About Writer Kat

Me

Welcome to my little writing spot! I’m a young chronically ill writer, mother, wife, and Christian, empowered by a number of things that include heapings of grace, modern medicine, coffee, and hair dye.

My Writing

I wrote my first novel, Bookomon, by hand in multiple spiral-bound notebooks when I was in the second grade. Billed as a witty sociocultural critique of the Pokemon craze that was sweeping my Midwestern elementary school, I would be surprised if I could even read it today thanks to my atrocious handwriting (but I do so wish I still had those notebooks, just to see!).

Ever since then, becoming a novelist has been one of my greatest goals and dreams. I have written a lot since then, most projects abandoned in various stages of completion. But I finally found one with sticking power, and finished a full first draft of that novel, Panic Cat, in October 2016. I am now working toward self-publication and plan to have the book ready to purchase on Amazon by the end of this spring 2019.

Panic Cat is an emerging adult light fantasy novel that deals with mental health themes, and is the first in a four-book series.

I originally started this blog in January 2017 to chronicle my novel’s road to self-publication, and I planned to self-publish by the end of that year. But then, I ended up focusing on my health instead, which needed to be the priority, and my novel needed to be put on the back burner. Through that whole time, I still worked and was a mom and wife. Something had to give, and it was self-publishing.

I am now pursuing self-publication once again, and hope that you’ll be able to read Panic Cat by the end of spring 2019. Stay tuned for updates!

My Family

Portrait by Brooke Burnett

I have been married for almost 6 years to my college sweetheart, who I’ll refer to as E here on the blog, and we have one 5 year old daughter, who I’ll refer to as S.

E is also a writer (currently unpublished as well), and an investigator, and he is also one of the hardest working people I know.

S is a passionate lover of dolls and dinosaurs. She is smart, loving, and fearless.

My Illnesses

I am chronically ill, and my writing often centers around my illnesses.

I have Chiari Malformation, a structural brain abnormality that seems to be causing lots of other illnesses and problems as of late. I also have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome which causes pain and subluxations/dislocations. I have some sort of serious gastrointestinal problems that is causing severe nausea and vomiting. Because of this, I am on a very strict diet. I have a lot of specialist appointments coming up to try and figure more out.

I have chronic allergic rhinitus and am allergic to a lot of things, especially antibiotics. I have random hive reactions, sometimes out of the blue when I can’t tell what I’m reacting to. I also have psoriasis and postural tachycardia.

So what does that mean in my day to day life?

Honestly, it’s incredibly variable.

More About Me

I am still best friends with several of my best friends from high school (and even earlier).

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from a tiny Presbyterian-affililiated liberal arts college in central Michigan where the marching band wears kilts and there are bagpipes at every event. We are very very proud of our Scottish heritage. I majored in Religious Studies and minored in English Literature. My favorite part of college, other than meeting my husband and several of my best friends, was spending a semester in London, studying Shakespeare.

I have a Master’s in Divinity with a specialization in Youth and Young Adult Development. I work full-time for an educational non-profit.

Connect With Me

I am a frequent contributor to The Mighty, a “a digital health community created to empower and connect people facing health challenges and disabilities.” (source) You can find my profile here.

I am a member of the Chronic Illness Bloggers Network.

Like my blog page on Facebook here.

I write for the parenting website Hellobee as Mrs. Snowflake. Since December, when I started on Hellobee, the majority of my writing has been on there, though I am planning to start back writing here as well especially as I amp up self-publication of my novel.

Looking forward to journeying with you!

Go Well,

Kat

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