About Kara Martinez Bachman
I’m Kara Martinez Bachman, author, freelance journalist and editor.
My first book, “Kissing the Crisis," published by Quill Driver Books, is a collection of essays about the humorous side of parenting, marriage and grappling with the encroachment of midlife. It is now available in paperback and digital formats via Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, and at various bookstores around the U.S.
I’ve read my stuff for national broadcast on the NPR (National Public Radio) program, State of the Re:Union, and my creative nonfiction has appeared in The Writer and in Funny Times, where I’m still to this day obsessed with how my name immediately followed Dave Barry’s in the list of contributors. It's also appeared at the website for the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop at the University of Dayton.
Writing first person humor is what keeps me sane, but--since we can't write all day about gunshoot jamborees, orthopedic stripper heels, and glitter-tossing drag queens--I also produce freelance work for a variety of publications.
Over the years I’ve interviewed a spectrum of personalities from all walks of life, ranging from current A-list celebrities (Ian Somerhalder, Nikki Reed, Aziz Ansari) to Gen X favorites (Rick Springfield, John Schneider, Duran Duran bassist John Taylor) to convicted murderers and drug kingpin lifers in Angola prison.
I’m a former staff and current freelance entertainment reporter for the New Orleans Times-Picayune and NOLA.com, where I primarily cover entertainment and home and garden stories.
I’ve recently begun contributing to Dogster.com, the popular website for Dogster magazine (formerly Dog Fancy). I write celebrity dog owner profiles, interview people with cool relationships to dogs, and tell tales about my own nutty little canines, Leonidas and Baby (Leo is cool, Baby is a lunatic).
I currently serve as managing editor for Parents & Kids-Mississippi Gulf Coast and Parents & Kids-Pine Belt magazines and contribute regularly to the beautiful southern culture magazine on newsstands across the U.S., Legends: Culture & Arts from the Cradle of American Music.
Nonfiction articles, interviews, essays, poetry and photography have also appeared in American Fitness, the indie filmmaker’s publication The Independent, American Blues Scene, Mississippi Magazine, San Diego Family, Rock and Gem, Curvy, Whole Life Times, Literary Mama, Calgary’s Child, Deep South Magazine, Sammiches and Psych Meds, and many other print and online consumer publications.
My writing has been included in the Ellipsis literary journal of University of New Orleans, the Magnolia Quarterly literary journal, and in several anthologies, including the Hurricane Katrina ten-year commemoration anthology, "Katrina Memories."
Right now, I'm working on two new projects. The first is a follow-up to "Kissing the Crisis," with essays that explore the zany and nostalgic stuff we remember about growing up during the '70s and '80s. The other is a novel--historical fiction--set in New Orleans during the 1880s.
When not doing all the things listed above, I'm doing charming things such as yelling at my kids, eating, or complaining about how things have gone to hell in a handbasket.