Katie was born in Toronto, Ontario and grew up in the suburbs of Ottawa. An avid swimmer and movie-goer, she loved dreaming up plays for her friends to act out. She went to movie camp and took theatre workshops which eventually led to her landing the role of a spinster librarian in a grade eight school play … the pinnacle of her acting career.
After high school, Katie earned a double major in Film and English, followed by a deep dive into the world of waitressing where she met a bartender and married him. Together, they have a daughter, Alexandra.
The two decades that followed saw Katie forge a career as an award-winning screenwriter and director, collaborating on projects in animation, television and motion pictures. Her work has received support from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts, and her films have screened at the San Francisco International Film Festival, Sudbury Cinefest, Local Heroes International Film Festival and the NSI Film Exchange.
As a freelance writer, Katie has contributed articles to Problogger, Zen Habits, Live Bold & Bloom, Write To Done, Be More With Less, Tiny Buddha and Rowdy Kittens. In 2013, Katie’s manuscript, 22 Mondays (aka Gone Monday), won the top prize in the international Mslexia Women’s Novel Writing Competition.
With her trusty golden retriever, Levi, by her side, Katie went on to write another novel, Dark August. The mystery thriller was picked up by Harper Perennial in December 2018. It is set in the West Wellington neighbourhood where Katie lives with her husband, Andy, and nearby her daughter, Alex. Katie’s beloved dog, Levi, figures prominently in the novel. Sadly, he left this world too soon, but lives on in the novel – set for a 2020 summer release.
Photo by Karl Roeder