The Story Behind Kathryn the Grape
As shared in the back of each Kathryn the Grape book…
The idea for Kathryn the Grape to be an illustrated book character originally came from Kathryn Cloward’s mother, Mary. In 1999, Mary shared with her daughter a desire to write a book centered on a character named Kathryn the Grape — the grade-school nickname Kathryn affectionately acquired from her softball coach, the late Nello “Mr. P” Pierozzi. At age 11, Kathryn welcomed the fitting moniker, a fun adaptation of Catherine the Great, because she loved the color purple and wore it every day. Although mother and daughter had discussions about bringing the stories of Kathryn the Grape to life, the momentum wasn’t there initially; it simply wasn’t the right time.
It wasn’t until January 2009, when Kathryn experienced significant life changes, that the messages of and purpose for Kathryn the Grape became clear. It was during this time that Kathryn started to really accept and love all of the things that made her unique. After being awakened at 3 a.m. a few days in a row with the message “get up and start writing Kathryn the Grape” flowing through her mind, Kathryn decided to do just that — get up and start writing. The more she wrote, the more she was inspired with purpose to be a messenger of love through stories and songs to help her son and people of all ages love and accept what makes them unique.
Every story Kathryn creates and writes includes experiences from her own life. She is intentional about simplifying life lessons she has learned into written and visual experiences all ages can easily understand and enjoy. Then, Kathryn takes the lessons taught through her book series and she writes songs to accompany them. Each Kathryn the Grape Affirmation Series book includes a special “tool” of self-awareness and self-love for readers to use throughout their lives.
Heart-Centered Mindful Messenger of Love
Kathryn Cloward is a purposeful messenger of love who’s earned national praise for her award-winning Kathryn the Grape® Affirmation Series of books and music. Through her illustrated likeness of Kathryn the Grape, Kathryn provides multigenerational self-empowerment tools of love through storytelling. An award-winning author, songwriter and entrepreneur, Kathryn is passionate about creating and sharing heart-centered mindful media with positive and empowering messages for people of all ages to enjoy. She is on a mission to ripple love, compassion, and unity throughout the world.
As a little girl, Kathryn loved writing songs and singing them to her dolls. She always dreamed of one day growing up and sharing her original songs with others. Now that is exactly what she does through Kathryn the Grape and her Kathryn Cloward music (www.KathrynCloward.com) — a purposeful path Kathryn paved for herself through decades of professional resilience and courageous personal transformation. With over 18 years of being an altruistic serial entrepreneur, it was a natural choice for Kathryn to streamline the production and publication of all of her books, music, and media independently through her company, Kandon Unlimited, Inc.
When she is not writing, performing, or speaking at events, Kathryn enjoys going for long walks, spending time with her family and friends, and exploring with her son, Landon.