She was the owner and executive producer at Cedar House Audio, an audio production company specializing in spoken word that is located in Seattle, Washington, United States. Her most noted work is the voice of Daisy in Mario Tennis.
Fleming died when a flash flood trapped her inside her Madison Valley basement studio during the Hanukkah Eve Wind Storm of 2006. She is survived by her partner of nine years, Charlene Strong.
Fleming was born in Arlington, Virginia. She grew up in the Washington, D.C. area and graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1987 (Bachelor of Arts, Religion). Fleming studied at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, Kentucky and was an alumna of the 1987/1988 Apprentice Company. After a stint as a professional actor, she branched into audio books in the mid-1990s. Fleming recorded well over 200 titles, many under the stage name Anna Fields.
In 2004, Fleming won the Audie Award for Unabridged Fiction for her performance of Ruth Ozeki's All Over Creation. In a 1 July 2005 interview with the William & Mary Alumni Association, Fleming noted several of her favorite narration projects:
- Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
- The Falls by Joyce Carol Oates
- Baker Towers by Jennifer Haigh
- And, “Any title” by Louise Erdrich
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- Cedar House Audio
- AudioFile magazine Golden Voices profile
- An obituary on the lesbian site AfterEllen.com
- Book World Loses Narrator Kate Fleming December 19, 2006 on National Public Radio; Two minutes and 52 seconds. (Windows Media Player, RealPlayer).
- Add your voice to the chorus calling for equality and dignity, Guest column by Charlene Strong, Seattle Times, August 9, 2007
- In tragedy's wake, an unlikely activist is born, Seattle Gay News, November 16, 2007
- "for my wife" movie trailer"