Katherine Gotthardt, M.Ed., writing concentration, has been writing, editing and teaching for more than twenty years. She considers herself a writer by nature and by trade, having begun writing for fun as soon as her mother helped teach her to read.
While Katherine's first love is poetry, she also holds an interest in writing articles, columns and short fiction. Besides being published in dozens of print and online journals and newspapers, she has authored four books: Poems from the Battlefield, Furbily-Furld Takes on the World, Approaching Felonias Park and Weaker Than Water. She will be releasing a fifth book, another collection of poetry, and she is dabbling in short pieces on Facebook that she calls her "social experiment," #KatherinesCoffeehouse. Some of the coffeehouse series appears on this site as well.
In her "other" life, Katherine is CEO of All Things Writing, LLC, focusing on content development and content marketing for small to mid-size businesses, writing and disseminating material to increase client visibility while supporting their brand.
Katherine's full profile can be found on LinkedIn. She is available for speaking engagements.
An inside look at an author's thoughts:
So I rarely talk about my books. I don't know why. I marketed them at first, but then, it became more important to me that I had written them than that people bought them. I never set out to earn a living writing books (though when I was younger, I did want to be an immortal poet - aim high). But everything happening now, more so than at any other time since then, brings me back to my first book, the one that of course has done the best in the local market, "Poems from the Battlefield." It's poetry based on my experiences hiking and learning in the local Civil War battlefields and visiting the museums.
Most of the poems are written in persona. I wanted to get into the heads of the people of the time and really dig deep into what caused the war, how people got enmeshed in it, why passions ran so deeply. For me, it was a study in human nature and history, one completely foreign to me, since I grew up near Concord, MA where the Revolutionary War was "the thing." I'd gone to Revolutionary War re-enactments as a kid, walked the Freedom Trail in Boston...it was part of me. This Civil War thing...I didn't get it. And I still don't think I do, even after all this time. How is it we fought so hard to be together, only to destroy each other?
Before everyone starts jumping on the political bandwagon, be forewarned. I'm nonpartisan. I hold a keen dislike for parties, politics and, truth be told, most politicians. I'm generally distrustful of groups and have a tendency to walk a line that annoys people on either side of it. The important thing to me has always been people living together, if not harmoniously, then at least without malice. We fought for the right to live like that. So now we owe it to ourselves and everyone else.
When I started this post, I had no idea I'd still be writing - it's really much too long. I don't know who will bother reading it all, but I just had to get it out there, along with something I thought and said when I wrote that first book about that horrible war, our "civil" war. We must never forget it. But we must never re-live it. I am standing by that statement. I hope others will, too.
All Things Writing is currently assisting me in getting my name and services in the market place. I have only praise for the job they are doing. If you need some help with this issue call Katherine and find out more. You'll be glad you did.
-Ray Halpern, Affordable Carpet and Flooring
I had fun writing in school, and English/Language Arts was a favorite subject of mine. While I enjoy writing, and could do an adequate job of it myself, I just don't have the time to generate the content I need on a consistent basis and still take care of other projects. All Things Writing to the rescue! Working with Katherine helps me free up time to develop other ideas and create in other ways. The writing gets done for me in a voice that is professional and polished every time. She has been a Godsend!
-Lisa Marino, Head of the Class Dog Training
I have been working with Katherine/All Things Writing for several months now and have not been disappointed with any of her work...she takes care of things I have no time for and makes me and my company have a much more professional online presence.
-Teresa Giltner, MT Needleworks
Katherine is at the top of her game when it comes to all things writing - the business name is so appropriate! Whether I am stuck on a project or looking for a novel way to express myself or my organization, I always feel in good hands with this company!
-Traci Carrano Jones, Rise Phoenix Rise