About

I love the idea that my words may inspire someone to be more than they thought they could be.

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Here’s an introduction to me …

My name is Kathryn Harper – Mum to Ashley and Cole and partner to Simon – and together we are lucky enough to live in Wanaka, New Zealand. I love to write, draw, walk, ride, play – and generally have fun in this beautiful place I get to call home.

And this is what I do …

It feels like a purpose of mine to connect with my past and turn it into stories and lessons that will help both children and adults to Love the life they have. Writing and drawing are life-long Loves of mine. Speaking is a new one I have recently discovered. Through these mediums I share the many lessons I have learnt on my way through being selective mute, shy and misunderstood to feeling empowered and excited about life.

I write and illustrate children’s books

In 2013 I became author-illustrator of the Katie-Jane series of picture books for children. These are written to introduce different concepts, with the overall aim of encouraging self-belief and personal power in their young readers. Parents, teachers and health professionals all use and enjoy my books.

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All my books are available to purchase from my website – here’s the link if you’d like to have a look >>>

I have many more books on their way – and also illustrate for other people too. If you are interested in picking my brain for your own writing project, or having me quote on illustrating your book, I’d love to hear from you!

I blog, and write for adults too

As a child I was selective mute. I longed to speak and I had a lot that I wanted to share. Now my time has come … You can read an introduction to my experiences with selective mutism here – or dive straight in and explore the blog here.

This year I will release my book about selective mutism, “I have something to say!” Please subscribe to my newsletter at the bottom of the page if you’d like stay in the loop on this one.

And this is my big dream …

I never imagined that one day I might actually want to find myself in a room full of people – all of them looking at me.

But I do.

As a speaker I am still finding my feet a little – but I have a lot that I would like to say, and as I un-tie my words, you can be sure that I will say them! Podcasts, vlog posts, webinars and face-to-face events are all on the cards. As they say – just watch this space!

Let’s keep in touch

I’d love to connect with you if you enjoy my work. If you’d like to receive updates, and hear about book releases and special offers as they happen, please either follow me on Facebook, or subscribe to my newsletter … I hope to see you there!

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