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Katrina Anne Willis

Wife of one, mother of four, I am a writer, reader, friend, runner (slow and steady wins the race), and avid red wine consumer. I'm currently the "Mom Blogger" for Indy's Child magazine and author of "Table for Six: The Extraordinary Tales of an Ordinary Family." Over the past couple of years, I've been honored as a 2011 Midwest Writers Fellow and was a finalist in the 2012 Notes & Words Essay contest (brain child of the indomitable Kelly Corrigan). I love my family, my friends, my cozy pillow, Brooks running shoes, Dave Matthews, homemade pesto, and Apothic Red more than anyone will ever know. XO

Story: Baby Steps

Reviews

Lisa Rose

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Sorry, I wasn't even checking the writing, I was living the story. Very, very good. In my opinion if a story moves you to tears, (lots of them) then there were no mistakes. If you have the time, please read my story 'Drift Away' and leave a review to let me know if you liked it.

Friend of Mine

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keep it coming

lizzie

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This story is heartfelt and really brings out the raw emotion of every character. Beautiful story.

Mountain Girl

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This story is real and raw. It hauntingly compares two of the many faces of grief, and highlights the ugly truth that a marked line of only seconds can transform everything.

allworknoplay

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Love the imagery of the banana going brown...the little boy dressed as the man he would never become... Thank you, Katrina.

Moe

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This story hit me so hard emotionally, that I had to stop reading and come back to again another time. Powerfully written.

Jane

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Great job!!

Alyce Wilson

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As the mother of a 2-year-old, this piece spoke to me in its devastating depiction of a family dealing with unendurable grief. The story does a great job of capturing the conflicting emotions suffered by both parents and their difficulty in dealing with the grief. The fatal incident, however, read a little bit like a Hollywood movie depiction I think we've all seen too often. To take this piece to the next level, I would suggest finding another, perhaps less cliched, way that the mother might be responsible for a fatal accident. It's not that incidents like this one don't happen: but it's far more common that children to die of illness or accidental neglect, such as leaving a child in a car seat during a sweltering hot day. Regardless, this is one of the strongest pieces I've read so far in this competition and deserves to place higher.

Carrie

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What a heart wrenching yet beautifully written account of a parent's anguish.

StoryGoddess

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didn't feel the emotions as deeply as some other reviewers, but still thought it was a decent read.

kathleenpatricia

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This story was dry and boring. I had to force myself to finish it. I didn't feel the emotion mentioned by other reviewers. Maybe I am missing something.

Dave DiGrazie

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A very poignant tale, a few minor technical issues with the writing - but this author's excellent portrayal of the emotional subtlety between this husband and wife makes it a promising read and marks her as a potentially special talent. Congratulations to her for taking on such a tough topic and doing a very nice job with it!

tj

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wow! chills!

farmboy

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Beautiful expression of an unbelievable situation. Emotion drips from every word. Truly talented writing.

Frances Bell

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Yes, beautifully written.

Cecelia

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Heartbreakingly beautiful. An impossible subject handled with just the right blend of rawness and delicacy.

R R

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Excellent story, with a depth and richness- I could feel the pain of the parents.....

Becky11

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Raw, heartbreaking, beautifully penned story of a Mother and Father's ultimate tribulation. A must read.

Caroline

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Characters where two dimensional and did not draw me in.

Laura McH

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Well-written story with a topic I knew I didn't want to read about, but couldn't stop once I started. Katrina's words are smooth and well crafted.

Book lover

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That was so soulfully written...I wonder if the author experienced losing a child or if someone very close to her did. It made me outright cry like a baby. Every parents worst nightmare... Very well written, lovely story.

Sammi

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You're such a talented writer. So much emotion!

sparky

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As a momma who had to bury a child; i was grateful Katrina could capture some of my own, raw emotions at that time. Beautifully written my dear.

Andrea

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Wow! Primarily, almost to the exclusion of all else, I am a non-fiction reader. If and when I take the time to read something fictional, it has to be very good and very believable. This DEFINITELY meets both those criterion. Amazing!

nicole

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Especially loved this line: "All that remained in her was one keening wail, animal-like in its rawness and intensity, Jonah’s name tethered to the end of it like a kite." Very well done.

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