Katie Gilstrap, wildlife advocate and space enthusiast, earned her Master of Arts in English from Kansas State University. Diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder at an early age, Katie now strives to celebrate neurodiversity in children’s literature by writing kid-friendly books that inspire confidence, courage, and self-acceptance. Though she is now a full-time author, most of her writerly inspiration stems from the years she spent working as a veterinary technician. Her love for animals can be seen in everything she writes, including her debut picture book, SPACEMANATEE! When she’s not tucked away in her word burrow, Katie can usually be found staring at the night sky, eating tofu with garlic sauce, or swimming with her dogs.