Kathryn Brown’s childhood was spent being enamored by the outdoors and the animals that called it home. It’s no wonder, then, that the content of those books tended to have non-human main characters.
“I was always shy growing up,” Brown said. “As a kid, learning about and being around animals just made sense. The first “real” book I remember loving was Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. My third grade teacher read it to us, and I was hooked.”
Finding books with animal protagonists that she enjoyed was no walk in the park, however. After racing through books like Richard Adam’s Watership Down and Kenneth Oppel’s Silverwing series, she recalls the hilarious moment the local librarian threw her hands up when asked for more recommendations.
“I’d finish a series I really enjoyed, and then it would be a while before I found another one I really liked,” Brown said. “I knew that I wanted to create books that could tell a great story, while also including elements I found fun to write and research. A lot of my work focuses on these very unique creatures, and I have a blast figuring out how to keep them believable while retaining a fantastical element. I hope younger readers who are like my past self find something special in these works, and that my older readers have just as good of a time consuming my work as I do creating it.”