Kathy Des Jardins

Kathy Des Jardins owns a publications firm in metro Atlanta and is a member of the Atlanta Writers Club and Roswell Reads.

Her first novel, Mama Tried, was awarded the 2023 Georgia Author of the Year Finalist (Second Place) – First Novel.

A former newspaper reporter, columnist, and editor, she won her first journalism award for a country concert review. During the next decade, another category would dominate her nearly 100 national, regional and state awards: humor writing. In addition to winning two Louisiana Press Association’s Best Regular Columnist Awards, four Louisiana Press Women Sweepstakes Awards, and a first for humor articles from the National Federation of Press Women, she was honored by the Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press Newspaper Contests and United Press International Newspapers of Louisiana, among other organizations. She has also received California Press Women’s Outstanding Excellence Award and USTA Georgia’s Media Excellence Award. Mama Tried, her first novel, revisits her two earliest, and most winning, themes: tragicomedy set to classic country music.

Along with appearing in O, Georgia! A Collection of Georgia’s Newest and Most Promising Writers, she has written for a variety of national, regional and local publications. Kathy claims dual citizenship, having been born in Kentucky and raised in Louisiana, where she fleetingly attended Louisiana State University-Alexandria and Louisiana College. She and her husband, Ron Cioffi, live in Johns Creek, Georgia, and have three sons.

Mama Tried is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, KOBO, Scribd and other fine retailers.

Contact Kathy by email: kathydesjardins3@gmail.com