Katie Parsons has been writing creatively since she could pick up a crayon, entertaining her grandmother with stories about the world around her. That interest eventually led to Ball State University, where Katie earned an English degree in Creative Writing.
While she's kept busy writing in the "real world" for 15 years, and raising a family, she's been chipping away at some of her passion projects, listed below. Samples and full manuscripts in progress are available upon request by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Katie Parsons is a potentially "third-generation Alzheimer's patient," watching her maternal grandmother and her own mother in the throes of the disease which is the 6th leading cause of death in America. Next-Generation Alzheimer's: Can We Reverse Our Inevitable? combines personal narrative, expert interviews and research, and interviews with dozens of children and grandchildren of Alzheimer's patients to explore the question: What can we do to prevent it from happening to us?
Have you ever felt like everyone, but you, was writing your life story? Katie Parsons writes about how an unexpected pregnancy led her to finding her own voice and making the decision to narrate her own life, regardless of others' expectations, limits or stereotypes. Knocked Up but Not Out: Writing Your Own Life Story explores single parenting, combined families, blazing a new career path, second chances and choosing to find the good in people, drawn from the firsthand experiences of the author.
Raising children is a grueling business -- particularly when several of them are under the age of 5 at the same time. Katie Parsons, mom to 3 and stepmom to 2 more, writes about the early childhood years with her 5 children -- from the hilarious hijinks that only kids can facililtate to the darkest days, offering practical advice for parents now in those shoes. The Together Years: What I Learned Parenting Little Kids shows that though styles may vary, all parenting comes from a place of solidarity.
Feature film screenplay
When Sarah Komanski is diagnosed with an advanced stage of early onset Alzheimer's disease at age 60, her husband of 40+ years Steve takes her on the trip of their lifetimes, revisiting locations throughout America where they used to hitchhike, live and sleep under the stars. Remember the Yellow Flowers takes audiences on a familiar journey that presents its own opportunities for new memory making along the way.
Adapted feature film screenplay
Kate White is a mom of two, living in a world of privilege afforded by her husband's high-paying job in the financial industry. She spends her summers with the children in a lakefront community, just outside Chicago, where the social rules dictate her every move. After meeting a college-age lifeguard, Kate begins to question everything about her life, including who she is at her core. The Awakening is adapted from the 1905 book by Kate Chopin of the same name.
Drama for the stage in two acts
Joe Stoligrosz has been drafted to the U.S. Army to serve during World War II, and leaves behind his sweetheart, Shirley June Rose. He writes her a letter each day, filling her in on what is happening with the war and declaring his undying love for her. Dear Shirley June documents the lifelong love story of Joe and Shirley, including raising a family and overcoming setbacks, prompted by the words of the original love letters that Shirley keeps in a lockbox until her death.
Young adult fiction novel
Kat Kafarski is a 13 year old who lives with her mom in Chicago's downtown loop area. One Saturday morning when Kat is at work with her mom at the archives of the city's largest newspaper, Kat stumbles upon old evidence from Chicago's most notorious crime boss from the 1940s, Southie DiSalvo. While uncovering clues at locations around the city, Kat stumbles upon fresh evidence that ties Southie to that summer's biggest mystery. Kat Kafarski Solves the Mystery of Southie DiSalvo is the first in a three-book series with the teen sleuth.
Audio suspense series
As Penny Pratt is evacuating with her husband and three kids before a hurricane hits her small coastal town, she has just one thought on her mind: some time alone driving her family's second vehicle while her husband is in the minivan with the kids. When Penny's vehicle goes over the cliff of a barrier island bridge, it sends the small town into a tizzy -- what really happened to Penny? Over the Edge looks at what happens as potential answers emerge, and as Penny's past comes back to revisit her family, uncovering secrets and scandals.
With a decade of experience in the freelance writing, editing and content creation field, Katie Parsons shares actionable tips for getting started as a contract writer -- including what red flags to avoid, how to be marketable in a saturated field and where exactly to start looking for work (and how much to charge for it). How to Earn a Living as a Freelance Writer combines personal narrative with where to find, and keep, freelance writing work -- with outlines on the different types of freelance writing work available and how to land the best paying, most visible and most satisfying gigs.