Katie Pierson

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I freelance for local non-profits, using my background in public policy and grassroots organizing to overthrow the patriarchy one introverted step at a time. When I'm not writing fiction, I return library books, make soup, and try to be cooler than I really am by hip-hopping at the YMCA.

I have a Bachelor’s Degree in American History from the University of Pennsylvania (where I dabbled briefly in being a College Republican) and a Master’s in American History from the University of Minnesota. I grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, and now live with my partner and two daughters in a suburb of Minneapolis. I'm a member of SCBWI, MNSCBWI and the Authors Guild.

’89 Walls is my first novel. You can reach me through my website, www.katiepierson.net, on Fa
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Katie Pierson I force myself to do one writing prompt a day. My favorites are from "642 Things to Write About" by the San Francisco Writers' Grotto and "A Writer's…moreI force myself to do one writing prompt a day. My favorites are from "642 Things to Write About" by the San Francisco Writers' Grotto and "A Writer's Book of Days" by Judy Reeves. Then I fill my gas tank by reading award-winning fiction, going to museums, and taking classes at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis.(less)
Katie Pierson The schedule. I write for two hours. I put my youngest on the school bus. I work out at the YMCA every day at 9:00. I write for another two hours. I…moreThe schedule. I write for two hours. I put my youngest on the school bus. I work out at the YMCA every day at 9:00. I write for another two hours. I read a section of the Sunday New York Times while eating lunch. Then I write for another two hours before ramping up for after-school craziness and the dinner hour. I work in my yoga pants and t-shirts, usually with my hair sticking up. My dog stares at my back all day from her perch on my office couch. I feel extremely lucky to be able to do something I love. And I am very aware that being married to a great guy with a job and health insurance makes the difference between thriving as a writer and merely surviving.(less)
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Loved it, love her. My only complaint was that the violence described was of, er, biblical proportions. Uniting the tribes of Israel was a grisly business.
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An adorable, funny and relatable story about how a whole family responds in a bullying incident's aftermath. My 12-year-old said it's the best book she's read all year.
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Reading this book felt like taking a challenging trip abroad: I love how Adichie holds up a mirror to American readers and makes us see our quirks (ie having to have a diagnosis and a pill for everything) and provincialism (Exhibit A: I put down the ...more
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Brilliant writing about WWI trench warfare. That stuff will stick with me permanently (in a good way, as in, I think I appreciate now as well as I ever will how great the soldiers' sacrifices were.) The love story, however, fell flat because the woma ...more
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It's breathless, cliched, and weighed down by pacing issues, but GSAW also treats the reader to rich dialogue and the author's wide-ranging intellect. It reads like what it is: an early draft of a first novel by someone who will grow up to be a liter ...more
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These are my people (Nebraskans, farmers, immigrants) and I loved spending time in their company. I experienced for myself the WWI domestic anti-German sentiment, the shadow of the WWI draft, the flu pandemic, and the humble, gritty courage of a youn ...more
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I knew zero about the WWII experience on the Brittany coast before reading this book. Wonderful writing. Short chapters with alternating points of view made the pacing a work of art in an off itself.
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I kept at it because Daum is way smart and an excellent writer. I lost patience, though, with her tendency to make broad cultural generalizations based on her somewhat narrow criteria for what constitutes cool and interesting.
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“We all build walls to feel safe. But they often turn into traps that limit our experience.”
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“It’s funny how the wrong person can make you feel worried and insecure. But being with the right person can make you feel like you love yourself as much as you love them. You feel happy and confident, generous and smart.”
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“But having emotions doesn’t keep you from developing fully formed opinions. And people get emotional about things that are personal.” He tried to interrupt her, but she cut him off.”
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