Author Katherine Grace Bond
What was the first book you got lost in you loved it so much?
I think it was Winnie the Pooh, read to me by my mother and grandmother. The Hundred-Acre Wood was so real to me, and my mother had grown up with a real hundred acre wood. Her childhood stories, along with the stories of Pooh and his friends combined in my mind into one magical place. And of course, my most treasured possession (perhaps even now!) was the stuffed Pooh Bear made for me by my Nana.
What is the best question a student has asked you?
Once, when I was a student teacher, I was reading aloud C.S. Lewis’s VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER. We got to the scene in which Eustace, who has been turned into a dragon, meets Aslan, the fierce and kind lion, who licks off all his scales and tells him to jump into the water, where he becomes a real boy again. A student—a fifth grader—raised his hand and said, “Mrs. Bond, is that a true story?”
Chills went up and down my spine. We had all been caught in that moment of truth—of the real world in the middle of the imagined. Eustace, who’d spent most of the book acting nasty and selfish, had been given a chance to reclaim his authentic self. “Yes,” I told the student. “In a way it is a true story.”
That’s the kind of book I want to write.
What is the funniest thing a student has asked you?
I can tell you what I’m asked almost every time: “Are you related to James Bond?”
I say I’m married to his dad. My husband’s name is Andrew, which really is the name of James Bond’s father in the Ian Fleming books!
Saturday May 27: At 2 p.m., Neverending Bookshop is excited to welcome local author Katherine Grace Bond and her book “The Summer of No Regrets”. She will be reading from it, answering questions, and signing copies as well as copies of her other books.
Wednesday, June 28, 7-9 Katherine reads at PoetryBridge in West Seattle
Full-Bodied Novel Writing Retreat Fri-Sun, July 21-23, Hood Canal
Katherine and special guest Janet Lee Carey explore Deep Characterization and the mind-body connection in a relaxing location that includes chef-prepared meals and a professional massage.
Writing for Children and Young Adult Audiences Wed eves, starting 7/19, Seattle
Want to write for kids or teens? (Clock hours available for teachers!)
Bellevue College Summer Teen Program (middle and high school)
(register ASAP; some of these fill REALLY fast!)
Welcome to the Tribe of Writers! We’ll write fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction.
Geek Fiction Writing for Teens Mon-Thurs midday, July 17-20
Doctor Who for homework? Yes! Study your favorite fandoms, then write.
Teenage Novelist: Plotting and Scheming Mon-Thurs afts, July 17-20
Create a complete outline of your novel, and a synopsis – “the story of the story.”
Writer’s Intensive Mon-Fri all day, July 23-27
A serious workout for your creative project, along with a dash of sun, glorious writing time, and incisive feedback.
Katherine Grace Bond loves writing for and listening to young people, and encouraging them to take their own writing seriously. Her books include the YA novel THE SUMMER OF NO REGRETS, its companion book LUKE’S JOURNAL, and the bestselling THE LEGEND OF THE VALENTINE, a story of the Civil Rights Movement, as well as three poetry collections. She has been a poet for SAM Word at the Seattle Art Museum, the Seattle City Council’s Word’s Worth Program, Poets Against Hate at the Seattle Public Library, and her work has been performed by That Uppity Theatre in St. Louis. Her writing has also appeared in numerous magazines, journals, and anthologies.
A lifelong educator and certified K-12 teacher, Katherine has focused on teen writers since the early 90’s, believing that creative communities save lives. She is the founder of EpicWrite, a nonprofit outdoor live action role-playing and writing community where participants come as their characters. Epicwrite also has Storycraft classes and retreats for teens and adults. Katherine is a 2010 Jack Straw Writer, and the recipient of a 2012 4Culture grant for her work-in-progress (a time-travel novel in verse), and is looking forward to a residency at Camac Centre d’Art in Marnay-sur-Seine, France in the fall of 2017.