Paperback Proof Copy is Here

This started out as a pretty regular Saturday. I groggily stumbled out of bed at 8:00 am to feed the cat and dog, then went immediately back to bed.  Why? Because it’s Saturday. Woke up again at the crack of 10:00 am and microwaved eggs for breakfast, then watched some latin music jam on NPR with husband.

Then it all changed.

Got home after a trip to Target for Starbucks and stuff, and what did I find in my mailbox? Only the most amazing thing ever in Katie history:  the paperback proof copy of Lightbringer.  Naturally, I tore into the packaging, held the book, and cried. Ten years guys, ten years. That’s how long this has been in the works. It took maybe three years of serious writing and editing to get this book, which is still, as I type, pressed to my heart.

But ten YEARS, talking about the story, formulating the idea in my mind. How does the adventure start, and when it starts, where do we go? What happens? Who are the characters? Why do I even care about them? Ten YEARS of listening to the characters evolve in my head, telling me what they want to say, how they want to say it, demanding that I don’t sensor –Lasher– them.

Now that I have the proof in my hands it’s so real, crazy, surreal, peaceful, EPIC! I want to make a living out of using words to paint you all a picture, but they’ve run dry in this moment. There’s a peaceful stillness in my soul. I did what I said I was going to do ten years ago. “I’m going to write a book.”

Then I bleep-ing did.

The words in my head right now are from Shawshank Redemption:  “Get busy livin’ or get busy dyin’.”




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Katie lives in Moorhead, MN with her husband, one cat and best dog, Howard. Her cat, after four years, has still not forgiven her for getting a dog, but such is a cat’s life. Dogs are crosses they must bear. Katie grew up on a dairy farm in rural Minnesota where the wheat and barley fields rolled in the summer wind like ocean waves, and where the snow storms wailed like banshees in the winter. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing, with a Minor in History from Minnesota State University of Moorhead, then she quickly learned how to answer a phone politely and how to document process so she could eat. She loves watching Netflix, knitting, crocheting, spinning, felting slippers, and wishes she had sheep…or Angora rabbits. Just one Angora rabbit. She would name that rabbit Sir Floofer Flops the III, because surely, he would come from a very old dignified family. Katie enjoys listening to Audible and teaching herself new languages. In the summer, she attempts to, and would like to believe she succeeds at, keeping all the plants in her garden alive, possibly with the help of foreign swear words — what the neighbors can’t understand, won’t hurt them.

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