Truancy Writing

About me.

the writer rock climbing I'm Kate Davis Jones. All my life I’ve been curious about narrative: narratives we write ourselves, and the narratives we can’t help but identify in the world around us. I studied American history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, interested not in the large-scale shifts of law and order but in the smaller stories of activists and people in the margins. I sniffed around stories of independent motivation, community, and friendship, and how those forces drove people to make massive changes in their own lives and the world around them.

Read some of my nonfiction work here.

After college, I worked a brief stint in advertising, before bailing to work as a freelance journalist. Nonfiction was a natural extension of my interest in narrative. Where ever I went, I was looking for a story, incessantly interviewing people just to sate my own curiosity: male strippers, professional pinball players, amateur boxers, labor activists, late-nineties software developers, performance artists, whoever would talk to me and answer my nosy questions. As I was chasing stories, I worked in restaurants and as an EMT.

When I picked up my first fiction ghostwriting job, I thought it’d be a one-off thing. But the more I did it, the more I grew to love it. I have a deep understanding of story arcs and character development from years of writing, and my work as a journalist and client-facing manager has given me the skills to help clients tease out what they want from a story, even if they’re not sure themselves. It’s deeply satisfying and fun!

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