As an educator and an author, Kat Colmer has experienced first hand how stories influence our lives—both our own and those of others.

Why did you become a writer?

My career choices—English teacher and teacher-librarian—are testament to my love of literature and all things reading, but there is one pivotal event that started my writing career. My now son was born with a severe cardiac defect and we almost lost him shortly after he was born.

It took a good decade for me to weave the heartache, fear and emotion of those events into words, which my friend urged me to enter in a writing competition. The story won first place and started me thinking that, maybe, I could string words together in a way that moved and resonated with people.