Books and Stories for children and Adults

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Hi! I'm Kathy H. Kitts, author of books and stories for children and adults. Thanks for visiting my website. Please see the column on the right to read about my books. Alms For the Rich is available on While you're visiting, check out my blog for unique and interesting information related to my WWII books, especially around Veteran's Day or Memorial Day. 

 I have a PowerPoint presentation called  All Gave Some, Some Gave All - My Father's Service as a Minesweeper in WWII, that I present to schools, senior citizen lifelong learning institutes, and veterans' groups.  The show can run 1-2 hours.  I trace Dad's journey in pictures from Cincinnati, Camp Croft SC, San Antonio, TX, Newport News, VA, to North Africa and Italy. We cover the three Italian campaigns - Rome/Arno, Apennine Mountains, and Po Valley. In addition I bring Dad's wartime memorabilia such as his letters, V-mail,  Nazi police belt, Naples and Florence rings, dog tags, and more.  Contact me if you're interested in scheduling this presentation.

Please sign my guestbook and send me your questions.  I'd love to hear from you.  Once again, thanks for stopping by.

Recommended Books on WWII

Destination Unknown by LeOna Cox and Kathleen Cox - Adventures of a WWII American Red Cross Girl

Smart, resourceful, spunky and funny - that's LeOna Cox. You will come to love her from her letters and realize she was perfect in her role as a Red Cross Girl during WWII.  Whether thinking up funny games for the boys to play at the Red Cross Club or making a deal with Pope Pius XII to share electricity on her wedding day, LeOna's letters will entertain and amaze you.

The book has special meaning for me because LeOna served in Constantine, Algeria at the same time my Dad was training in the Atlas Mountains of Algeria. He mentioned in a letter that the Red Cross girls brought donuts and coffee to his squad one night. Boy did the troops appreciate that! 


The Blue Devils In Italy by John P. Delaney   Battery Press

A history of the 88th Infantry Division in World War II.  A classic.


From Salerno to the Alps edited by Lieutenant Colonel Chester G. Starr   Battery Press

A History of the 5th Army 1943-1945




My Books

Coming Soon:

Mines, Mules and Mud: A Cincinnati Teenager in WWII, tells the story of my father's service with the 88th Infantry Division (Blue Devils) during the Italian Campaign. Ray Wissel was 18 years old when he disarmed his first mine in Minturno, Italy. Given one of the most dangerous jobs in the Army in 1944, Ray worked at night while the Germans lurked in the hills, firing flares into the sky to locate the minesweepers and shoot them.  When Ray heard the pop of a flare gun, he froze, pretending to be a tree stump. His life depended on it.

From minesweeping to delivering ammo to the front lines to creating the morning reports, the book details the close calls Ray had with death and the dangerous work he did.

Mines, Mules and Mud is a complete war story - beginning in 1943 and ending in 2007 - about a teenager coming of age in the Army, a son faithfully writing to his family, and a veteran honoring a fallen comrade.

The best of my father's 265 letters are included in this book.


Alms For the Rich: The Rise and Fall of Eson Swonk is the story of my husband's childhood in poverty on an island in upstate New York,  his desire to escape his surroundings and make something of himself, and retire financially secure. Through hard work he earned a National Merit Scholarship to college and became a chemical engineer, working for Procter and Gamble.  He achieved his dream but then the Great Recession hit in 2008. This is his story as told to me, his wife.  The book is available on Amazon.









Interesting Facts About Me

1.  I won my first poetry contest in the second grade with "Winter Wonderland" published in Catholic Miss magazine. My prize - a check for one dollar!  (Of course I cashed it.)

2. I was the putt-putt champion of Tall Clubs International in 1976 or 1977. I scored three holes-in-one in a row.

3. I can't resist a contest. I've won two trips - one to the Bahamas and one to New York City to see Titanic on Broadway!

4. I survived a cardiac arrest at the age of forty-seven. I'm thankful and grateful every day of my life.

5. One of my wittiest expressions is - "Life is too short to use cheap toilet paper."

6. My two favorite vacations with my husband were a cruise to Nova Scotia and a cruise to Dubrovnik in the Adriatic Sea.

7. I had a stand-off with a mother deer in my backyard.  The deer won! When I saw her stomp her leg I slowly backed away.

8. I'm most proud of my book Mines, Mules and Mud: A Cincinnati Teenager in WWII.  It was a labor of love.

9. The Cincinnati Zoo is one of my favorite places. I'm a big Fiona, the hippo. fan!

10.  I won the Fairfield Echo newspaper contest for "Most Interesting" vacation picture. I was standing on a glacier in the Canadian Rockies reading the Echo.

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