On the surface, Ali Stephenson has it all a secure position at Southern Style Magazine, good friends, practices yoga daily, and takes long strolls on the beach near her home on the Chesapeake Bay. Her life is set, and predictable.
But something is missing…
When Ali is sent off to deep South Texas to write about fly fishing on the Lower Laguna Madre, she has no idea that her life is about to change drastically and that, by facing much of the past she has kept at bay, she will be given the opportunity to melt the fortress she has spent years building around her heart.
Kathy Sparrow is an award-winning author and leadership and empowerment expert, who has been mentoring aspiring writers of non-fiction, fiction, and poetry for over two decades. Many have penned bestselling books as a result of her editing and book coaching services.
Kathy is the co-author and project lead of Ignite Your Leadership: Proven Tools for Leaders to Energize Teams, Fuel Momentum, and Accelerate Results. Her novel, The Whispered Teachings of Grandmother Trout, touted as the feminine version of A River Runs Through It, is slated for release in spring 2022. Her first children’s book, Stanky & Cece: Break the Rules was released in early 2022 and co-authored with Chad Hanstedt. She is currently writing, It’s All in the Cast: A Fly Fisher’s Guide to Presence, Power & Performance, which connects lessons learned while fly fishing to life and business.
Known as a “behind the scenes secret weapon” to many thought leaders, Kathy specializes in the areas of self-development, leadership, and memoir. Throughout her career, she has worked with IDG Press (the former For Dummies publisher), Master’s Press, Wish Publishing, ARE Press, and others. Her work as a journalist has also appeared in Saltwater Fly Fishing, Indianapolis Woman, Indiana Business Magazine, E magazine, Hudson Valley Magazine, and many more. She’s also ghostwritten books and blogs on the topics of banking, personal growth and development, memoir, and the intersectionality of mountaineering and business.
Kathy has studied transformational methodologies with Jack Canfield founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul and author of The Success Principles, Dr. Deb Sandella of The RIM® Institute, Laurie Seymour of The Baca Institute, and Renee Moorefield of Wisdom Works. She is a Certified Canfield Trainer in The Success Principles and Canfield Methodologies, Certified Be Well Lead Well Pulse® Guide, and Master RIM® facilitator. Kathy relies on the science of success tools to assist her clients in overcoming obstacles and mindset limitations, as well as identify how to create a life filled with vitality and wellbeing.
Additionally, Kathy was the co-founder and manager of Kingfisher Inn, a dedicated-only fly fishing lodge located in Arroyo City, Texas, just a short boat ride from the Mother Lagoon, the Lower Laguna Madre. She was also one of the first female saltwater guides in the nation. Her memoir, On the Mother Lagoon: Fly Fishing and the Spiritual Journey (to be re-released in the Winter of 2022.), chronicles her experiences as she learned to fly fish and discovered more about herself and the importance of connecting to nature.
When she’s not working with her clients or penning her own blogs and books, Kathy enjoys yoga, hiking, fly fishing, and adventures with her family. Her basecamp is currently in San Diego, but you can also find her in Colorado or wherever her travels take her.
CEO of Outdoor Specialty Products
The South’s 1st Lady of Fly Fishing