Name: Katherine Clay
Occupation: Community College student, English major
Location: Northern California
Aspiration: To become a professional novelist and teach literature at the college level.
When I was five I wrote my first book, my own version of Peter Pan. Okay so I didnít actually write it. I drew the pictures and told my mom what to write and finished it up by stapling the pages together. Anyway, that was when I told my mother I was going to be a writer when I grew up. I havenít changed my mind since. In elementary school I read a poem for a talent show even though I thought Iíd die of stage fright. The summer before my freshman year of high school I attended the California State Summer School for the Arts on a full scholarship for creative writing and I graduated from a high school for the arts. Iíve had a few poems published in anthologies. Iíve written two young adult novels as well as one aimed at adults. Although theyíre not published yet I have gotten some encouragement and intend to keep on trying.
If I could have one wish it would be to make people more tolerant and open-minded of others differences because I think that people miss out on a lot due to prejudice. They stop seeing people as people and start seeing them as ideas or views. I donít believe that this is helpful to any of the people involved and simplifies the complexity that makes up human beings.
In addition to this site, I also run the Yahoo Group Children of Disabled Parents
If you want to know more, you can always e-mail me
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