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Katherine Sturtevant

Katherine Sturtevant

I grew up in California’s Santa Clara Valley.  When we moved there I was five years old, and the valley was filled with fruit orchards.  The house I lived in was a big, eccentric place, built in part by my father and his friends. It had a huge brick fireplace, a screened-in porch where we ate and sometimes slept in summer, a "secret" recess in one of the bedrooms where Easter nests were always hidden, and dozens of built-in bookshelves.  The house sat on three acres of land dotted with fruit trees and outbuildings.  I had a dozen favorite places to lie reading.
I come from a book-loving family.  My grandmother worked at the Library of Congress during the 1940s and later owned an antiquarian bookshop.  My mother was a school librarian for many years and always brought home wonderfully written stories, many of them set in other eras.

I was a writer from an early age.  I wrote stories, poems, and plays; I wrote them for school and I wrote them on summer vacation.  My grandmother gave me a portable typewriter for Christmas when I was twelve.  After that, it traveled with me on every camping trip we took.  I would sit at a picnic table, under evergreens, and turn our humdrum vacations into tales of heroic rescues or martyred pets.
By the time I was in high school, the fruit orchards in the valley had given way to housing tracts and electronics plants.  One night, when I was sixteen years old, our big funny h

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