Family drama Dnsprational drama
Qing Jiang, Jiangsu, China
October 31, 1932
Bridge to Terabithia
“I never wanted to be a writer, at least not when I was a child, or even a young woman,” Katherine Paterson said in a promotional flyer from her publisher. “Today I want very much to be a writer. But when I was ten, I wanted to be either a movie star or a missionary. When I was twenty, I wanted to get married and have lots of children.”
Katherine Womeldorf was the daughter of missionary parents. She attended King College, the Presbyterian School of Christian Education, the Naganuma School of the Japanese Language, and the Union Theological Seminary. In 1962, she married John Barstow Paterson, a Presbyterian clergyman. They have four children.
Her upbringing in Asia gave Paterson a long-lasting appreciation of its cultures, history, and languages. Her family moved frequently, living in fifteen homes in thirteen years when Katherine was growing up. One year was spent in the family's ancestral Richmond, Virginia, area. Katherine came home from first grade on February 14 without having received a single Valentine. Her mother later urged her to write about it. Many years later, the author told an interviewer that all her stories were about the time she did not get any valentines.
Paterson learned to read before she began school. Works of A. A. Milne and Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows were early favorites. Her first published work was a verse that appeared in the