Katie Kacvinsky

Kacvinsky is pronounced: Kaz-vin-ski

Hometown: Wausau, WI

Current Dwelling Place: Madison, WI

Other Places I’ve Lived: Corvallis, OR, Madison, WI; Los Angeles, CA; Milwaukee, WI; Phoenix, AZ; Redding, CA

5 Favorite MOVIES: Swingers, Terminator, The Matrix, Airplane, The Jerk

5 Favorite BOOKS: The World According to Garp, Fahrenheit 451, Slaughterhouse Five, The Alchemist, Cannery Row

5 Favorite MUSICIANS: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Counting Crows, U2, Bob Dylan, The Killers

Best Concert I’ve Ever Seen: U2. I saw them front row at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee. Bono and Edge performed, “In a Little While,” inches from my hands. I could touch their voices. Life doesn’t get much better than that.

Favorite Place to Write: In a sitting position, preferably

Favorite Sports: Basketball, volleyball, softball, hiking, soccer, running, jumping (Is jumping a sport? It should be.)

Favorite Addiction: Traveling

Favorite Pastimes: Reading, walking my dog, drinking coffee/wine with friends, people watching and of course, everyday, WRITING

Favorite Kinds of People: Funny, eccentric, odd, smart, opinionated, empathetic, soul searching, wandering, highly spirited, extremely imperfect

Least favorite Kinds of People: The ones that never imagine, that never take risks, never mess up, or that take themselves too seriously. Also, people who are impeccably clean make me very uncomfortable. I’m a chronic slob.

What I Lack: Logic

What I Excel At: Being overly emotional

Most Often Consumed Food: Things topped with cheese, containing cheese, or things dipped in melted cheese

My Greatest Fear: I might one day grow up and act my age

My Greatest Failure: Dropped out of college when I was 19 to enroll in the night life of Los Angeles

Most Random Job: Feeding baby calves on a dairy farm in Wisconsin

Best Job: Other than writing, working at The Comedy Store (a stand-up comedy club on Sunset Boulevard where I was paid to laugh)

College Degree: Science Journalism with a minor in Business from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I also received my teaching certificate and taught high school English.

My Utopia: Bayfield, WI

My Dystopia: Huge department stores—I’m easily over stimulated

My Greatest Dream: Realized!! Writing for an audience.

What Do I Hate: My cell phone. I constantly lose it and I rarely call people back.

What(Who) Do I Love: My husband. He is tall (essential) and brilliant (very essential) and funny (extremely essential). He is a fish scientist and I love hearing about his research even though the terminology goes over my head. I love my son, Kaleb, because he’s hilarious and my daughter, Sydney, because it’s hard to ever complain when I see her smile. I also love bacon. And dark beers.

The First Book I Ever Wrote: Was in third grade. It was titled: “The Book of Swear Words,” where I wrote down every curse word I could think of, along with a carefully crafted definition. I showed it to my teacher, beaming with pride. He sent me to the principal’s office and called my parents into school. I was banned from the playground for two weeks and my book was destroyed. It obviously didn’t kill my writing ambitions.


25 Responses to Bio

  1. Ashley says:

    Okay, I know you probably get a lot of fanmail… But I just want to tell you how much I’m inline with your books. I finishes Awaken in a week or so and was furious when my library didn’t have Middle Ground. So, I got it from a different library yesterday. I just finished it. It took me less than 24 hours and I’m at that stage after an amazing book or movie when you don’t want to go back and face real life, when you just want to keep reading on and on forever. I just want o thank you for putting our work out there for everyone to see. I enjoyed it and I’m practically shoving them on everyone I know like, “here, read this. NOW.” Please, for my sake as well as all of your fans… Get out the third book soon! I can’t stress how much I want to read it right now. I’ve been imagining all of these outcomes and scenarios… You left us with a cliff hanger! Anyways, I love your work. I’m an 8th grader and I thought that the morals and stuff confronted in the books were really things to think about. You made me want o give up electronics, while in being perfectly honest. I nearly threw away my smartphone. Thank you again!
    Your-biggest- fan,
    Ashley Visker.

