We had the good fortune of connecting with Katie J. Douglas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Katie, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I started teaching high school English when I was 22 years old. I’ve always loved the written word. I love books, poetry, short stories, anything really. It has always been a dream of mine to write a novel, and I tried and failed for many many years to do so. Writing for me is like therapy, expressing myself creatively is just sort of like coming home. I realize now more than ever that I need it in order to be myself and to be happy. I think everyone needs to be creative in order to be human, we just all express it in different ways.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My first book “Forever Today” came out a little over a year ago. This book was the first of a trilogy with my second book “Snowfall” launching this past October. I recently finished the manuscript to the third and final book, “Somewhere in Time”, which will be published in October of 2020. It feels like such an accomplishment to finally bring the story to a close. I recently returned to teaching both high school and community college, so completing this final book was incredibly challenging. I can’t wait to share it with my readers!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Whenever anybody comes to Tucson, I always take them to Lil Abner‘s steakhouse or somewhere in South Tucson for Mexican food. El Indio is one of my favorites. Sabino Canyon is the perfect place for a hike and a trip to the San Xavier Mission is always on the agenda. If they come during the spring, I would certainly take them to a U of A baseball game to have beer in the sunshine.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My whole family, my husband and children, have been instrumental in my success. My family, along with all of my friends, have encouraged me to keep pushing forward with my writing. My close friends and family members are always the first ones to read my books, and their feedback always fuels my soul. My editor, Dr. Megan Hennessey, has been so supportive. She’s the first person to look over my work and has provided so much guidance over the years. I couldn’t complete my books without her.
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