As a baby, Kathy Hepinstall was once thrown out with the bath water. This experience shaped her life and art. She grew up in Texas but eventually escaped after earning a master’s degree at the UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON. Later, she worked for DMB&B, LARSEN COLBY AND STEIN ROBAIRE HELM (all Los Angeles agencies), then freelanced for a number of years, during which she wrote her first two novels, THE HOUSE OF GENTLE MEN (2000) AND THE ABSENCE OF NECTAR (2001).
THE HOUSE OF GENTLE MEN was a finalist in the Penn Faulkner Awards West. A perfect storm of serendipity and good timing made it #1 on the LA Times Bestseller list.
Kathy was also a PARTNER/CREATIVE DIRECTOR at MARTIN AGENCY SAN FRANCISCO 2000—2001 and CREATIVE DIRECTOR at CHIAT DAY (LA) ON NISSAN 2001 – 2002.
Her third novel, PRINCE OF LOST PLACES, was published in 2003 and has been optioned as a movie, along with The House of Gentle Men.
Subsequent novels include BLUE ASYLUM, SISTERS OF SHILOH, THE LIFEBOAT CLIQUE and THE BOOK OF POLLY.
Kathy’s work has appeared in ONE SHOW, CLIOS, CANNES, CA, NYAD, KELLY AWARDS, TIME MAGAZINE’S TEN BEST CAMPAIGNS OF THE YEAR, and also in ARCHIVE magazine. Her short film, PEE SHY (directed by Deb Hagan) won first place in the national NO SPOT ADVERTISING AWARDS and was sold to HBO Latin America.
She was a WRITER-AT-LARGE at TEAM ONE 2003-2005, and an INTERIM CD AT WIEDEN AND KENNEDY. She has freelanced from 2005 to present.
Wieden and Kennedy (Portland, NY, England, Amsterdam), Crispin Porter Bogusky, Goodby Silverstein, Fallon, Saatchi and Saatchi (LA, NY), BBH, Publicis, Martha Stewart, Cliff Freeman, Hal Riney, Hill Holiday, Ground Zero, DDB Needham, Strawberry Frog, Et. Al
Hardee’s, Pizza Inn, Nike, Clothestime, Keds, Apple, Microsoft, Citibank, Pioneer Car Stereos, Ikea, T-Mobile, Lexus, Nissan, Toyota, Hyundai, Kia, Acura, Jaguar, Soy Joy, Pom Tea, Lean Cuisine, Weight Watchers, Walmart, Wells Fargo, Starbucks, Heineken, Coca-cola, Taco Bell, Play Station, Yahoo, Best Western, Ritz Carlton, Hyatt, Wendy’s, Smith Barney, Knowledge Adventure, Build a Bear, Silk Soy milk, Miller, AOL, Challege Butter, Gold’s Gym, Levis, Lifesavers, American Eagle, Hewlitt Packard, Motorola, Vive Pro, Hearts on Fire diamonds, St. Luke’s Hospital, Merrill Lynch, Eastern Bank, Aquos TV, Tazo Tea, Lexus, Boss, Day Runner, Tostidos Tortilla Chips, Gatorade, Wrangler.