Katherine is is the author of the critically-acclaimed YA contemporary novels, HOW TO BE BRAVE (2015) and THE BEST POSSIBLE ANSWER (2016), both from St. Martin’s Press/Griffin Teen. She has worked as a middle, high school, and community college teacher for over two decades, and she currently teaches full-time at Pasadena City College. Katherine holds an M.A. in English from the University of California, Irvine as well as an M.S. in Kinesiology, with a focus on Integrative Wellness, from Point Loma Nazarene University.
Having completed multiple certifications, including to become a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200, 2011) and an ACE certified personal trainer (2019) while also living with multiple invisible illnesses, she is passionate about bodily self-determination and health equity. She believes holistic and inclusive approaches to healing and growth should be accessible to all.
Katherine has served as a mentor and on faculty for her local SCBWI chapter and as a board member for the Children's Literature Council of Southern California, and she is a proud team member of We Need Diverse Books. As the queer daughter of an immigrant, she was especially proud to be honored as PCC's 2019 Ally of the Year, for her work supporting undocumented and LGBTQ students.
Katherine is interested in the stories we tell, the stories we are given, and the ways we can redefine our worlds by discovering which stories are true. She believes in working towards a future that is inclusive, empathetic, and full of love.
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In addition to being an acclaimed YA author, I am a creative writing teacher, yoga teacher, and health coach. I love speaking to groups – children, teens, and adults – and I’d love to visit yours! I am available for visits with schools, book clubs, home school groups, and libraries, Skype visits, writing workshops, conferences and book festivals.
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