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Karin Horwatt Cather

Karin Cather Editorial Services LLC
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(480) 421-8922


Work Experience

Editor, Ghostwriter, Researcher, and Fact-Checker

Karin Cather Editorial Services LLC

October 2014–current

Developmental, structural, stylistic, line, and copyediting and manuscript evaluations of forensic court reports, dystopian fiction, detective fiction, fantasy, science and speculative fiction, and selected memoirs. Ghostwrite detective, dystopian, science, and speculative fiction.

Skills include assessment of realism of written violence based on training in simulated combat conditions as a black belt in Tactical Black Krav Maga, a street-fighting style. Including fist-fighting and fighting on the ground, against one or more attackers who are empty-handed or armed with firearms, knives, machetes, or blunt instruments; defending against simulated attacks in mock-ups of houses, alleys, airplanes, bars, offices, and streets; and firearms retention (in the case of handguns, in and out of holster). This training includes anticipating attacks and deescalation techniques.

Cather, Karin. “Contracts.” Webinar from Editors Canada, British Columbia, March 11, 2023.

Cather, Karin. “Tips for Editing Genres That Include Violence, Suicide, and Mental Illness.” Webinar from ACES: The Society for Editing, January 19, 2023.

Cather, Karin. “The Anatomy of a Criminal Trial.” Webinar from Riverside Writer’s Club, September 11, 2021.

Margulis, Dick, and Karin Cather. “The Paper It’s Written On; Negotiating and Drafting Service Agreements for Editing Clients.” Paper presented at the 12th Annual Communication Central Be a Better Freelancer Conference, Rochester, NY, September 2017

Chair of the Publications Committee of Editors Association of Canada, June 2016–January 2018

Volunteer of the month, Editors Canada, May 2017

Deputy County Attorney

Maricopa County

July 2012– June 2013 (one-year contract)

Assistant Attorney General

Arizona Attorney General’s Office

September 2008–July 2012

Attorney in Protective Services Section. Represent Child Protective Services and Division of Developmental Disabilities. Litigation attorney.

Lecturer, Researcher, Technical Writer

January 2003–September 2008

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney (prosecutor)

Fauquier County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office

March 2000–January 2003

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney

Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office

May 1995–March 2000

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney

Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, City of Portsmouth

June 1994–May 1995

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney

Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, City of Norfolk

January 1991–April 1994



Professional Sequence in Editing – certificate

UC Berkeley Extension, August 2015

Juris Doctor

William and Mary Law School, May 1990

Bachelor of Arts – comparative literature

University of Virginia, May 1986



Karin Cather, ed., From Contact to Contract: How Editors Get Clients to Work With Them. (Toronto: Editors’ Association of Canada, 2020).

Karin H. Cather and Dick Margulis, The Paper It’s Written On: Defining your relationship with an editing client. (New Haven: Andslash Books, 2018).

Karin Horwatt Cather, “Guarding the Gates: Expert Witness Testimony after Daubert,” in Malingering, Lies, and Junk Science in the Courtroom, ed. Jack Kitaeff (Cambria Press, 2007), 181–355.

Karin H. Cather, “The Way to Brady is Through Sony; Procedures to more effectively utilize informant assistance,” Prosecutor 39, no. 3 (May/June 2005): 18–38.

Karin H. Cather, “Vincent Bugliosi Speaks Out About Prosecuting Cases,” Prosecutor 38, no. 6 (November/December 2004): 22–42.

Karin H. Cather, “Using the Elliot Ness Strategy against International Terrorists,” Prosecutor 38, no. 5 (September/October 2004): 13–28.

Karin H. Cather, “Creative Prosecution: Turn Losing Cases into Winners,” Prosecutor 38, no. 3 (May/June 2004): 22–42.

Karin. H. Cather, “The CSI Effect: Fake TV and Its Impact on Jurors in Criminal Cases,” Prosecutor 38, no. 2 (March/April 2004): 9–22.

Karin H. Cather, “Serial Killers, Hidden Murders: The Prosecution of Health Care Professionals Who Kill Patients,” Prosecutor 38, no. 1 (January/February 2004): 18–42.

Karin H. Cather, “Footprints in the Snow: The Prosecution of Arson Crimes,” in The Prosecutor’s Deskbook, 3rd ed. John E. Brigham, (Alexandria: American Prosecutor’s Research Institute, 2001).

Karin Graham Horwatt, “An Attorney Is Not a Rolls-Royce: The Comprehensive Forfeiture Act of 1984 and the Sixth Amendment Right to Effective Assistance of Counsel after United States v. Monsanto,” William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal 1, no. 1 (Spring 1992): 145–175.

Karin Horwatt, “Food and the Adulterous Woman: Sexual and Social Morality in Anna Karenina,” Language and Literature 13 (1988): 34–67
Karin Horwatt, “The Shamanic Complex in the Pentecostal Church,” Ethos, Journal of the Society for Psychological Anthropology 16 no. 2 (1988): 128–145.

Richard McCarty, Karin Horwatt, and Maria Konarska, “Chronic Stress and Sympathetic Adrenal-Medullary Responsiveness,” Social Science in Medicine 26 no. 3 (1988): 333–341.

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