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By Teresa Simpson
Gazette Reporter 

Story of Kay M. Bates

Local Children's author uses her imagination to overcome


September 22, 2022

Special to the Gazette

Kay M. Bates signs books at Spokane Comic-Con.

COLFAX – Colfax resident and children's author Kay M. Bates, 33, bounced around a lot growing up. Starting in California and the Seattle area, it was when her father went to WSU that she found what she calls home: the Palouse.

Bates imagined that she would be a writer when she was a kid. "I had a friend in California who I would have writing contests to see who could write it faster," Bates said. "I was 11, and the story was 39 pages long." As she grew up though she started looking into different fields, attending the University of Idaho for a Bachelor's in Microbiology, and onto get her...

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