  2. Romina. says:

    I am of the same opinion as Ashley! I did want to write a letter to you, but, well, I do it just like that.
    Oh god, I can’t believe that you actually read this. I’m your biiiiiggest fan EVER! Believe me. I’ve read ‚Awaken‘ &‘ Middle Ground‘ and can’t wait for the third book. My name’s Romina, I’m 12 years old, and life in Switzerland. (I’ve read the German Awaken & the English Middle Ground). I’m a little sad that the thriology only three books are. I think, you have definitely more ideas. I want more form Maddie & Justin & the other. I love them. After I read ‚Awaken‘ & ‚Middle Ground‘, I started to think. I’m in a community for girls on the internet, and in my holidays, I’m everyday online. Justin won’t be proud of me, hehe. So, I started to think. But, I don’t have friends on the real life. I mean… really REALLY good friends. So, what should I do in my leisure time? I’m also very shy. And… Nobody likes me, here in my village. I’ve read your books 3 times again. I love this books sooo much, and my goal in life, or my target easy so, is, all of your books to read. I cried at the end of the first book. I hope, you will write more books. And… Oh boy, I’m SO anti-technology. It’s not the fault from the book, it’s GOOD. I believe, that in a few years, the world will be like in your book. No communication. Only Internet. It’s so sad. I really think, the future is the same as in your book. And, oh god, the book HAVE TO be filmed. I want that everyone read this book. And fall in love with this book. And want to change something. I mean, Tablets have been around, large table and 8 kilos. And soon gives it wall large trays. AND MindReaders. I want to make games, for the PC or something. I hope that nobody will be addicted to that… Oh, and, I will make a game with the story from the book. It will be my first game. I hope everything is right, because I’v used Google Translator. 😀
    I love your books!
    – Romina.

  3. Natalie says:

    Hello Ms Kacvinsky! I’m from Germany an my English is not so good, but I wanted to say that I love both of your books, “Awaken” and “Middle Ground” of all! I devoured both books in one day and I’m looking forward so much to the third part! I love your writing Style and your characters! The books are written with a lot of wit and intelligence, they are incredibly exciting and have just the right amount of seriousness. Maddie, Justin and Clare are so cool, but I regret that Pat has such a rubbish maked.
    Greetings – A big fan of your penmanship! ;D

  4. Maridith David says:

    Hi Ms. Kacvinsky, i dont really like to read, but i had to read a book for school and i found yours. I fell in love with it, i felt like i was watching a movie. I cried when i finished (in 4 days), then i found out there was a second. I nearly past out. When i finished the second book Middle Ground, i threw my phone across the room and started to tear up. The way it ended made me think there was going to be a third, but there isnt. My life came to an end. I had nothing else to do after school. I really suggest you should write another book in the Awaken series. I know you have probably heard this, and i think you wrote Middle Ground a while back, but i think you should write another one. You changed my life, nothing is good to me any more. No book is good to me any more. You can change millions of kids live by writing another one. It will be the best thing you will have ever done.

  5. Kira says:

    Hey Ms Kacvinsky, I’m from germany and I love your books. In my school class, we have to present our favorite book and mine is the german version of Awaken (Die Rebillion der Maddie Freeman). So we have to present the author, too. So, I know it’s very personally, but can you say me your birthday? 😀
    Your biggest fan Kira from Germany

    P.S.: sorry for my bad english 😀

  6. Petra Arneth says:

    I just saw that most of the people who wrote something in here are from Germany. Well, I’m really surprised. I’m sure you’ve recognized that my English isn’t as good as the English of a native (so I’m from Germany, too), but I think you’ll understand me. I read Awaken & Middleground (in German the titles are really…”creative”: The rebellion of Maddie Freeman & Maddie – The rebellion goes on). I only started reading Awaken because the book is pink. 🙂 But after some hours I saw how interesting the book is. And after reading both books I had this feeling, too, like everybody knows it. I just didn’t want to stop reading, but unfortunately, I had to, because there wasn’t a third book I could read. Now I’ve read it almost twenty times. It is a big honour, usually I only read a book ten times (it is a question of money, I think). Now I’m nearly going crazy, because almost my whole message is underlined in red, because my adjustment is set to German. But I anyway don’t expect somebody to read this reply ever.
    Greatings from Germany

  7. Gurleen says:

    Dude! Awaken is so cool! I loved it =D I guess maybe I shouldn’t be calling you ‘dude’ but I just got so excited when I realized I can post a comment. I didn’t know it was a series until I finished the book and came across your site. I’m going to go to the library tomorrow and hopefully get the second one *crosses fingers*. I think your book makes a very good point. Technology is very useful, but we’re getting a tad bit attached. The way you were able to create a character like Justin is amazing, he explains things perfectly and very well. I had alot of fun reading this book, and Maddie’s dry humour makes me laugh ahah. Awesome job =D

