Pictured Above: CHS English teacher Katie French (left) at Penned Con, a book convention in St. Louis, last September with her co-author Ingrid Seymour.
As a language arts teacher at Clarkston High School, Katie French shares her love of the written word with students. Like most Clarkston educators, she is passionate about her chosen subject; however, unlike most of us, Katie is sharing her talents on a much broader stage. She is an Amazon best-selling author in Young Adult Sci-Fi and Fantasy whose book, The Breeders, was a semi-finalist in the 2014 Kindle Book Awards. We asked Katie a few questions about her writing career and hope her answers inspire you as much as they inspired us.
What prompted you to create these stories for young people?
I've wanted to be a writer since my 7th grade English class, and I've been a huge reader from a very young age, so the progression to telling my own stories seemed very natural. I've also always been a lover of Young Adult books. I never lost the excitement I get when reading a really wonderful story about humans learning how the world works for the first time. There's nothing like first love or first discovery, and young people usually still have their sense of wonder intact. I love that.
How do story ideas come to you?
Story ideas come from everywhere — a song lyric, a news story, something else I'm reading. The problem I have now is that I have too many story ideas. I also co-write so my co-authors and I come up with ideas together. I love meshing two ideas into one and making that work. It creates a rich story that I couldn't come up with on my own.
About Clarkston Community Schools: Clarkston is a highly regarded school district with an enrollment of nearly 7,100 students. We have seven elementary schools (K-5), one middle school serving grades 6-7, one junior high for grades 8-9, and Clarkston High School, which serves students in grades 10-12. We also have a virtual academy, an Early Childhood Center serving children ages 3-5, and an alternative high school/community education facility. Clarkston Community Schools students are well-prepared for a future that excites them, and believe that they can achieve their dreams. The mission of Clarkston Community Schools is to create a learning environment where students, staff, and families are challenged, healthy, engaged, safe, and supported.
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