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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Katie Sparks  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Born: 1984 in Buffalo Grove, Illinois



Illinois Connection

Sparks was born and raised in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. She attended Adlai E. Stevenson High School and received a degree in Journalism from Illinois State University. She now resides in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

At a very young age, Katie Sparks discovered the magic of books. She counted on weekly library visits and treasured receiving her first library card at the age of five. At six, she wrote her first story called Baby Carrie (still in her collection today!)Katie knew then that writing would be in her future. By day, she is an editor for the parent consumer line at a non-profit medical association and enjoys working closely with authors and industry professionals. Immersed in the publishing industry in both her professional and personal life is a dream come true. On weekends you will often find her writing and sipping coffee at one of the many unique coffee shops in Chicago, spending time with family and friends, or curled up with a new book.Katie has been an active member of SCBWI for the past seven years. She lives in Chicago with her devoted and extremely vocal cat Moe. Reality Natalie, published by Firedrake Books, is her first novel.You can catch up with Katie online on her website, Goodreads, Twitter and Facebook.

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Titles At Your Library

Reality Natalie
ISBN: 1941036104

Firedrake Books, LLC. 2014

When the most popular kid-hosted TV show holds guest host auditions, the show’s BIGGEST fan decides to try out. [Cue Natalie Greyson] Eleven-year-old Natalie is determined to overcome turning into a tongue-tied, air ball burping, runny-nose disaster whenever she gets into an


situation. Her destiny is to land the coveted role of guest host on Kidz Konnection. As the show’s biggest fan, no one could possibly deserve it more! But two GIANT obstacles stands in Natalie’s way: her parents and her naturally talented best friend, Kailyn. Kailyn will stop at nothing to become guest host, and Natalie turns to her blog to vent her frustrations. With the stakes running high, Natalie goes against her parent’s wishes and decides to audition. But Kailyn has her own secret plan to become Number One, even if it means doing so at the expense of her best friend. Now, Natalie must find a way out of the drama and into the spotlight. But will the competitive pressure cause her to lose her ultimate dream,

along with

her best friend?