my story

Exquisite Insanity: Moms Who Write

by Katrina on August 4, 2015

I spoke on a panel a few weeks ago at the Bay Area Book Festival. The panel was moderated by local literary icon, Michelle Tea. (If you need an escape, her latest book, “How to Grow Up” will make you laugh out loud.) The authors on the panel represented a range of genres (from children’s books to literary fiction to non-fiction) but we […]


My Boss

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by Katrina on July 31, 2014

Like most people of my Generation (GenX), I’ve had a lot of different jobs. In high school I worked as a babysitter, a housecleaner, and a box office ticket taker for a local theater. In college I waitressed at Denny’s to earn tuition money. When I spent a year abroad, I earned my keep as an […]


The talk I gave at TEDx Monterey in April is now available online! “Maxed Out: Changing the Conversation About Women and Work.” If you like it, please share it.


What I’ve Been Up to Lately

by Katrina on October 30, 2013

Years ago I caught part of an interview Josh Kornbluth did with Barbara Boxer on a local PBS show. Kornbluth (a Bay Area writer) was asking the congresswoman how she finds the will to keep going when people are always looking for opportunities to put down women like her, women in power. Boxer said something […]


Here Come the Trolls!

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by Katrina on September 30, 2013

While I was writing my book, Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink, I had three nagging fears. It wouldn’t get published. It would get published but no one would read it. People would read it…and say really mean things about me. I’ve crossed #1 off the list. The book was published at the beginning […]


Let’s Make a “Book Bomb”!

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by Katrina on August 20, 2013

I’m pleased to announce that my first book, Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink, is now available for purchase! Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound | Books-a-Million | Powells The audiobook is now available as well on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes. Please buy Maxed Out today. Then tell all your friends about it. […]

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It’s done. The book is done. I don’t mean kind-of-done-except-for-the-copyedit, I mean DONE-done. I wrote it and then rewrote it. I edited it more times than I can count, and other people did, too. It’s been developmentally edited, line-edited, copyedited, and proofed. It’s been designed and the front cover is done and the back cover […]


Sunday Night Blues

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by Katrina on April 21, 2013

I have a lot going on right now. Interesting but intense freelance work. Finishing a book and trying to figure out how to promote it. More than the usual amount of business travel. Coordinating major house repairs. Trying to ensure my children are clothed, loved, fed and not too overdue for their dentist appointments… And […]


My big news

by Katrina on February 11, 2013

I’ve been keeping something from you: I’m writing a book. I’ve been working on it, on and off, for more than three years. Frankly, it’s been lonely. I’ve wanted to talk about it on the blog—in fact, it seemed dishonest not to talk about it, since it’s related to all the things I write about […]


The things you can’t control

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by Katrina on September 10, 2012

I’ve hit one of those weird rough patches. In the last two months… The radiator hose on our car exploded in a steaming mess while driving our daughter to a camping trip. The day Car #1 got back from the shop, Car #2 blew a tire. A week later, on my way to an important […]