Hi there, I am Katja – welcome to my website.
I am from Germany, living in Karlsruhe with the best husband on the planet and two girls, who grow up way to fast.
I am a bit of a busy bee – easily distracted and fast to fall for new projects and ideas. From quilting to painting, from gardening to baking, I wish each day had 48 hours for all the things I would love to do. But there are only 24h which means I am usually quite sleep deprived. I deal with that as best I can.
On this blog, I’ll document my journey in the world of words and images and story and all that lies in between. I’ll write about the craft, what I learned and whom I met along the way. I’ll let you know about the challenges, obstacles and eventually–hopefully–the success stories; a chronic of sorts so that I can look back one day and see, what I have accomplished and how I did it and who helped me on my way.
I grew up in a family that loved books. For a while, my grandparents, living in the teacher’s flat of their village’s old school building, had the local library in their house. Literally next door. Next room even–just across the hallway in the old school’s classroom. Needless to say, I have always been surrounded by books and have always enjoyed reading them.
I can not remember the first story I made up. I probably tried to spoof my older sister. My mind’s tendency to imagine new places, characters, and events…surely this was commonplace and everyone else was doing the same when daydreaming on the bus to school? For quite some time, those stories lived only in my head. I never bothered to write them down.
That has changed now. The urge to pen down what played in my imagination grew stronger and stronger over the years. For a while, I fought it. For yet some more years, life intervened. But eventually, I just went ahead and started writing.
At first, I just wrote without a real goal or plan. I did not get far with any idea, no matter if it was a character, a situation or a mystery. But even then I was a writer. After all, I wrote! Still, those early days left me unsatisfied and without much headway in any of my pet projects, I felt not quite up to the task. Only in late 2015, I was finally at a point where I wanted to change my way of approaching writing. And with it came the desire to move from being a writer to being an author.
In early 2016 I joined the SCBWI. Most of the things I wrote were in English and I was in desperate need of fellow writers who wrote in English, too. And I got lucky. The SCBWI has chapters all over the world, and by chance one of the groups of the Germany-Austria chapter met in Stuttgart – just an hour travel time from my home. Connecting with others who shared my interest has been a great source of inspiration ever since.
Starting in September 2018, I took over the role as Regional Advisor for the SCBWI Germany/Austria chapter. I’m happy to have so many lovely people in my life, many of them native English speakers. It’s a real pleasure to know and work with them and help to fulfill our shared dreams.
(Angaben gemäß § 5 TMG:)