Katie Maximick is a published Canadian writer working on her debut novel THE RED THREAD THAT BINDS US, a women’s fiction book that follows the pre-determined life of journalist Anna Hutchinson.
THE RED THREAD THAT BINDS US takes readers on a journey around the Adriatic coast and within themselves, while emboldening the female spirit and questioning the possibility, and power, of fate. To read more about this novel, click here.
The Storyteller’s Story
Like most writers, I penned my first “serious” stories when I was in elementary school, writing fantastical tales about unicorn families and other creatures inspired by Narnia that my mom still keeps in her drawer.
Even now I remain in contact with some of those teachers, who recall me as having a “great imagination and advanced writing skills for my age.”
Although I didn’t know then that I would become a writer, I did know that I loved telling stories – and I spent the next 25 years doing just that, either creatively, academically, or journalistically.
I grew up in the small town of Comox, British Columbia on the east coast of Vancouver Island (and eventually returned to live there at age 32 with my husband). It was, and still is, known as a retirement destination, as well as the hometown of Baywatch star Pamela Anderson. When I was a child, it was the kind of small, seaside town where people dream about living: safe, quiet, quaint. As kids, we’d play on the streets with the neighbourhood children until dark every day with no worries in the world, and rarely a car to interrupt our games. Looking back, those lazy summer days playing tag in the dusk make for some of the best memories I have.
As I entered my teens, I kept writing stories, sometimes even novels meant only for my friends and I to read at sleepovers. I wrote and wrote, but it wasn’t until well into my high school years when I officially became a published writer with two short stories.
My university years consisted of making friends, drinking beer and student loans — oh, and, of course, two degrees, a BA and MA in History. I was published once again, but academically this time, first for a paper then for my thesis, and I attended conferences across Western Canada on my focus of Imperial Russian History.
In 2010 I was approached by a small publishing company on Vancouver Island to write a children’s book called Hockey Challenge.
And that, I suppose, is when I officially became an ‘author’.
When my future as a history professor came to sudden and disappointing stop, naturally I returned to what I know: writing. I received my Certificate in Journalism in Vancouver, and pursued that trade, as well as in communications, for the next seven years. I wrote for multiple newspapers in British Columbia, even getting bylines in the Globe and Mail, Hockey Canada and a magazine or two.
It was fun, honestly, but it wasn’t what I truly wanted to do – write novels.
So here I am, and here you are, reading about me.
Join me on my adventure as I leap, arms wide open, into a pool of childhood dreams; one filled with stories waiting to be told and characters itching to be introduced.
More about me (and more photos below):
I live by the ocean in Comox, B.C. with my husband David, our puppy Old Tom (yes, Old Tom) and our cat Dale. When I’m not writing, revising or researching, I love walking along the beach looking for seashells, gardening, reading, and – when I can afford it – travelling. Scotland is where my heart lives; it’s just hanging out in Comox for now.
- Dorothy Dunnett
- Conn Iggulden
- Lucy Maude Montgomery
- Margaret George
- Jane Austen
- Leo Tolstoy
- Anton Chekhov
- Brent Weeks
- Jack Whyte
- Diana Gabaldon
- Bernard Cornwell
- Robert K. Massie
- Jack Weatherford