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Kathy-jo Wargin

Kathy-jo Wargin is the author of  more than 55 books for children and adults, including the children's classic The Legend of Sleeping Bear, and award-winning titles such as Win One for the Gipper, The Voyageur's Paddle, The Legend of the Loon and many more. Readers of all ages have enjoyed Kathy-jo Wargin's books for years, and  she is pleased to present more books and more ways to stay connected. 



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The Stonegarden

She was starting over. He was at the end. She was settling into a town she'd known long ago, where her only hope for a new start was through the door of a shabby cottage in need of a second chance. He was building a secret out of stones, heavy stones plucked from the land and placed neatly into the deep chambers of a long-held sorrow. Amidst the shore of Lake Michigan, blue-white days and star-filled nights give way to an uplifting story and an introduction to some of Orchard Bay's central characters.

The Orchard Bay Series takes place in beautiful Door County, Wisconsin, along the shore of Lake Michigan. I hope you'll join me in this new adventure I'm calling "Northern Women's Fiction."

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Skype Visits

Kathy-jo Wargin has been conducting school presentations for nearly 20 years, and is now offering more options for Skype Visits.

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As an author, Kathy-jo Wargin has taught many writing workshops through the years, including special courses on writing & publishing for children, as well as writing for adults. She will soon be offering new workshops beginning in late 2016. Sign up below if you would like to receive more infomation.


New Library Promotion

The Capital Area District Libraries of Lansing, Michigan recently selected Moose on the Loose for their first ever StoryWalk in Haslett's Orlando Park.

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Featured Titles

The Stonegarden

The first novel in the Orchard Bay Series, launching late 2016.

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S is for Sleeping Bear Dunes

Celebrating 100 Years with the National Park Service

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A boy, his dog, and the northern wilderness. 2017

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Moose on the Loose

Selected for the 2016 StoryWalk

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As an Author for Children

Kathy-jo Wargin has written more than 50 books and earned numerous awards and citations for writing compelling, historically accurate and enriching stories. She has also earned a sterling reputation as a public speaker, educator,  and Great Lakes advocate. She is the author of The Legend of Sleeping Bear, which is Michigan's Official State Children's Book, International Reading Association Award Winner The Legend of the Loon, and many more. 


From Beloved classics to modern tales...

As an Author for Adults

Kathy-jo Wargin has written several award-winning coffee table books for adults,  and continues to write for readers of adult fiction. 

Currently,  she is preparing for the launch of a series set in Door County, Wisconsin. The Orchard Bay Series will bring together elements in a way that Kathy-jo is daring to call "Northern Women's Fiction."  The main characters, rooted in the landscape of the Great Lakes, are middle-aged, which is a category often underserved by writers, and the towns and villages of the Great Lakes are not often used as backdrops for women's fictional serials, says Wargin. 


"And in the end, her words fell like snowflakes on a windless night. Soft, light; without haste or weight they collected into one form. In the morning the ground was covered by them all, so quietly birthed and perfect in their completeness, unflinching and cold and still, like her."

- From The Stonegarden by Kathy-jo Wargin

As an Entrepreneur

Kathy-jo Wargin has been a driving entrepreneur and creative mindset behind several successful publishing entities, and speaks on topics such as women in business, creative writing as business, publishing in the digital era, and entrepreneurship. She received her Certificate of Entrepreneurship from St. Thomas University in Minneapolis, MN, in 1998.