Call It Wonder
an odyssey of love, sex,
spirit, and travel
Winner of the 2015 Bisexual Book Award for "Best Memoir" and "Writer of the Year"
"A joy to read." - T.O.M. Book Award
Who hasn't dreamed of chucking it all to live a traveling life? Yet two months after Kate and her husband Dave leave home to live on the road, she awakes in the grips of a seizure. The diagnosis of a brain tumor comes at a terrible time: It is their first-year wedding anniversary, and they have no home. Soon, though, this medical adventure becomes integral to their journey. Paralleling this story are Kate's painful and often humorous exploits of body, mind, and spirit--including frank explorations of her life as a lover of men and women, a caregiver to dying parents, and an inspired but overwhelmed teacher who longs to write.
living the traveling life
"An entertaining and engaging travelogue with deep introspective levels." - Heather Diamond
From a Malaysian penthouse overlooking the turquoise Strait of Malacca, to a miniscule, under-furnished apartment in West Hollywood, Kate and her husband Dave travel the world living in other people’s houses. They tend to their gardens, sleep in their beds, and care for their pets. Along the way, other opportunities appear and they follow: working and living in China, attending a wedding in Vietnam, and tracking wild animals in Indonesia. Eventually they buy a casita in Mexico that is nearly blown away in a hurricane, but they continue wayfaring, creating a web of connection with others throughout the world. In Wanderland: Living the Traveling Life, Kate explores how this unconventional lifestyle, launched upon her early retirement, makes her feel alternately free and unsettled—especially as she faces a dire medical emergency requiring surgery and the pandemic hits. All along the journey, she questions what “home” really means.
"A beautiful and thrilling read!"
"Don't miss this love story set against the French Revolution."
In the months leading up to the storming of the Bastille, a Parisian street revolutionary falls in love with the son of the King’s horse breeder, and together they struggle with class differences, dangerous intrigues, and their unrelenting passion as the widening terror of the French Revolution threatens to destroy them.
Co-authored with Mary Janelle Melvin under the pen name Mary-Kate Summers
For the May Queen
"Funny, poignant, and ultimately a testament to lasting friendship." - Collin Kelley
It’s 1981, and seventeen-year-old Norma Rogers’ parents drop her off at the college dorms. Soon, Norma finds herself drunk and nearly naked with three strangers. The strip poker event is the first of many experiences that prompt Norma to question who she is and who she wants to be.
Norma’s relationships with an array of characters induce her to grapple with society’s messages about women, sex, and freedom. Many tumultuous events take Norma through an array of troubles, pleasures, and thrills. In the midst of these incidents, Norma reflects on her desire for freedom (sexual and otherwise). Ultimately Norma comes to see that there are many ways to live and love.
"Resplendent with the grace and wonder that accompany self-discovery." - Jane Pupek
"Kate Evans has struck gold again with her second novel, Complementary Colors. Gwen Sullivan's self-discovery and exploration of her sexuality is one of the most realistic 'coming out' stories that I've ever read. It's organic, it's moving, and since both Evans and her heroine are poets, every line sings." - Collin Kelley
"A brave and epic collection." - Anne Jennings Paris
"Kate Evans takes us from the dreamlike moonscape of a failed marriage through the alienated ravings of a middle-aged woman pursuing sexual misadventure, and finally arriving in the sensual present of new love against the backdrop of foreign cities. Throughout the book, she retains tight control over form and language, winking at us with sly rhymes and surprising line breaks. Target comes to us as sweet and juicy as ripe fruit from the achingly honest, increasingly expansive voice of an adventurer who has awakened to herself." - Anne Jennings Paris
Negotiating the Self
Identity, Sexuality, and Emotion in Learning to Teach
"An exciting and important book." - William F. Pinar
"In this nuanced text, Kate Evans helps us understand how we negotiate the difficult terrain of self and identity, and how our identities impact our work as teachers. Evans' keen insights force us to reflect on our own lives." - Bill Tierney