So I love this book, these characters .. and the fact that Katie is here today talking about Awesome Women, something very close to my heart. Over to you, Katie...
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It’s funny you ask. While writing this I am days away from my US release and I was thinking about people I’d love to give a finished copy to. One of these people is a teacher/coach I had in high school.
I first met her my freshman year when I walked onto my school’s tennis team. She scared me a little, because let’s face it, most adults did. In my sophomore year, I had her for history and from that point forward she became a pivotal person in my life.
In her class, we often had to write essays and give speeches. She saw something in me, in my writing, in the stories I told during my speeches, and she told me that she thought I had a talent. She encouraged me to enter my essays into contests and to enter speech competitions. Under her advice I did and I was shocked when I succeeded.
On the court, she encouraged my quest to play competitively outside the high school arena. When I couldn’t find rides to tournaments or to the above speech competitions, she drove me. One summer, she drove me to a town an hour and a half away on her birthday so I could compete.
This woman told me more than once that I was college material and that I should keep my goals high. It is because of her faith in me that I’m where I’m at today.
If you had any advice for yourself as a teenager, what would you say?
That this too shall pass. When I was a teenager, I felt that every situation I found myself in would endure for the rest of my life. It’s not true. While some situations were harder than others, each morning brought a new day and a renewed sense of hope that I’d someday find happiness.
Who are your top literary heroines?
Katniss Everdeen from the Suzanne Collin’s Hunger Games
Frannie Goldsmith from Stephen King’s The Stand
Alice Bell from Gena Showalter’s Alice in Zombieland