How a Childhood Nickname Became a CharacterThe idea for Kathryn the Grape® to be a children's book character originally came from Kathryn Cloward’s mother, Mary. In 1999, Mary shared with her daughter a desire to write a children’s 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. While mother and daughter had discussions about bringing the stories of Kathryn the Grape to life, the momentum initially wasn't there; it simply wasn’t the right time.
Messenger of LoveIt wasn’t until January 2009, when Kathryn experienced significant life changes, that the messages and purpose for Kathryn the Grape became clear. As Kathryn journeyed through a season of tremendous personal transformation, she started to develop authentic and unmasked self-love while tuning into the awareness of what makes her uniquely magical, colorful, and love (the affirmations she shares in her first three books). After being awoken a few days in a row at 3 a.m. with the message, "get up and start writing Kathryn the Grape," streaming through her consciousness, Kathryn listened to this intuitive call to action and starting writing the stories of her life. The more she wrote, the more she was infused with clarity that she was meant to be a messenger of love purposed to help her son and people of all ages have tools of personal responsibility and empowerment. She takes nuggets of wisdom gained through her own life experiences and simplifies them for others to enjoy and easily absorb into their consciousness. Kathryn is mindful that every message shared through Kathryn the Grape carries an intention to teach, inspire, heal, and awaken the inner child within all of us.
Rippling Loving KindnessKathryn is intentional about honoring the people who have had a positive influence on her life and helped her fulfill her purpose by including them as characters in her books. She has also invited a variety of people to assist her in rippling loving kindness throughout the world as she makes apparent the vision that was ingrained in her consciousness and infused in her heart years ago. Kathryn the Grape's ripple effect has reached a worldwide audience as more and more people welcome this vibrant messenger of love into their homes and hearts.
About the Original "Kathryn the Grape"
Kathryn Cloward is purposeful about rippling love, compassion, kindness, and acceptance into the world. An award winning author, songwriter, and entrepreneur, Kathryn is passionate about creating and sharing engaging messages with the intention of helping others develop authentic and unmasked self-love. Kathryn believes that compassionately loving and accepting ourselves is the natural catalyst for shifting away from fear taught behaviors and beliefs, and back to our natural vibration of unconditional love. Kathryn's purposeful messages have her earned four Family Choice Awards and four Mom's Choice Awards. She has also been recognized for her entrepreneurial and inspirational endeavors by being honored as one of San Diego Magazine's Woman Who Moves the City (2012), the featured mompreneur on the cover of San Diego Family Magazine (May 2011), awarded as an Inspirational Woman by the Speak for Success Women Changing the World Awards (2010), and was selected as one of San Diego Metropolitan’s top 40 Under 40 (2010). Kathryn lives in her native San Diego with her family, and enjoys spending her spare time singing, playing her guitar, and exercising outdoors.
You can find out more about Kathryn at www.KathrynCloward.com.