect of that on the medical profession. She is concerned that people’s problems are being redefined as diseases in order to encompass a greater percentage of the population. In The Medicated Marriage, families struggle to recognize spiritual epiphanies amidst the diagnoses. The collection speaks to a generation whose loyalties are now torn between their aging and often unreasonable parents, and their teenaged and relentlessly unreasonable children.
Her most recent novel, The Baby Lottery, was chosen to appear as a Book Sense Pick in 2007, and she was selected for the Jack Straw Writer’s Series in the Northwest. This book deals with many of the issues facing women today, including pregnancy vs. abortion, career vs. family, and marriage vs. divorce. The story follows five old college friends as they struggle to come to terms with their lives.
Her first book,The Sperm Donor’s Daughter, received a Special Mention for the Pushcart Prize 2000, and it was reviewed favorably by The Seattle Times Post-Intelligencer, The San Jose Mercury News, and New York Magazine, among others. As a writer, Trueblood likes the thorny questions medical developments post for human identity. Her father, who was a medical resident at the L.A. County Hospital before Roe v. Wade was passed, worked the O.B. Infection Ward, where women with botched abortions ended up if they didn’t die first. His views as a result of that experience have had a lasting effect on Trueblood’s writing.
Prior to publication of The Sperm Donor’s Daughter, Kathryn Trueblood co-edited two anthologies of multicultural literature, The Before Columbus Foundation Fiction Anthology: Selections from the American Book Awards (W.W. Norton 1992); also Homeground (Blue Heron 1996), which won the Jurors’ Choice Award at Bumbershoot, the Seattle City Arts Festival. Her stories and articles have been published in Poets & Writers Magazine, Rain Taxi Review of Books, Publishers Weekly, The Seattle Weekly, Glimmer Train, The Seattle Review, The Cimarron Review, Zyzzyva, and others.
Trueblood has worked in editorial for both mainstream and small press publishers–from the adult trade division at Random House to the West Coast’s first feminist press, Shameless Hussy. Her qualifications include a B.A. in English from U.C. Berkeley, a certificate from the Radcliffe Publishing Procedures Course, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Washington.