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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18th Annual Hillfest

St. Edward’s University capped its 18th Annual Hillfest tonight with the traditional fireworks display. At the first boom, William and Ernest went upstairs. David and I walked outside to enjoy our 16th annual viewing. These are photos of the 17th annual celebration. Fireworks, like mosquitoes, don’t change much from year to year.  

9 Links and a Cat

Recent posts having focused on cats and goats, today I’m back to basics, sharing links to articles that writers—and non-writers—will find informative, entertaining, and/or thought-provoking.   The first appear on Chris the Story Reading Ape’s Blog: “Can Common Writing Advice Be Wrong?” — by Jamie Gold The answer to that question requires only one word, … Continue reading 9 Links and a Cat

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14 Texas Tales of Crime

LONE STAR LAWLESS includes stories by the Austin Mystery Writers: Gale Albright, V.P. Chandler, Kaye George, Laura Oles, and Kathy Waller. The friends who contributed are Alexandra Burt, Janice Hamrick, Scott Montgomery, Mark Pryor, Terry Shames, Larry D. Sweazy, George Wier, and Manning Wolfe.

 “When Cheese Is Love” 

Tabitha Baynes has taken off a ton of weight for love of Gonzalo,
owner of the best Tex-Mex restaurant in Central Texas.
But it’s hard to keep that size-one figure when
Gonzalo’s favorite ingredient is cheese.
And when longtime nemesis Ana Alvarado is waiting to pounce.

Austin Mystery Writers & Friends

Paperback & Ebook
available from Amazon & Wildside Press


Stories of Eclipse

“I’ll Be a Sunbeam” 

To pass the time till she can get hold of her inheritance
and spend it on easy living in Aruba,
librarian Marva Lu Urquhart needs a project.
Old classmate Joe McDowell might make a good one.
If she can get him away from his wife.

Perhaps a solar eclipse will help.

Paperback & Ebook 
available from Amazon and Wildside Press


11 Tales of Crime on the Move

Austin Mystery Writers Gale Albright, V. P. Chandler, Kaye George, Scott Montgomery, and Laura Oles, with friends Reavis Wortham and Earl Staggs.

Winner of the Silver Falchion Award
2016 Killer Nashville International Writers’ Conference

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

“A Nice Set of Wheels”

Rosemary’s mother left town. Rosemary wants out, too.
Good-looking drifter Campbell Reed will be driving away any day now.
What are the chances he’ll take Rosemary along?

“Hell on Wheels”

If small-town librarian Marva Lu Urquhart can convince
old Judge Vardaman to cooperate,
she can dispose of her batty mama
and spend her inheritance and the rest of her life
lying on the beach in Aruba.
The Judge was once Mama’s sweetheart–
but he thinks Marva Lu is pretty cute, too.

Paperback & Ebook
Available from Amazon, Wildside Press, & BookPeople


My story “And Justice for All”  appears 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 Journal, and reviewed books 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.