Beyond the Page: Katelyn Detweiler
This week we are excited to feature Katelyn Detweiler, author of The Undoing of Thistle Tate (Holiday House, July 2019). Get to know her through fun questions below.
If you could only eat one food for a week, what would you pick?
Peanut butter, chunky, just salt, no sugar. I eat it constantly, all day, every day, spoon, finger, whatever vehicle, as long as there’s PB, I’m happy. It’s shocking how quickly I make it to the bottom of a jar. Shocking.
What did you want to be growing up?
My mom claims one of my earliest dreams was to work the check out at the grocery store. I can remember wanting to be a teacher, an actress, an author—probably a princess, too. I’m glad one of those goals panned out! 😉
If you could live in any other country, which one would you choose and why?
Portugal, most definitely. My husband and I went there for our honeymoon last summer and trekked all across the country, north to south and then west to the Azores. Friendly people, delicious food (and wine, very delicious wine), and magical views—I would live there in a heartbeat.
Tell us one fun insider-fact about The Undoing of Thistle Tate, your most recent work.
One of the love interests is a red haired, music obsessed boy who wears black t-shirts exclusively. He is very much modeled off of my lovely husband Danny. (Seriously, his black t-shirt collection is no joke.) But he felt strongly that there needed to be more ginger book boyfriends, so—you’re welcome, Danny!
Katelyn Detweiler was born and raised in a small town in eastern Pennsylvania, living in a centuries-old farmhouse surrounded by fields and woods. She spent the vast majority of childhood with her nose in a book or creating make-believe worlds with friends, daydreaming about how she could turn those interests into an actual paying career. After graduating from Penn State University with a B.A. in English Literature, emphasis in Creative Writing and Women’s Studies, she packed her bags and made the move to New York City, determined to break into the world of publishing. She worked for two years in the marketing department of Macmillan Children’s Group before moving in 2010 to the agency side of the business at Jill Grinberg Literary, where she is currently a literary agent representing books for all ages and across all genres.