You don’t know about me without you have read a book by the name of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; but that ain’t no matter. That book was made by Mr. Mark Twain, and he told the truth, mainly. There was things which he stretched, but mainly he told the truth.

                         ~ Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Get your facts first, then distort them as you please.

                                                       ~ Mark Twain

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Memorial Day 2017

A number of men from Fentress, Texas, served in World War II. Two did not return. Marshall Langley was the son of Will and Essie Langley, my family’s very good neighbors. Marshall graduated from Texas A & M,  which commissioned more officers during World War II than West Point did. His name appears in Texas Aggies […]

Friday Fictioneers: Used to Be

The Friday Fictioneers Challenge: Write a 100-word story based on the photograph.   * USED TO BE “The convention center? Well, go about six blocks, to where the old movie house used to be–the one that burned in ’87–What’d you say, Fred?” “It’s The Oaks now. Condos.” “Oh, that’s right. Well, just before the condos, turn right, and when you […]

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I write what I know.

But–I never found my mother stirring ground glass into pie filling, set fire to a house, or cut anyone’s throat.

The following are some of my mostly-not-the-truth publications.


“A Nice Set of Wheels” and “Hell on Wheels”

The eleven stories in Murder on Wheels put the pedal to the floor and never let up! Whether by bus, car, tractor, or bike, you’ll be carried along at a breakneck pace by the talented Austin Mystery Writers. These eight authors transport you from an eighteenth-century sailing ship to the open roads of modern Texas, from Alice’s Wonderland to a schoolbus yard in the suburbs of Dallas. Grab your book, hold on to your hat, and come along for the ride!

Murder On Wheels: Eleven Tales Of Crime On The Move is a solidly good anthology from eight talented authors and one that is well worth your time.” ~ Kevin Tipple, Flash Bang Mysteries

Read an excerpt from “A Nice Set of Wheels” here.

Read an excerpt from “Hell on Wheels” here.

MURDER ON WHEELS is available from Amazon (paperback and Kindle) and BookPeople (paperback).


“I’ll Be a Sunbeam,” in Kaye George’s crime fiction anthology, DAY OF THE DARK. Coming from Wildside Press, July 21, 2017:

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Total Solar Eclipse (Photo credit: Wikipedia). By Weiβ {{PD-old-70}}


“And Justice for All” online in the Fall/Winter 2012/2013 issue of Mysterical-E.


I’ve also published bits of memoir in Story Circle Network’s True Words Anthology and Journaland book reviews for Story Circle on Amazon.


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About M. K.

I’m M. K. Waller, aka Kathy, former teacher, former librarian, former paralegal, and former pianist at various small churches desperate for someone who could find middle C.

Old Dauchy Gin Office

I write crime fiction, literary fiction, humor (I hope), memoir, and whatever else comes to mind.

I grew up in Fentress,  population ~ 150 in 1960, on the San Marcos River in Central Texas, the Blackland Prairie, where pickups hauled hay and kids and horses, guns killed the occasional rattlesnake, Miss Pedula the milk cow grazed by the roadside, and a dear old gentleman named Dick Ward sold double-dip ice cream cones for a nickel. Old ladies played dominoes on front porches in the afternoons, and old men gossiped on benches outside the post office. There were still horned toads and lightning bugs, and mosquitoes were one-tenth the size they are now. In 1983, my parents finally installed working locks on the doors.

Life was good. I would like to have the mosquitoes and the nickel ice cream and the old people back. A few things, however, are best left behind.

Memories provide grist for my word mill.

I now live in Austin, Texas, with two cats and one husband.

Two cats

One husband


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Other Words

Like other writers, I’m first, last, and always a reader. Like other former English teachers and librarians, I no longer have a captive audience (“Read this! It’s wonderful!”), so I spread the word the best way I can.

I list authors and titles as they come to mind. The list grows day by day. I expect it to meander all the way to Infinity.

The Truth: Clyde Edgerton. He’s a genius, a writer who brings you to tears and then, before you can put away your crying towel, makes you laugh so hard you start crying again. And each of his books is different from the rest.


Ann Marie MacDonald. The Way the Crow Flies.

Ann Patchett. Bel Canto.

Katherine Paterson. The Great Gilly Hopkins.

—–. The Invisible Child.

—–. Jacob Have I Loved.

Kaye George. Choke.

—–. The Immy Duckworthy Mysteries (Smoke; Broke)

Bapsi Sidhwa. Cracking India.

—–. The Crow Eaters.

Elizabeth Enright. The Saturdays.

—–. The Melendy Quartet.

Clyde Edgerton. Lunch at the Picadilly.

—–. Walking Across Egypt.

—–. Killer Diller.

Elizabeth Berg. Durable Goods.