    -Greetings from Canada
    Eh? ;D

  8. Joe D. says:

    Uiiiiip 🙂 COUNTING CROWS!!!!!!!!
    Yes, I know, I’am probably a little bit young to like their music, but my parents like them, so…
    Love your books, you know ❤

  9. Leah says:

    OK well first I would like to say the killers are an amazing band. Also your story of your first book is really funny. The first book I wrote was about a dog who couldn’t bark. I just started writing short stories and recently I put my first short story on wattpad called Sweet Dreams? I turned it in for a project (cross your fingers). Also I liked Awaken so much I chose to do my final project on it, though I don’t consider an honors english final project to be a book report. Thank you for your inspiration!

  10. IT says:

    Do you have on-line books? I’m living in India and it’s quite a task to get the kind of books I like over here.

  11. Emily says:

    I can’t belive it’s taken me this long to figure out how to tell you how much I love and admire you and your work. I have been awed and inspired by you ever since 2012 when I was lucky enough to find a hardback copy of First Comes Love when it came out. I read the book and was insatntly in love ❤ Now, I have read First Comes Love 9 times and each time I find new reasons as to why I am completely in love and inspires by it ❤ After reading First Comes Love the first time, I also read your Awaken series and thought that it was absolutely fabulous and I fell in love with them as well ❤ But nothing compared to First Comes Love. It was like, whenever I finished reading it, all I wanted to do was jump back into the words that had made me laugh and cryand made my heart soar. And recently, I found out that it was a series and that Second Chance was out (little late, right??), and as soon as I found out, I had a huge freak out moment and I went to Barnes and Nobles right away. When I got there, I was told that you have a pretty reserved publishing company that only made a select few paperback copies, and I'm not a big fan of e-books because I feel like there's nothing like holding a book in your hands, being able to turn pages, cry on it, mark the parts you like, etc. So, after crying a little when hearing the news, I managed to track down a copy on amazon and it should be ariving today (wednesday) or tomorrow (thursday) and, I just wanted to say thank you for writing this series because it seriously has impacted me in so many ways and I can't wait to read Second Chance ❤

  12. Katie says:

    Yeah i just want to say i live in marshfield and since you’re from Wausau, you should know where that is 🙂 i love your books!!!! Inspired me to try new writing techniques. Did you go to west or east?
    Also maybe we could meet next time you come back to your home town. What’s funny is that i wanted to go to OSU. Guess great minds think alike. You seem awesome to hang out with!!

  13. Nada Zimmermann says:

    Hello dear Katie!
    I think you know how good you are in writing, because otherwise you wouldn´t be so successful in that what you´re doing. I just want to confirm it another time and say thank you. I am from Austria and i have read first comes love in 10 hours. It was just amazing and gorgeous. As i was reading through the book i was totally impressed form the character Dylan. As you said you are a big fan of Bob Dylan and so am i. He makes such wonderful lyrics which touches your heart when you are open to listen to the text.
    Like the singer itself is your invented character Dylan alive and so open minded. I dare to say that i am a kind of person like her. This is the reason why i could identify with her so well like never in a book before. You let her say things of such great wisdom, i can only bow in front of you. I read in your BIO that you are also a traveler like Dylan. I think everybody should make this experience. Your words encouraged me to live my dream more stronger and you also strengthened my traits referring to my habits and opinions on the world.
    You built up a high emotional level in this book, i really began to feel the love, the sadness and the fun in it. The creativity in this book is ten times bigger than every other author has.
    For me it isn´t just a love-story, it´s a book full of advises and right things to do. I am so glad that i had the possibility to read these valuable sides. As you can see there are many people all over the world who appreciate your work so much. Please never stop to bring it to paper.
    May you never read this but i hope others will see how great you can cope with words and feelings. Thank you.

  14. Hannah Gates says:

    Hello! I haven’t been on your website since the 7th grade. I’m begging 9th grade on the 3rd of Aug. I’m going to be starting high school off with Finally forever!!!!! I wish still point would come out before September 😦
    but ill wait…
    I enjoyed reading Awaken , Middle ground, first comes love, and second chance. they were amazing books. after reading your first book ever awaken, at a time where i was battling depression… i would use that book to escape from everyone in my not so perfect world. I even wrote a fan fiction to Awaken. I just got done listening to a podcast you did…!
    You are my favorite author. your books were there for me when no one else was. I saved money up to buy each book you’ve ever written. You’ve inspired me even more now to become an awesome writer. I’ve written at least 5 books in the past four years.
    I’d like to email this to you, just in case you don’t respond.
    just to thank you for how much your writing and you have done for me. I’m 14, and ill be 15 on February 29th. I’ve been depressed for a long time, and its not going to change, but your books have helped in some ways. Thank you so much for being who you are, you truly are a wonderful person…
    thanks again
    -Hannah Gates

    • Hannah Gates says:

      sorry, im not sure if i notified myself if you actually end up replying.

