Aliens and Other Stories

Release Date – Oct. 15, 2013

Inspired by stories she picked up during her years as a journalist in Spain and Latin America,  Kathleen Wheaton gives readers a rare glimpse into the lives of exiles, refugees and wanderers in her award-winning collection, “Aliens and Other Stories” (Oct. 15.  Washington Writers’ Publishing House).

Wheaton’s debut collection strings together stories about a striking group of characters whose tales are heartbreaking, dramatic, enchanting and most of all, unforgettable.

What a pleasure it is to read Kathleen Wheaton’s collection of short stories, all of which expose with knife-like clarity the all-too-human flesh of contemporary life,” says Anne Bernays, author of “New York in the Fifties” and “The Man on the Third Floor.” “Wheaton connects her characters to the world beyond the front door and the community while at the same time, and often with a sweet touch of humor, invites us into the heart of the family. Wheaton reveals the worst and the best of people unsure but still trying.”

“Aliens and Other Stories” won the Washington Writers’ Publishing House 2013 prize for fiction. Wheaton’s book is available from Washington Writers Publishing House ( as well as on and

Wheaton lived in Spain and Latin America for 12 years where she worked as a journalist and travel writer. She is the author and editor of two travel books that cover Spain and Buenos Aires. She has been honored with awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The San Francisco Examiner, The Paris Review, Town & Country, Bethesda Magazine and Smithsonian, among others. She now lives in the Washington D.C. area with her husband, NPR reporter David Welna.