Katheryn’s interest in writing kick-started when she learned that anyone, even a child, could write poetry. Poetry can certainly be boring, but it is never wrong. Glory be! All you need are words, wonderful words, to start a poem, to birth a character, to build a world, to construct a potent essay, to change the world.
Katheryn’s favorite topics to write about are the joys of sensory engagement, finding courage, and embracing life’s challenges with a smirk.
She is currently working on multiple children’s picture book projects.
When she’s not writing, you’ll find her racing trucks around a trampoline with her toddler, running, traveling to beautiful places, hiking to waterfalls or epic views, and loving her husband, son, and her time on this crazy planet.
Katheryn graduated from the University of Puget Sound magna cum laude with a B.A. in Politics and Government – International Relations and a minor in Biology.
While there, she was the recipient of the Writing and Excellence Award in 2003 and the Outstanding Research Award in 2006 for her Senior Thesis: “Uncertainty in the International System: How Rhetoric, the Trans-Atlantic GMO Trade War, and International Pressure Impede the Self-Determination of Developing Countries.”
During her college years, she was a Public Health Intern with the Maui Public Health Department; a Development Intern with Free the Slaves – an international non-profit based in Washington D.C.; and a Public Policy Intern with the Tacoma City Council. She spent a semester abroad studying the European Union and German at the University of Freiburg in Germany.
When she wasn’t writing or studying, Katheryn volunteered with Read Across America, rowed on the Crew Team, and was a member of the National Political Honors Society and the Mortar Board Honors Society.
Katheryn relishes travel and experiencing life through a wide lens and an open heart. She has criss-crossed the U.S. and Canada in vans and trailers and traveled extensively in Eastern and Western Europe and Mexico.
After college, Katheryn worked for a real estate development firm in Seattle and a not-for-profit in Minneapolis until 2008; when her father was diagnosed with cancer and she moved back to Maui to be close to him and supportive of her family.
While care-taking, she taught English-as-a-Second-Language at the University of Hawaii, Maui College. She taught five classes on literature, writing, business and college entry skills to adult international students.
After her father passed away, Katheryn managed 24 rentals on Maui and in Virginia. As a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Island Properties, she facilitated oceanfront condo sales and then worked in sales for a luxury vacation rental management company.
Most recently, Katheryn has devoted the majority of her time to writing and raising her young son. She hopes you will join her on her writing journey – adventures await!