Author finds the positive in tragedy with new memoir

October 9, 2016 by  

A local writer has taken a harrowing experience from nine years ago and channeled it into a creative work, with a book signing to be held next week.

Katie McKenna, from Manhasset near Williston Park, was riding her bike in Brooklyn in 2007. After the light turned green, she was hit by an 18-wheel tractor trailer and ended up seriously injured.

McKenna found that writing helped her work through the feelings and stress she was experiencing. She told The Island Now:

“Writing was so helpful because it gave a voice to a lot of feeling that I had. I felt so much better after I had written about it. I found levity and humor in the terrible moment.”

She ended up turned her writing from that time into a book, ‘How to Get Run Over by a Truck’. She describes her book as a “surprisingly hilarious” memoir about her experience.

Although she currently lives in Brooklyn, she will be returning to her hometown area on October 13 for a book signing, appearing at the Dolphin Bookshop and Cafe in Port Washington.

McKenna’s book followed an interesting route to print. She was initially turned down by 75 literary agents. She posted her book on Inkshares, an independent printing company and publisher. The company edits and markets books that sell at least 750 copies before being published. McKenna’s sold that number in just three days, which was a record for an unknown author.