Welcome to Kateywrites, my spot to share with you the things that matter to me – like motherhood, changing careers, children’s books and probably some ridiculous rants like how hard it is to be a 6′ tall woman in a 5’8″ world.
I write children’s picture and chapter books – and I am represented by the incredible Essie White of Storm Literary Agency. My debut picture book GRANDMOTHER THORN is scheduled to release in 2017 from Ripple Grove Press.
My next picture book, MAGNOLIA MUDD AND THE MUDD-POWERED PLAN was recently acquired by Sterling Children’s Books. Check my website for news and updates about this exciting project!!
I’m a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (AKA SCBWI. OMG!) and a participant of several critique groups that, if I’m totally honest, keep me from quitting the writing game on a fairly regular basis.
I have loved writing stories and poetry from a very young age, and I was an avid reader from the time I could sound out words on road signs. In high school, I was admitted to a magnet school that focused on teaching advanced levels of math and science, and I excelled there. I was driven by that success, by ambition and by well-meaning guidance to pursue a career in science, despite my love of the arts. I never thought of “the artsy part” of me as something that could be anything more than a fun hobby.
After a 10+ year career as a physical therapist – years that were incredibly fulfilling and exciting – I gave birth to my 3rd daughter. I realized that I couldn’t keep working full time at a job that was emotionally and physically taxing while giving my family the kind of love, attention and energy I felt they deserved. As hard as it was to leave my coworkers and clients (some of whom I’d been treating for many years!) I became a stay at home mom.
My littlest is now 6, and I have been grateful for (almost) every moment I’ve had at home with my girls. They have been years filled with hilarity and growth and learning for all of us. I have been blessed to have the opportunity to spend this time with them. But the time away from my busy, high pressure job also gave me a space to think about my career choices, and about the part of me I wasn’t giving a chance.
Kateywrites is just one way I am giving myself that chance. The chance to be a “real” writer. The chance to see my books on the shelf. The chance to touch children’s hearts with my words. The chance to share the tools I use to inspire a love of reading in my kids with so many other caregivers.
I am already so many things (PT, mother, wife, chauffeur, general contractor, tutor, guinea pig groomer and sloppy seamstress among them) that it has taken significant changes in my lifestyle to convince myself that this “author thing” is for real.
The book deals have helped. Signing with an agent has helped. So have conferences, writer friends, and my new gig contributing to the incredible All the Wonders website, home of The Children’s Book Podcast and the Picturebooking Podcast.
In light of all these changes, this blog is a great way to keep me grounded. Grounded in what I really love about my life – the fact that I am blessed to have the time and energy and support to play and laugh and READ with my ids every day – all while writing books that other parents will someday read aloud with their kids. It doesn’t get much better than that.
I’d love to have your curiosity, support and input along my journey. Hope it makes you smile!