Born with a birth defect that weakened her spine but not her mind. Katherine Magnoli has spent 28 years viewing the world from her wheelchair. This unqieu perspective of people, places, and things has given her an insight into people that makes her the perfect author to help children understand the challenges facing those with disabilities. Originally from the suburbs of New York, Katherine currently lives in Sunny Isles Beach, FL. Though she is in a wheelchair bound Katherine is committed to living the most independent and fulfilling life possible regardless of her disability. Katherine juggles her life as a student working towards her bachelors’ degree in Special Education at Miami Dade College and working as a teacher assistant at Kesher School of North Miami Beach with her writing career. She is also currently taking wheelchair tennis lessons and hopes to show children with disabilities that anything is possible. Katherine Magnoli has been accepted to be an intern in the Emerging Transformational Leadership Progran of University of Miami. Inspite of her busy schedule, Katherine is seen nas a super hero by most because, she is always ready to help family and friends work through the issues facing them.
What inspires you to write?
I am inspired by children and how they view disability. I want to be able to take their fear and curiousity and change it into admiration if possible. I also would love to have my books be a source for bully prevention or hopefully ending bullying all together.
Tell us about your writing process
I am definitely a seat of the pants type author
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I do not talk to my characters but I definitely as I am writing get a sense of who they are and that helps me know what they would say and how they would react to an experience. I also oddly enough read each page as I go along and do little voices for each character so I can make sure it sounds like something they would say and if not I change it.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Well the story is interesting one day at a pool I was being stared at by a child and when I came back to my apartment I decided I wanted to write a story about a girl in a wheelchair who is a super hero. I then showed it to my mother who really loved it and she passed it along to my grandmother who really enjoyed it as well. She then decided that she wanted to market the book as one of her Educational Toys for her company Dexter. Then came a year and a half long process of editting and perfecting the story. I also went on a search for the greatest illustrator who could capture the essence of the story and fortunately came upon and old childhood friend named Scott D’ Antuono who was able to create exactly what I was looking for. I would advise authors to explore any option of working with a publisher they trust and get a long with.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I really hope it continues because in my humble opinion there is nothing better than going to a library or a book store and picking out a book and being able to turn the pages and not get lost in the shuffle of having to scroll down and lose your spot because it is too confusing.
What genres do you write:: Children’s Book Fiction
What formats are your books in: Print