The Owl Club welcomed author Kathleen Kent to their March meeting. She wrote The Heretic’s Daughter, which was the Read Across McKinney book selection for 2011. A dynamic speaker, Kathleen shared her love for historical fiction fueled by her interest in her own story. Her 9 times grandmother, Martha Carrier, was hanged as a witch in Salem in 1692. Kathleen was interested in the history of the Owls, a McKinney women’s club which was founded in 1893, especially as history books often leave out stories about women and focus on stories about men. The stories of women’s lives that survive are those that are carried forward through oral history, as she herself experienced. The view of the past was “Nice girls don’t make history and history doesn’t make nice girls.” She encouraged everyone in the collection of their own genealogy and family history so it is not lost. Kathleen has written a new book, The Traitor’s Wife, which is a prequel to her prior book.
Linda Spina is a McKinney resident and member of The Owl Club. Photo shows author Kathleen Kent on left with Owl Club President, Nina Dowell Ringley.