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Katie Venit (pronounced like Bennett but with a V: VENN-it, ) has been writing since the fifth grade when she and her friends passed around a composition notebook in which they took turns making up stories about their classmates visiting Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. But she didn’t know she wanted to be a writer who publishes until her son asked her to write a book about the solar system.
Katie has held quite a few jobs, from working at a barbeque catering company in Maryland to waiting tables at a beach in Delaware to teaching English in Japan. Now she lives in Wisconsin and works as an instructional designer, which is someone who helps instructors put their courses online. She has had to learn HTML code, which is not something she ever thought she would have to use!
Katie writes all kinds of things. Her debut nonfiction picture book, FORTS, will be published in 2024. She also writes fiction picture books and middle grade graphic novels, and is learning how to write a middle grade novel. She also writes the occasional essay for adults, but mostly she thinks kid audiences are the best.
Katie has a husband, a son and a daughter, and the snuggliest dog. They all live in Wisconsin.
Katie is a member of SCBWI and sits on the advisory board of the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild and is represented by Joyce Sweeney at the Seymour Agency.