Katherine C.

I’m a stay-at-home mom of two girls under two, I have a Masters in Interior Design and was a formerly in Marketing/Design for an architecture firm. My goal is to survive the next few pre-school years and start my own freelance business designing book covers. But for now it’s diapers, tantrums, early bedtimes, spit-up, and on a good day an adventurous visit to the park. AND I’m blessed with the best family, friends, and husband/co-parent a girl could ask for. He even loves books (almost) as much as I do. Feel free to follow along at @katiecragwall, otherwise I’ll see you around at @thebooklyclub! Thanks for reading 😊

Where do you live and where do you call home?
Chicago. I’ve moved around a lot, a lot… but Chicago is the first place I’ve lived for more than 5 years so it wins the title of “home.”

How do you make money?
My employers don’t pay me, since they can barely feed themselves. I left my job in marketing and graphic design to stay at home with my two daughters (only 14 months apart)… I now get paid in hugs. But someday soon I hope to start my own freelance work and do more with design on the side.

What book(s) are you ashamed to have read AND loved?
The Twilight series. Or, excuse me, saga? Guilty as charged.

Do you have an e-reader? Why or why not?
No! Never! That’s fine if you have one. I hear they’re great for travel. But I’ve sworn I will never own an e-reader. I just can’t part with the real thing.. the pages, the smell, the design, I could go on…

What activities did you do in high school?
None. Not my thing.

Your life’s motto
Be kind.

Who knows you best?
My husband and daughters, and the other “Katherines” of course. You don’t get through 4 years of college and 10 years of friendship without sharing a thing or two.

The greatest television show of all time
Buffy the Vampire Slayer! That’s right, you heard me.

Name something on your bucket list
I would love to go to New Zealand.

Favorite book series
The Flavia De Luce Chronicles. If you haven’t read them, read them now! You’ll be charmed by the main character… an 11-year-old chemist with an active imagination and talent for finding trouble.

You can also find me at…
and as @katiecragwall on Twitter and Instagram.