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 The competition recognizes unpublished adult fiction novels by Illinois authors.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.
In a webinar hosted by the Illinois Author Project, Kate speaks about how current events have impacted her writing and offers advice to fellow writers.
Disgraced broadcast journalist Willa Stannard turns up dead in 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 an 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.
Who took the missing child and what did Willa know? In a mystery that threatens to expose a small town’s dark secrets, someone will go to any length to conceal a crime and keep the truth buried.