When she was at school, Katie was crazy about books and determined to become an author one day. She spent endless hours writing, drawing, and putting together her creations. Sadly, somewhere along the way she forgot about her childhood ambition. She became busy doing other things like studying (for degrees and diplomas in horticultural technology, marketing, insurance) working, travelling and raising a family.
It wasn’t until decades later, when reading to her three youngsters, Katie realized she loves children’s books even more than she loves adult’s books. And then, she remembered she’d always wanted to write them...
So she started writing and hasn’t looked back.
In 2011 her first picture book manuscript was shortlisted for a major award in her home country of New Zealand (The Joy Cowley Award). In 2012 she received a mentorship through the New Zealand Society of Authors. Since then she’s had many short stories published in the New Zealand School Journal and The NSW School Magazine in Australia, and she’s written picture books for educational publishers. In 2015 her original fairytale Michael and the Magic Tree was published in an illustrated collection and her middle grade manuscript, The Doll’s House, was shortlisted for the Tom Fitzgibbon Award.
When she’s not writing or reading Katie likes spending time with her family, running (slowly), tramping, pottering around in her garden, and cooking for family and friends. She also loves travelling and scuba diving – both things she hasn’t done nearly enough of in recent years.
Katie lives in Auckland, New Zealand with her husband and her three school age children.