Katrina R. Lippolis
Katrina R. Lippolis, was born Katrina R. Haywood on June 8th 1984 at Seymour Johnson AFB in Goldsboro, North Carolina; only child to Ronnie and Tanglyn Haywood. In her adolescence, she found ways to keep herself occupied; playing with Barbie dolls (which were her favorite toy), becoming engulfed in music and/or reading. She got her first taste of writing at the age of 9 during a reading class where the class assignment was to create a short story. Her story was called, 'The Weeping Flower', which was about a mother flower growing old and slowly wilting away as her child became an adult. It was sad to say the least, but received a lot of praise for its originality and emotional aspect. By age 15, she was introduced to the world of poetry. She'd never written a poem before -- it was all new to her. But, she was willing to give it a shot. Her poem titled, 'The Tornado', was a hit with her 10th grade English teacher. The goal was to write a poem but it was to also be in the likeness of whatever you wrote about. She accomplished producing a good poem on top of creating it in the likeness of a tornado. Her teacher was quite impressed. Katrina's poetry journey really began at the age of 19, while working as a housekeeper at a hospital. She purchased a cloth bound journal from the gift shop and her poetry took flight from there. After a while, poetry became a distant memory. She'd lost her will to write anymore -- she was burnt out. Later, she discovered her love for Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters. Reading books such as; Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Pride & Prejudice as well as Sense & Sensibility. She fell into a rabbit hole she couldn't get herself out of -- Or at least, didn't want to get out of. After becoming inspired by the likes of such great authors, she decided to take a chance at writing short stories once again. The problem was, once she got started, she was unable to finish -- eventually throwing in the towel, quickly losing interest. She would write off and on to try to get the creative juices flowing but nothing worked for a long time. Her urge to place pen to paper would come in the form of a Kpop group known as, BTS (Bangtan Sonyeondan). She joined the amino app and became a member of ARMY Amino which was dedicated to BTS, whose fanbase is called ARMY. She began producing first and third person fan fiction stories that were highly received by fellow ARMYs who would beg her for more. Once a month, she wrote a new story. She finally felt as if this was her calling. Eventually, she became too consumed in the amino and immediately removed herself from it. It was taking over her life so enough was enough. Katrina, again, placed writing on the back burner. At age 35, after several failed attempts at joining different communities on Twitter out of sheer curiosity, a voice inside her head pushed her to join the Writing Community, so she did. It was a bit scary at first, not knowing what to expect or what to do but, she was welcomed with open arms. Through the community, she found her mojo to write poetry again -- tweeting 3 or 4 poems a day for her followers to (hopefully) enjoy. It has been their words of encouragement that drove her to continue in her God given talent; becoming a poet. Everyday since, she's written poems and micro fiction, letting her imagination run wild while also releasing her soul onto every page. She has written hundreds of poems over the years and continues to produce more. Her first published book of poetry, The Way We Fall : Love Amid the Thistles, tackles; love, heartbreak and depression. Three things she is all too familiar with. In the future she intends on creating more poetry for the world to read and to share with others who may enjoy them.Read more Read less
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