“Self Portrait” by K.C. Hill, 2023

A bit about me & where I’m coming from

In the midst of the pandemic lockdowns of 2020, I was diagnosed with a rare & extremely aggressive breast cancer, Stage 3. Late December 2021 my cancer treatments and a mastectomy came to an end, marking the chance for a fresh start in 2022.

I got busy, creating!

This picture of me is during that time.

Then early 2023 I got breast cancer, again, but in the other, remaining breast. Stage 1 this time, & a different type. An emergency mastectomy took place on March 15th and as of May 8, I’m back in chemotherapy. So for right now? I’m taking things a bit slow. But not too slow. 

Once again, lost all my hair – not to mention all the other chemo side effects. I’ll be ok.

You can read a bit about my experience with cancer (though I’ve not as yet updated this to include my current diagnosis and treatment) and see me in wigs, in the chemo chair, etc. RIGHT HERE.

I am an accredited blogger, upcoming author, lazy artist and novice designer. I love playing drums, studying great stories and analyzing film (read: picking apart EVERY aspect).

It’s a Padalecki
“It’s a Padalecki” by K.C. Hill, 2020

About My Latest Manuscripts

Page from “This Cassandra’s Apology in F-Sharp”

What you get here through my website are brain teasing mysteries of a cozy style. But mysteries aren’t the only type of writing I enjoy – they’re to be my focus, because they‘re my passion.

I’m always writing poetry & short stories (publishers include: The Curved HousePoetry Superhighway, and Dark Winter Literary), but my most emotionally demanding piece is a graphic-poem, a Ninth Art work in just 10 pages: “This Cassandra’s Apology in F-Sharp” is FREE to access on Red Noise Collective.

K.C. Hill
K.C. Hill, circa 2018

General Biography

K.C. Hill was born in DeKalb, Illinois and has lived in various places around the United States (primarily New Mexico, but also Oregon, Washington, and California). In the early 90s, K.C. attended the University of New Mexico, where she earned a Bachelor’s in English and Philosophy. During that time, she enjoyed semester-long student exchange programs in Alaska and Florida.  

In 2002, K.C. moved to the Hessian Region of Germany, where in addition to teaching EFL and Creative Writing, she launched four websites including Great Storybook (in 2012), earning accreditation and special access to various closed events. The experience gave K.C. the opportunity to work with many creatives from around the world, and while Great Storybook has been archived since 2018, it’s visited by 30,000 readers every month.

Her artwork has been showcased in solo exhibits in Seattle, Washington and Homburg, Germany, and she’s been part of art shows in galleries and boutiques in the western U.S. and western Germany. Currently, K.C.’s most recent artwork (2020-2023) can be seen and purchased through her Red Bubble Shop. It’s a joy for K.C. to see her artwork printed on such high quality items.

K.C. is a hardcore pedestrian, a snooker fan who plays drums as often as she can and a self taught cook who loves to experiment with food. She frequents brick-and-mortar writing seminars, workshops, writer events and book fairs. She’s no longer editing anyone’s work but her own now, and has finished her first manuscript for a novel (unpublished, in a drawer). She’s currently writing her second novel, a mystery!

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A Little More About Me, in case you’d like to know…

I love organizing events that bring creative people together..

The first writer event (as opposed to artist events) I ever planned is the one that makes me most proud. It was in 2011 and I was all set to attend the Screenwriting Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It was to be my second time attending and second time flying in from Germany to do so. I was seriously jazzed about reconnecting with the cool people I’d met the previous year. Sadly, the event was cancelled with only three weeks’ notice. I was crushed and even considered staying home and being miserable about it.

Instead, I decided to organize the Guerilla Screenwriting Circuit (well over 90% of those involved had no connection with the cancelled Screenwriting Conference), a one time only free event that ran May 27-31, 2011 in New Mexico. It was a mad rush to get it together. Various talented writers, actors, agents and producers joined me in teaching classes and workshops including Melinda Snodgrass, Bill Kelman, Mark David Gerson and Celeste Bradley. I hear that to this day, people who met there are friends and collaborators on projects in both music and film. It’s really gratifying.

Sadly, a family crisis pulled me back to Germany just a couple of days into the event I’d worked so hard to plan. So there’s that bit of meh, but I’m still proud of what I accomplished there, even though I missed out on most of it.

Other events I’ve since planned have all been in Germany, and considerably less involved. As my health returns, I plan to change that. I love planning big events with and for fellow creatives. I thrive on that shared energy and can‘t wait to get back to it.

Walking by KC Hill

Where I am now.

I‘m an American creative who relocated to Germany in 2002 and became what Peter Mayle terms a permanent tourist. I currently reside in the university town of Mainz, Germany with my fantastic husband. Mainz is known as wine country, and has been internationally recognized as a “City of Wine.“ It‘s also home of the Gutenberg Printing Press and BioNTech. The vibe is leftist, laid-back and easy going – a friendly place where people smile at strangers. I like it a lot.

An Egyptian Temple in Germany? YES. Really.

In 2000, ruins of a temple dedicated to the Ancient Egyptian goddess Isis and the oriental deity of Mater Magna were discovered in Mainz. The city was digging the foundation for a new shopping mall and that’s where the temple and a bunch of tributary items, prayer requests and religious statues were discovered. The site has been preserved and the mall built on top of that level, so visitors can go down to see the archeological dig and then go upstairs for new shoes and a coffee. It’s super cool.

Fantasy Flowers

All artwork on my website is created by me. If you’d like to use any of it for any reason, just ask. I’m open.