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Introducing Kathryn the Grape (and a “Grape”Giveaway)

November 11, 2011

I had the pleasure of meeting the amazing Kathryn Cloward this summer at a blogging conference here in San Diego. Kathryn is a successful entreprenuer, hosts a weekly blog talk radio show, and is the owner and founder of NaturalKidz.com.

But most notably, she is Kathryn the Grape, or the writer of the Kathryn the Grape children’s book series.

Kathryn is incredibly motivating and energetic, and her children’s books are nothing short of those qualities. The stories are easy to read, teach valuable lessons, are filled with color, and engage the young readers (or listener) from page one. And I say this with experience; Sophie attended a Kathryn the Grape’s Colorful Adventure reading and was completely engrossed by the young heroine. She also read the book the entire drive home.

I am very fortunate that Kathryn took the time to answer a few questions about herself, the books, and her journey into independent publishing. And even more special – today is the one-year anniversary of the Kathryn the Grape book series. Be sure to keep reading for information on a special giveaway!

1. Why did you decide to write children’s books?

I am an accidental children’s book author.  What I mean by that is while I always desired self expression, writing children’s books was not on my radar until my mom suggested (back in 1999) that Kathryn the Grape (my childhood nickname) should be a children’s book character. That idea percolated for many years until 2009 when the creativity started pouring out of me and I just had to start writing.  At first I did not know where it would all lead to, but I trusted I would figure it out.

2. What have you most enjoyed about writing children’s books?

I love the creative process.  I love that a seed of an idea was planted years ago has now become books I can hold in my hand; a book my son can hold in his hand.  It is the ultimate manifestation that anything – and I mean anything – is possible.  I also love the collaborative process, as Kathryn the Grape has been brought to life with the hard work and dedication of my committed team.

3. Has your son inspired you as a writer?

My son is my greatest inspiration and he literally inspires me every day.  I am learning through him as he learns and grows. In fact the inspiration for the third Kathryn the Grape book came from a conversation I had with my son in early 2011.

4. Do you recommend the self publishing journey?

Independent publishing is a lot of hard work. It is not for everyone. At the end of the day, the reason I chose to publish independently had everything to do with creative control. I have always had a very clear vision for what Kathryn the Grape would represent, and the notion of someone else owning that vision or having controlling interest in fulfilling that purpose did not feel right. I am a business woman who understands the value of seeking out and asking for help, so I sought out the right people and the right resources and as a result, my publishing company has produced a top-notch hard cover book packed with inspiring lessons children and parents love.

5. What advice do you have for prospective children’s book writers?

I firmly believe that you are able to manifest anything you desire if take action steps forward and work very hard. A lot of people ask me how I do all I do, and I don’t sugar coat it. I work extremely hard. I have taken huge risks, and have made tremendous sacrifices. My team has worked hard and made sacrifices. But we all believe we are on purpose, and that is what keeps us going.  When a child comes up to me after I share Kathryn the Grape at a school assembly and tells me that I made her feel special – that makes it all worth it.  To know that Kathryn the Grape is inspiring children means her purpose is being fulfilled.

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I’m helping Kathryn celebrate her anniversary by giving away one signed copy of Kathryn the Grape’s Colorful Adventure, as well as a bunch of other Kathryn goodies.

Simply leave me a comment (about anything) and you will be entered to win. And even those of you without kids should enter. I’m sure you can give this awesome book to your niece, nephew, grandchild, neighbor or friend’s kid. I’ll randomly draw a winner Sunday evening and post it as part of my Monday post.

In addition to this giveaway, Kathryn is having an anniversary sale on the Kathryn the Great website in which all books are only $11! Sale takes place Friday through Sunday (sale code is anniversary).

Thank you, Kathryn, for your inspiration, friendship and the wonderfully colorful stories that are now a part of our family bookshelf.

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16 Comments leave one →
  1. November 11, 2011 3:18 am

    It’s great you were able to interview her. I find the mask though sort of scary!

  2. November 11, 2011 3:49 am

    I haven’t heard of this book, and don’t have kids of my own, but I know just who I will give it to when I win!

  3. November 11, 2011 5:01 am

    Cute! I love, love, love books, and I so hope that our children will catch the love of literature too. 🙂

  4. November 11, 2011 6:42 am

    Kathryn sounds like a fun and good hearted lady. I love how you take Sophie to so many special places and now to meet such an inspirational lady. 🙂

    Please, don’t add me in your give-away. I don’t have any little ones around and I think the book & goodies should go to someone who does. 😉

  5. November 11, 2011 7:10 am

    Leah, this is great that you give us the opportunity to meet an author we may not have heard of, up close and personal. Kathryn the Grape sounds like so much fun for kids!

  6. November 11, 2011 7:26 am

    What a great story. And I love her line, “We all believe that we are on purpose.” Just imagine how our lives would change if we all believed we were on purpose.

    Thanks for commenting on my SITS day. It was a fun day for me.

    I hope you have a lovely weekend.

  7. November 11, 2011 11:26 am

    Thanks for posting this interview. I’m curious to learn more about the team she put together.

  8. November 11, 2011 6:54 pm

    I love your inteviews with authors. It’s so great to meet new writers and get the inside scoop on their journies to publication.

  9. November 11, 2011 7:04 pm

    My bookworm of a daughter would just LOVE another colorful book to add to her collection!

  10. November 11, 2011 7:05 pm

    That is SO cool! It’s amazing how hard work pays off! Thank you for the interview – I’ve just started hearing about the self-publishing world

  11. November 11, 2011 8:31 pm

    So fun! Love the purple jogging suit! 😉 How neat that you were able to meet and interview her ~ love the pic, too!

  12. November 11, 2011 8:37 pm

    I admire her courage. I’ve had a children’s book idea marinating in my head for a few years now and haven’t made much progress yet.

    Thanks for introducing me to this author and her books. I’m always looking for good reading for Sebastian (and his little sister coming in Feb).

  13. November 12, 2011 2:40 am

    Great interview — I love reading about other writers’ journeys! I also love that Kathryn self-published to maintain the creative control. I admire the hard work to do that!

  14. November 12, 2011 5:14 pm

    Sounds like a great series. You and Sophie are so lucky to have met her.I will see if I can get it for the class:)

  15. November 13, 2011 6:37 am

    Great interview! I love learning about other authors’ journeys. And I love little four year olds reading books! Too cute.

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