Born the first of three children, Kathleen tried her very best to be a good daughter. However, there were just some things that were beyond her control. Being a child of a combat veteran turned police leiutenant isn't an easy thing, a lesson that all the Cavanaugh children would learn the hard way. By Kath's eleventh birthday, she knew how to navigate her father's moods, to tip-toe around his temper, anticipating when the next outburst would come
As she entered high school, her father's erratic behavior and unpredictable violence became more and more frequent. After a suspension from the Spokane Police Department, Kath begged her mother to take her and her siblings to their grandparents' house, afraid of what he might do otherwise. Ignoring her request, Mrs. Cavanaugh reassured her eldest child that everything would smooth over in a day or two.
Three weeks before she was set to graduate from high school, Kathleen's father accused her mother (again) of having an affair with a neighbor, as well as several other men they knew. After denying it vehemently, a physical altercation ensued, resulting in Kath literally getting into the middle of it. Shielding her mother, she promised herself that this was the last time. Even as she iced her own black eye, her mother refused to press charges. Two days after her high school commencement, Kathleen said goodbye to her parents for the last time, gathering her belongings and leaving home.
Attending Eastern Washington University on academic scholarship proved to be more difficult than she initially anticipated. Suffering from clinical depression and anxiety, Kath had trouble concentrating in class and keeping up with the coursework. Eventually she lost her scholarship, but by then she had her eyes set on the coast. After a summer working three jobs, Kathleen scraped up enough money to get her over the pass and on her way to a new life. Settling in Seattle and leaving behind the Lilac City for once and for all, Kathleen seemed to flourish and thrive. With a genuine passion for the written word, she carved a niche for herself in the local poetry scene, as well as found a retail job at Barnes & Noble. Before long, Kath had made friends and an actual life for herself. In 2009, she founded True North Press, Inc - a small publishing company run from her kitchen. Two years later found her moving to the small town of Hawthorn with friends in order to focus more on their collective poetry than trying to make ends meet.
Today, Kath enjoys the trips to Portland, Helena and other neighboring cities to visit and write with poet friends. Settling into the landscape of Seattle, she has found a place that feels like home and, while she might tire of loaning copies of Fifty Shades of Grey to housewives at the local library (where she works as a part-time librarian - aka 'bookslave'), the city has become home. Finding her place within the Seattle Public Library, she has worked her way up the proverbial ladder, finally becoming a lead Children's librarian in August of 2015. While she maintains a tenuous relationship with her siblings, she has no plans to ever return to Spokane or her past.