Local lovers of literature will soon have the opportunity to celebrate and encourage the first published works of Granite Falls resident Kathryn Knutson.
Knutson is a 33-year-old mother of two from St. Cloud who teaches Speech Pathology at Bert Raney Elementary. Up until recently, few were aware of her talent for scrawling stories but with the news of her presentation and book signing at the Granite Falls Library on Thursday May 17, the word––or more appropriately, her words, have gotten out.
Between the demands of her job and caring for Jason, 9, and Jesse, 2, the time Knutson finds to write is usually relegated until after her boys are in bed with their dreams, which given the hair-raising aspirations of her novel, "The Possession of Cassie Quinn,” is probably fitting––as nobody would picture Steven King penning “Pet Sematary” to the sound of song birds at the sun’s first light.
Since the age of five, Knutson has been compelled to write, and admits that throughout her childhood she was aware it was to be her life’s ambition.
“In the back of my head I just always knew that one day I would be a writer,” she said.
To date, Knutson has written or is in the midst of writing five books involving subjects about everything from parallel universes to a girl’s experiences living in Costa Rica––a country close to her heart, having taught English in the tropical environment for two years after college.
Comprised of a mixture of her life experiences and an imagination allowed to run wild, Knutson’s writings are usually inclined to be driven by the latter, she said.
“I get inspired by a lot of things. Sometimes I just see a picture of something or I’ll be walking in woods...” she said. “For instance, I might see three stumps sitting together in a way where it looks as if people were seated there talking. I’ll begin asking: who were those people? What were they talking about? And it just goes from there.”
While the latest draft of “The Possession of Cassie Quinn” was written over a year-and-half period beginning in the summer of 2010, the initial idea harkens back to a story Knutson penned as a thirteen-year-old.
Though written with a youthful audience, 11 to 17, in mind, like the Hunger Games, the book is able to appeal to those of all ages. At its heart, “Its a ghost story,”?says Knutson. “And I just hope I’ve given my audience a fun read.”
The synopsis delves deeper into what awaits for those who fall into mystery, it reads:
A long, dark driveway towards an old farmhouse. A new stepsister with a nasty streak. A little sister who runs off. Something sinister lurking in the woods. Cassie Quinn's new home comes with . . . complications. Cassie never believed in ghosts before. But now she is receiving strange messages, telling her to stay out of the woods. Are the messages just a ploy by her stepsister? Or are they warning her of an evil that stalks the shadows of the woods beyond her home?
Page 2 of 2 - Despite a seemingly paranormal experience she recently witnessed herself, Knutson says she is still on the fence as to whether ghosts are in fact real. When she takes the stage this coming Thursday, it is a question that could be opened for debate as she expounds on her literary world and welcomes queries from her audience.
Those interested in purchasing the book will be able to do so at Knutson’s presentation scheduled to take place at the Granite Falls Library on May 17 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Otherwise, Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble as well as Knutson’s website: Kathrynknutson.com also provide avenues for purchase.