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The woman wandered over as we straightened out the stack of books on the table. “Which of you is the author?” She asked, glancing at one of the covers from the other side of the table. I immediately pointed at Katie, who smiled.
For as long as I’ve known Katie, she’s been talking about being a writer. She is my friend Hannah’s older sister so, from my five-years-younger point of view, she has also always been in the process of becoming an author. It was never whether or not she would publish a book. Rather it was just a matter of when.
In one of my signed books, Katie wrote “For Dylan, you’re not my mom”. Which sounds like a strange inscription unless you were there to see how proudly (and stupidly) I was beaming throughout the entire launch. It was so bad that Katie had to remind me that I am not her mother and my pride was a little bit over the top.
It may seem silly, but I am still that proud of her. (I’d say don’t tell her, but she’s probably reading this blog post and now knows anyway…) Katie has been a real life example of the determination, dedication, and belief that it takes to make your dreams come true. I’ve watched her find the time to write even when life, day jobs, and cats all vie for her attention. Even when it would’ve been easier to give up. Even in the face of external (and, probably, internal) doubt.
Katie, I still can’t believe I got to take these photos and be a small part of your author journey. (Aside from my embarrassing antics at your book signing events.) I cannot wait to see what the future holds for your career and to continue watching the stack of Katherine Locke books grow on my shelf.