This week’s Kids Team post is a Q&A with Katara Patton, Acquisitions Director for children & youth products at Tyndale.
Where are you from originally and what brought you to Tyndale?
I was born and raised in a little town in Louisiana (Thibodaux). I was introduced to Chicago when I attended grad school at Northwestern. After I got into Christian publishing, I was very interested in working at Tyndale…and one day when I was just checking the company’s site, I saw a position that matched my experience and skills…and the rest is history.
When you were a young child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be on stage somewhere…I thought I could be a singer or a dancer…but reality set in and I majored in Communications in college.
What was your first paid job?
Like many journalists, I wrote obituaries for my local newspaper as my first paid job. It was exciting to be in the newsroom even if I was only handling obits. Turns out, that’s one of the most read sections of the paper.
What do you like most about your job at Tyndale?
I love several things about my job: I work with really talented people who always have great ideas, I get to read lots and lots of kids and young adult books, and I get to develop books with authors.
What is your one of your favorite Tyndale Kids product and why?
So Long, Insecurity Teen Edition by Beth Moore says everything I’d want to say to a tween/teenaged girl (even women!).
What is your family’s favorite wintertime activity?
Well, watching football is a fall sport, huh? But no, really it is probably Sunday afternoons camped in front of the TV watching football. My four-year-old even knows how to say: “oh, aww, get him” while watching. She picked that up very quickly from her father!