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Katie Amatruda's Biography

Member Info

Apr 2008

 Katie Amatruda's short story "Suburbia" won an honorable mention in the prestigious 2010 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition, and "Wizzy-wig" was honored in 2008 - it's now online at http://shortstorycomp.blogspot.com/2009/03/wizzy-wig-by-kate-amatruda.html and is the basis of her latest novel.


Katie is a member of the Marin California Writers Club, Left Coast Writers, and attended the Squaw Valley Writers Workshops in August 2008 and 2009. When she's not responding to disasters, seeing clients, or writing about trauma, she's scrying for an agent for her novel.


Katie Amatruda, MFT, CST-T, BCETS, EMT, DMAT, DSHR-DMH is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress - Diplomate, American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, and a teaching member of the International Society for Sandplay Therapy. She is part of the Marin Medical Reserve Corps, of CAMFT's Trauma Response Network, a member of DMAT CA-6 and a licensed EMT. With the American Red Cross, she is a Disaster Service Mental Health volunteer, Disaster Action Team member and the Mental Health Lead for the Marin County Chapter. She's been to the Southeast Asia Tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, Florida Tornadoes, the San Diego wildfires, and many local disasters. She has a private practice in Novato.


Katie is really a mermaid masquerading as a human.


Upcoming Works

My novel Wizzy-wig was a semifinalist in the 2011 William Faulkner - William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition!

Interests & Hobbies

Writing, Painting, Responding to Disasters, Traveling, Dancing up a Storm, Thunder and Lightning