My name is Katie. My NaNoWriMo username is quixotic_hope, though nobody on the chat rooms ever felt like spelling out the whole thing, so my name was shortened to quix. I have been introduced by both names, and I will respond to either. I live outside of Atlanta. I have a BA in English from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s in teaching from Mercer University.
I’ve always loved books. When I was little, my mother would tell people that I knew how to read even though I couldn’t – I just knew the stories by heart. On my first grade report card, my teacher wrote that I was very quite but loved to write stories. In second grade, I wrote my first “novel” called “The Very First Pet Leopard.” It features a girl who goes camping with her family and stumbles across her long-lost twin brother and a leopard. It is horrible, but it is the oldest story I have, and it amuses me.
Over the next decade, I wrote more. I wrote my first chapter-book in fifth grade, my first screenplay in eighth grade (based on the chapter-book). I started writing Harry Potter fan fiction in middle and high school. I participated in my first NaNoWriMo in 2007, my first Script Frenzy in 2008.
I took a few creative writing classes and wrote short stories for them, but I didn’t take writing seriously. I always knew that becoming a writer was my dream, but it seemed like the type of dream that would never really happen.
That changed November 2011. I wrote 222,545 words for NaNoWriMo. I realized I actually liked what I was writing. I wrote more. I started learning about the publishing process. I now know for a fact that I want to be a published author. I’m not yet sure if that means going the traditional route or the self-publishing route, but I know that I’m going to keep writing.
Feel free to email me here: quixotic.hope689 (at) gmail(dot)com
Or find me on Twitter: @quixotic_hope