Kate Fleming was an extraordinary woman. She was an artist, a singer, successful business owner, beautiful dancer, beloved friend, and loving partner. She was always the funniest person in the room. With her generous and kind spirit, she was a truly special light in the world and will be dearly missed by so many.
Kate was born in Washington DC in 1965, and grew up in Alexandria, Virginia. She graduated from the College of William and Mary with a degree in religious studies. An accomplished actress, she studied at the Louisville School of Acting and, in the 1990s, acted professionally in Washington D.C. After moving to Seattle, Kate sang with the Washingtonians, a Seattle comedy show choir. Kate felt passionately her mission to help others work in their chosen craft, a devotion that honored her father and his work in the labor movement.
An award-winning audio book narrator, Kate was the founder and owner of Cedar House Audio, a successful audio book production company based in Seattle. Kate narrated over 250 audio books and was known worldwide for her superb narration work under the name of “Anna Fields”. In 2004 she won the distinquished Audie Award for Unabridged Fiction for ALL OVER CREATION by Ruth Ozeki–which in a review was called “just about perfect.”
Kate was blessed with a loving and joyful marriage to her partner of nine years, Charlene Strong. The youngest of 8 children (6 sisters and 1 brother), Kate has 16 nieces and nephews. Her mother is Audrey Fleming, of Alexandria; her father, John Fleming, died in 2004. Kate loved animals and felt a strong affinity for St. Francis of Assisi. She was Roman Catholic and a parishioner at Seattle’s St. Therese parish.
Who is Anna Fields? Anna Fields was Kate Fleming’s great grandmother. She was an actress at the turn of the last century. Known for her beautiful singing voice, she was called the Nightingale.
As a tribute to her, Kate used her name when she narrated audio books. When Kate entered the booth she became Anna Fields.
Anna has voiced over 250 audiobooks.
- She’s received 5 Audie nominations from the Audio Publishers Association and is proud to have won in 2004 for All Over Creation by Ruth Ozeki.
- She’s been honored by Audiofile magazine with more than a dozen Earphones Awards.
- She has read for a wide variety of publishers including Harper, Time Warner, Random House, Books on Tape, Blackstone Audio Inc., BBC Audiobooks America, Listen and Live Audio, Audio Partners, and more.