      • Hannah Gates says:

        i hope to one day meet you XD
        because you’re truly an inspiration

        much love!!! ❤ ❤
        if i actually end up becoming a good author , don't forget my name…

        its going to be Zurrie Lonea on my books…
        because ive had that written on all my books .

  15. Sena says:

    Dear Katie,

    I could not write a letter for you (because I live in Germany and you in the US) so I think it is the only way to contact you.

    I love your books “Awaken” and “Middle Ground”! I read them three times and they are still perfect.
    I was disappointed when my library didn’t have your other books. I wanted to read your books. Today I was in the library again and…I just found “Awaken” and “Middle Ground”.
    “They are really stupid! Why don’t have them these books!?”, was my first thought.
    But I’ve got a new aspiration:
    Find your books and read them!

    But that was enough about my library story.
    I wanted to praise you for your style of writing.
    I love it. You write so:
    The reader felt like he is the character and he wants to cry, to laugh and to scream, you want to say: “no don’t do this [name]! Please don’t do this! Forget it! Go back! Run back! Please, don’t say it!”.
    You write like you’ve known it to happen. I don’t now what I have to say. For the first time I don’t know it. Crazy.

    Please never stop writing!


  16. Linsey Jeffers says:

    Katie, you are most definitely my favorite author! I love your books, but I do wish there were more. I am looking forward to seeing Still Point in paper back. And I am definitely looking forward to your future books!! Thank-you for writing and being so real.

  17. So, this is going to be really strange, but I think we might be related just by your last name and location. Are you a descendant of some Kacvinsky’s from Moquah, WI?

  18. J.D. says:

    I feel like I’m so late in discovering you, seeing that many people have been from the year or so prior, but ever since I came across a quote from one of your books I knew I had to read it. One book led to another, and soon I’ve read half your books and have been wanting more! I’ve already ordered “Second Chance” and “Finally, Forever” and I’m so excited to read them. You’re truly an inspiration and everything in your books are so relatable and eye opening. I can’t wait for “Still Point” to be on paper back (which I’m hoping and will be waiting patiently for) and I wish you the best in your future projects!

  19. Rey says:

    Dear Katie,

    I just have to tell you that I LOVED your book ‘Awaken’! I didn’t know there was another book until I got on your website, and I’m so glad I came on it to look at it! I can’t wait to read Middle Ground and hopefully another book in this series! I’ve read your book twice now, this time in less than 6 hours. I was glad I came across your book a second time because I’m currently writing a book called ‘2152; The Century of Robots’ for my camp Nano Wrimo project. Your book, Awaken, inspired me for my book because they are a tiny bit similar in the technology department (the main character forms a protest group against robots). I just wanted to say that you are an amazing writer and I love how you wrote Awaken and I’m anxious to get my hands on Middle Ground. I love how you made Justin, but I was just a little frustrated when he keeps his distance, but I understand. I relate to you on so many levels and I’m so glad I came across this website and your book and it is all so amazing! Thanks for inspiring me and I loved your writing advice! Keep writing more books!


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  21. Ann Malene says:

    hello Ms. Katie, I love your writing and i love your taste in music. I first seen one of your books at my public library, it was your book “Awaken” i picked it up and looked at the cover and loved the way it was displayed and thought that i should give it a chance and I’m glad I did. I’ve read all of your books and your books make me want to keep reading until its 5 a.m. in the morning( i actually did that and i had school the next day). I tell all of my friends to read your books because they make you looks at certain things from a different perspective. You are one of my favorite Authors and I really get the way your characters think, which helps me understand and feel the same emotions they do. I listen to certain music depending on the event that’s happening in the book, like in ” First Comes Love” when Grey was looking at the present that Dylan gave him, the poem that they wrote about the cactus, I was listening to U2’s song ” every breaking wave”.

  22. Courtney says:

    Please please!!!!!! Make another book in the awaken series!!! And have Justin and maddie love each other!!!!

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