Kat Boyd is fortunate to have been immersed in words from her earliest days when at three years old she cried to go to school to learn to read and write. She has been a marketing copywriter and creative director in Hoillywood for years and was the head writer for a soap opera website. She’s strangely proud for the world to know she was a prolific blog writer for the Bratz dolls. She won the F(r)iction Magazine literary competition and was long-listed for the Voyages YA Summer Prose competition. She was thrilled to receive a We Need Diverse Books grant for writing for youth. She was a Top Ten Finalist in the Launch Pad Prose competition and has completed recent fellowships and workshops with Grub Street, Kimbilio Fiction, Roots.Wounds.Words and Tin House. She is proud to have been awarded a Tin House First Novel Residency for 2024. Project Description: Kat will be working on What We Build When We Fall, a multi-generational novel about a Black family living with a curse that has gifted them a legacy of financial and business success but in order to enjoy it, they must sacrifice a son from every generation to a sea demon. The contemporary sacrifice is thwarted when the son at the heart of the story transitions, jeopardizing the legacy and the family’s fate. The novel is a mix of magical realism, history and the generational trauma that can pass through a family and result in debts we must pay to our ancestors to secure our futures.