Sometimes I remember a story written years ago and wonder what happened to the subject.
Katie Mattie, for instance, was a charming high school senior who’d composed a novel, the first in a projected four-volume series about teenage girls receiving powers from the Greek gods to defeat the Titans.
Katie had even landed a literary agent who thought he could sell the work.
I remember feeling inspired as I drove home that winter night after interviewing her.
Today, I dug out my report for a refresher. At the time of our interview, the 17-year-old was 60,000 words into the second novel.
She had sent out one–and only one–college application: to Notre Dame.
Searching her name online turned up my own news photo, snapped as I teetered on one of the Mattie family’s chairs.
There’s a YouTube video of her Ypsilanti High School valedictorian’s address in 2010.
And I discover that, nearly six years later, she’s a Notre Dame graduate and has won an award for filmmaking. Her website says she self-published the novel. And her LinkedIn profile lists her job as social media program manager at Fighting Irish Media.
Katie Mattie, I still find you inspiring!