Katie Kennedy is a college history instructor. She used to teach in a fire station. When the alarm rang, the entire class jumped up and ran out of the room. She became an LPN in order to write more accurate medical scenes. She has been lost in Moscow, and rousted by the KGB for sitting in Red Square to eat her ice cream. She has been bitten by a fish. Katie lives in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with her husband, daughter, and son, in a town with a million bats.
Katie’s debut novel, LEARNING TO SWEAR IN AMERICA (Bloomsbury, July 5, 2016), is a Young Adult contemporary/sci fi crossover. With an asteroid approaching, NASA calls in seventeen-year-old Russian physics prodigy Yuri Strelnikov. While he’s trying to save the world, Yuri meets Dovie, and catches a glimpse of what it means to live a life worth saving.
- Favorite childhood book: THE LITTLE HOUSE books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
- Childhood aspiration: She wanted to be a history teacher. And she is.
- Being a 2016 debut author: She still thinks it’s an elaborate hoax.