Creating a Legacy with Katherine Paterson

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My guest today is literally a living legend — one of a small handful of people selected by the Library of Congress for their contributions to society. She’s the author of many books, a few of which have also become movies. One of the many is the beloved novel, Bridge to Terabithia read in 4th through 6th-grade schools around the world.

I am so grateful to have a chance to interview Katherine. Her wisdom and presence were so refreshing and fun pattern interrupt to the typical guest demographic.

We talked about career, writing, balancing family and work goals, loss and how she got started as a writer later in life than many (which I found to be very encouraging).

Also, I ask all of my guests if there’s anything they’d like to invite listeners to do. Her response is stopped me in my tracks. Make sure to listen through to it.


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In this episode you’ll learn:

  • Whether writing was always a goal or hope for Katherine
  • Why you should let yourself NOT be good at things
  • Do you think that when we did not start too early on something, we will miss our chances?
  • How you can start a new career late in life./li>
  • How Katherine decided to pursue writing.
  • The ups and down, Katherine shared her road to becoming a writer.
  • How and why Katherine loves writing.
  • How Katherine grieved the loss of her collaborators.
  • What is Katherine wants from her writings?
  • How she came up with the concepts for her newest work, the historical novel”The Brigadista Year”.
  • Whether Katherine thinks about her work as a calling.
  • When did Katherine doubt her calling and what she did about it.
  • The greatest things that ever happened to her as a writer
  • What motivates Katherine in her work.
  • Katherine shares wisdom about what to do if you are stuck in a job you don’t like.
  • How by living for something in the future, you might miss the present.
  • How to choose the best creative process in writing.
  • What Katherine believes to be the best part about being a writer.

Where to find Katherine Paterson online:

  • www.katherinepaterson.com
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