Katrina Shawver

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Katrina is an experienced writer, speaker, and lifelong history geek. She holds a BA from the University of Arizona in English/Political Science and has excelled at the School of Trial and Error. In 2002, while writing for the Arizona Republic newspaper, she met Henry Zguda, a Polish Catholic survivor of German concentration camps, and soon offered to write his incredible story. She spent many years researching Poland, World War II, and the Holocaust.

The Polish American Congress - Arizona division awarded Katrina their 2018 Polish Heritage Award for “her contribution to the documentation of the suffering inflicted on Polish people during the Holocaust.” It stands as her most treasured award among many others received. Katrina is a Road
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Katrina Shawver I have learned to keep a file I call ‘ideas’, so that when I cannot think of anything to write, I will pull that file and it might trigger a new…moreI have learned to keep a file I call ‘ideas’, so that when I cannot think of anything to write, I will pull that file and it might trigger a new thought or tangent. The thoughts might be scribbled notes while I had a brainstorm in the grocery story, or reading another book. I always carry paper with me, although now I can also use the Notes function on my smart phone.

Another exercise that helps me is to write some place completely different for the day. I might take my laptop or tablet to the library, sit outside on a nice day, or frequent a coffee shop. Then I will practice describing a scene, setting or person I observe in as few words as possible, which may spur other ideas or future characters. Even if I am not working on my current project, I am still honing my writing and concise descriptions. Real life and people fascinate me. Sometimes I end up using those ideas in a later project.
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Katrina Shawver I believe in the power of the written world, and I learned this when I wrote newspaper columns for years. They were often editorials, so I had the…moreI believe in the power of the written world, and I learned this when I wrote newspaper columns for years. They were often editorials, so I had the opportunity to highlight unknown people in the community, or promote issues I believed in. It was both validating and thought-provoking when readers reached out to me. Even if they disagreed, I knew my writing had provoked thought.

Recently, I was able to quit my day job, after years of working around a full-time job and the demands of a family. Now I love the flexibility of choosing my own hours, and knowing I can work anywhere I have an Internet connection. If I stay up until one a.m. writing, now I don’t have to get up for my daily 6 a.m. commute. I’ll put in my hours, but on my schedule. Writing can be a lonely endeavor. I turned down a lot of social invitations to finish my book while I was working. Now I can connect with other writers more often, and see my husband more. Beyond that, there is nothing sweeter than seeing your name in print, or holding that new book for the first time, knowing I finished the project, my message is going out into the world, and will outlast me.
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The Czech edition of HENRY: A Polish Swimmer’s True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America is here! I found out just after I received a copy of the Polish edition. I waited to announce it until I got my … Continue reading


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