Here’s an official, “just the facts” bio. Click on the links below for more.
Listen to a fun radio interview Katrina did in January 2014 with Ron Rollins for his “Miami Valley Voices” program.
Katrina was born in Illinois but has lived in the Dayton area since first grade, (except for her Year as a Gypsy). She attended Ohio University and was Outstanding Graduating Senior for both the English and Education departments. She taught high school English and theatre at Centerville High School for five years, and she taught middle school English and theatre at the Miami Valley School for six. She has also worked as a house cleaner, a veterinary assistant, a children’s theatre director, a costumer, and as case management support for the AIDS Resource Center (formerly AIDS Foundation Miami Valley).
Katrina is the author of Traveling Light, Two Truths and a Lie, and The Kindness of Strangers, and The Blessings of the Animals, all with HarperPerennial. The Kindness of Strangers was a BookSense pick and the winner of the 2006 Great Lakes Book Award for Fiction. Early chapters from that novel earned her grants from both the Ohio Arts Council and Culture Works. The Blessings of the Animals was an Indie Next pick (August 2010), a Midwest Connections pick (September 2010), and chosen by the Women’s National Book Association as one of ten Great Group Reads for National Book Group Month (October 2010). Katrina’s first tween novel, Reasons to Be Happy, was published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky in October 2011.
When not writing, Katrina enjoys gardening, cooking, traveling, acting, speaking, and time spent in the presence of animals (with a special fondness for her odd cat Joey, her sweet beagle Ryley, and a particular goat named Humphrey). She is at work on another novel and very excited to be a part of the Puddingstone Project—collaborating with other artists on a children’s play. Acting is her second greatest love (next to writing), and she was thrilled to be back onstage most recently in Criminal Hearts at The Dayton Theatre Guild. She is the proud aunt of Amy and Nathan, and lives outside Dayton with her wonderful fella and their strange, goofy animals.
Katrina was honored to be the John E. Nance Writer-in-Residence at The Thurber House in Columbus, Ohio in October 2013. As a kid, she always wanted to live in a haunted house and she finally got her chance!
Katrina loves teaching creative writing classes in person and online, and encourages you to check out her Events & Classes page for classes and seminars. She is especially excited about her new ventures, which “are not writing classes but life classes,” including Leap and the Net Will Appear (all about creating positive change) and the Happy Class (all about getting more happiness in your life, and everyone could use more of that, right?). The next Happy Class is Tuesday, February 28. For those who have enjoyed the Leap class in the past, a follow-up Making the Leap Last begins March 1. Katrina also enjoys inspiring audiences with her Public Speaking and was incredibly honored to give a TED Talk for TEDx Dayton last October.