Kaye Dacus (KAY DAY-cuss) is an author and editor who has been writing fiction for more than twenty years. A former Vice President of American Christian Fiction Writers, Kaye enjoys being an active ACFW member and the fellowship and community of hundreds of other writers from across the country and around the world that she finds there. She currently serves as President of Middle Tennessee Christian Writers, which she co-founded in 2003 with three other writers. Each month, she teaches a two-hour workshop on an aspect of the craft of writing at the MTCW monthly meeting. But her greatest joy comes from mentoring new writers through this very blog and seeing them experience those “aha” moments when a tricky concept becomes clear.
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Kaye was born in Louisiana but has lived in several different areas of the country including Alaska, New Mexico, and Northern Virginia. Since 1996, she has called Nashville, Tennessee, home.
In May 2004, Kaye graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University with a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration on Professional Writing, as a part-time student while working full-time. After graduating, she immediately enrolled in graduate school. In June 2006, she received her Master of Arts in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. Her thesis novel, Happy Endings Inc., is now her first published novel, re-titled Stand-In Groom.
Professionally, Kaye has worked in the newspaper and book publishing industries for the past fifteen years. She currently works as a freelance editor and copywriter for several publishing houses.
Romance novels were amongst the first books she ever read, so it was natural when she started writing as a young teen, that would be what she penned. Stand-In Groom, in addition to being her master’s thesis, was her fourth complete manuscript. But she has hundreds of files on her computer of snippets and starts and synopses of story ideas dating back to the mid-1980s.
Kaye is a member of Woodmont Baptist Church in Nashville, where she sings in the choir. She’s a Jane Austen fanatic and loves watching and discussing British costume-drama movies with friends. When time permits, she’ll usually be found traveling to visit family in Arkansas or Louisiana. Her grandmother and parents are her biggest supporters and where she draws her strength and encouragement to stick with it even when the road gets rough. She has one sister (and brother-in-law), five nephews, and a thirteen-year-old niece, who is also a writer.