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About kaystrom

Kay Marshall Strom, who am I? Well, I’m a traveler, a railer against social injustice, a passionate citizen of the world. I’m a follower of Jesus Christ. I’m a 21st century abolitionist who speaks out against slavery of all kinds. I am a beach walker and a gardener and the off-key singer of songs. I’m a wife, a mother, a sister, a daughter, a friend. Most people, though, know me as a writer and a speaker. So here is a bit more about that part of my life: Of my 43 published books, seventeen have been translated into foreign languages, and two have been optioned for movies. My writing credits include magazine articles, books for children, short stories, television scripts and two prize-winning screenplays. I love to write, and speak, about topics close to my heart. I speak at seminars, retreats, writer’s conferences, and special events throughout the country. And because I enjoy travel, I even speak on cruise ships. Because I don’t see how a writer can really reflect another people and land without spending time there, I’ve been trekking through India, China, Indonesia, Cambodia, Nepal, Sudan, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt, Japan and South Korea, tape recorder and camera in hand, to gather stories from the world-wide family of God. Thanks to my “virtual friendship” with John Newton, 17th century slave ship captain turned preacher, I traveled through Ireland. In West Africa I toured an old slave fortress off the coast and saw a tiny set of baby manacles bolted to the wall. I was struck dumb. From that horror came a story question, and from that question, my foray into fiction: The Grace in Africa trilogy. Come join me as I travel and rail against injustice. Maybe you will choose to be a 21st century abolitionist too.

Help for Nikki~

Tweet Now that we are in the last days of 2018, I’m hearing lots of talk about New Year’s Resolutions.  Personally, I’ve never been a big fan of them.  I mean, why do so many people make resolutions when they … Continue reading

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Here’s to Being Grandma!

Tweet I’m not sure how I would have made it through childhood without my grandma.  She loved me, comforted me, encouraged me, and taught me.  She told me the stories of our family.  She loved God, and she told me … Continue reading

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Candle or the Mirror?

Tweet This week, as I unpacked and cleaned and straightened, I came across a box packed with picture I want to keep close – pictures of my children as little ones, of my own school days, pictures of Christmases and … Continue reading

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To All of Us: Welcome Back!

Tweet AFTER so many months away from all of you, it seems as though we are coming home again.  I’m so glad to be back with you. Much has happened here in my corner of the world since I bid … Continue reading

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Time Out

Tweet Okay, friends, followers, and you who just stopped by~ After eleven years, my blog is having difficulties, and Facebook has stopped reposting.  So I am going to take a break until I  get the blog fixed. Then I’ll come back fresh and renewed … Continue reading

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Who Are We?

Tweet I inherited a box stuffed full of information on Manzanar, the World War II Japanese internment camp.  A sweet little old lady writer had accumulated it for a book on the unthinkable that she was certain would never happen again, but she … Continue reading

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Hidden Pain

Tweet Isn’t it amazing how one thing in life prepares us for another? In one of my early books, Helping Women in Crisis, I wrote a chapter on suicide. I didn’t know much about the topic, except that a fellow … Continue reading

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War and No Peace

Tweet Nuclear war.  The words that fill our hearts with dread and send chills down our backs are being spoken far too nonchalantly these days.  By people who should know better but refuse to step down, and by those who understand far too … Continue reading

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Hats off to the Students of Stoneman Douglas High

Tweet Hooray for the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida! Everyone’s heard about the 19-year-old former student who walked into the school with a legally purchased AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and killed 17 people–mostly students.  I cannot begin to imagine what those survivors experienced.  … Continue reading

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Do Facts Matter Anymore?

Tweet “We Americans are being flooded with lots of crazy stuff that way too many people believe.  I mean, stuff that can actually be proven wrong.  I guess, it’s not that surprising in times of such awful partisanship as we are currently enduring.  Maybe, but it’s still terribly depressing.  Partisanship is one … Continue reading

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