A Few Published Writing Samples
Professional & Personal Bio
Kathryn Bechen is an award-winning lifestyle writer whose published writing career began when not long after graduating from university with a B.A. in English/Education she was serendipitously hired to interview legendary financial investor Warren Buffett and his mother Leila Stahl Buffett for a small town newspaper article. Fast forward 30-some years later, and after sending a copy of that original article she wrote to Mr. Buffett's office, he graciously wrote her this nice letter back.
Kathryn has been hired to write lifestyle feature articles and bios for many publications and private clients, and she also authored the Amazon bestselling book, Small Space Organizing: A Room-by-Room Guide to Maximizing Your Space, published by Baker/Revell, one of the largest and most influential Christian book publishers in the world. Upon her book's 2012 worldwide release to bookstores, retail outlets, and libraries, it received immediate attention/mention from national and regional media outlets like Martha Stewart Living Radio, Family Circle, The Washington Post's Midnight Express, and many more. At Home Tennessee magazine reviewed it as one of the best design books for Spring 2012, Elle Decor magazine chose it as a 30 copies sweepstakes giveaway, and Treehugger, a leading media outlet dedicated to green living, called it one of the "5 Must-Read Books for Small Space Organizing." By May 2012, Kathryn's book became an Amazon "Top 100" bestselling decorating book internationally, in several countries, and on 5/5/12 it was the #1 bestselling Amazon (U.S.) Kindle decorating book. To date, the book has been on the "Top 100" categorical bestseller lists on Amazon U.S., France, Germany, Australia, Canada, Spain, UK, China, India, Italy, Mexico, and Brazil. It has sold thousands of copies, including to libraries around the world.
Since helping others create a warm, welcoming, and prettily-organized home on a dollarwise budget has long been her life passion, Kathryn has also self-published several home/home office eBooks and she has repeatedly been featured, quoted, or interviewed by many media outlets for her dollarwise DIY tips. Here's what clients and readers say.
In addition to her writing, Kathryn has been a public school teacher and tutor in English/Reading/Writing and has worked in several libraries and also in offices -- jobs that all required excellent organizational skills and detail-orientation, which ultimately led her to start her own former consulting and seminar business, Organized With Ease, where she helped her private clients organize their home and business offices for both better productivity and enjoyment. Kathryn also developed her own organizing seminars and speeches during that time and she was hired to present to Creighton University, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Clemson University, The Omaha Chamber of Commerce, and more. Later, when the internet arrived upon the world and Kathryn had by then relocated to California, she earned her C.I.D. decorating certificate and started her own online decorating firm, Kathryn Bechen Designs, but she quickly realized she prefers to write about both organizing and decorating and give media phone interviews so that she can share her dollarwise DIY tips with more people all over the world.
Kathryn was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and has also lived in North Dakota, South Dakota, New York, Nebraska, and California. She relocated for the 15th time with her husband of many years, veteran banker and her favorite and number one home-handyman-guy, Steven R. Bechen, to the Greater Phoenix, Arizona area in 2018. Believing that just like people, homes should have a name, Kathryn and Steve immediately named their cozy desert abode Cactus View Cottage, and then they got to work making it "feel like home!"
When Kathryn's not DIY organizing or decorating or writing about it, she enjoys reading, garden and home tours, trying new coffee and tea flavors, museums, travel, studying holistic medicine and dollarwise living tips, photographing flowers and red church doors, and trying out new bistros with her husband Steve. Their joint passion for travel, homes, dining, historical buildings, and charming towns has also led them to stay in nearly 70 beautiful Bed & Breakfast Inns in 17 U.S. states. Staying in all those inns also motivated Kathryn and Steve to decorate their own bedrooms at home over the years like a B&B, (examples), and also inspired Kathryn to write her popular article Decorate Your Bedroom Like a Bed & Breakfast Inn. One of their own home's DIY "B&B style" bedrooms was also featured in a national home magazine.