Kate Robards is a suspense fiction writer.
As the daughter of a librarian, she developed a love of reading and writing at an early age. Kate studied journalism and advertising at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, and she currently works in communications at a nonprofit organization. She lives outside Chicago with her family.
A member of Sisters in Crime, Kate is active in the Chicagoland writing community. She is currently seeking representation for her first novel, The Songbird Baby.
Soon to Be Famous
2020 Illinois Manuscript Contest Winner
Kate is the winner of the 2020 Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Manuscript Contest. The competition recognizes unpublished adult fiction novels by Illinois authors.
In this video, Kate talks about her background in writing and previews The Songbird Baby.
THE SONGBIRD BABY
Disgraced broadcast journalist Willa Stannard turns up dead in the bathtub of her apartment. A cryptic note from the acclaimed writer leads police to rule out foul play. Shattered by grief and obsessed that her sister Willa’s death was not a suicide, Sawyer Stannard plunges into a desperate search for the truth.
As Sawyer investigates, she discovers that Willa was writing a potentially explosive true crime novel about the disappearance of a toddler that rocked a small town hundreds of miles away. As she interviews suspects in the decades-old crime, Sawyer becomes convinced that Willa’s death is connected to the unsolved child abduction. Soon, long-buried secrets begin to surface in a twisted tale of deception and guilt.
Told in alternating perspectives of Sawyer’s investigation and excerpts from Willa’s tell-all novel, The Songbird Baby exposes a small town’s dark secrets, the lengths someone will go to conceal a crime, and the ways the past haunts the present.